It’s a song that most of us have heard thousands of times, and one that many of us have found comfort in during some of the toughest moments of our lives. First released in 1972 by Bill Withers, “Lean On Me” has been covered countless times by multiple artists including Garth Brooks, Glen Campbell and Sheryl Crow.

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Yet Keith Urban’s version of “Lean On Me,” performed on “The Bobby Bones Show” on Oct. 3, could be the one we will all now remember the most. Appearing on the nationally-syndicated radio just days after the Vegas massacre, in which a coward killed 59 people enjoying a country music festival, Keith sang a sweet and subdued version of “Lean On Me” with just the help of his trusty guitar. “We all want to be a part of this community,” Keith said before the first strum. “I want to find comfort in the community.”

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Later, when asked how country music artists should move on from the tragedy, Keith put it this way: “We play music,” he said. “People want to come and be a part of that, and all we can do is take all the precautions we can for us and the audience. To not do it means letting all that hate in.”

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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