The news from Las Vegas that a maniacal madman opened fire on a crowd of country music fans at the Route 91 Harvest Festival rocked the United States. But in this information and technology era, it didn’t take long for the tragedy to reach the phones of country stars performing around the world. But that also means that, equally as fast, messages of love were coming back home from those stars. Sometimes those messages were musical, like the one that came from Eric Paslay.
Eric was part of the “CMA Songwriters Series UK Tour” that also included Randy Houser, Angaleena Presley and hot newcomer Michael Tyler. The wonderfully intimate tour allows each singer-songwriter to tell the stories behind their hits and other favorite songs they’ve written.
One of Eric’s obvious favorites is a song from his self-titled debut, “Deep as It Is Wide.”
Gracefully simple and wonderfully soaring, the lyrics of the song describe that peace and beauty that is heaven: “There’s a path, a glorious light, that guides you up the mountainside / And at the top, if you could you’d cry, ’cause you see pure love for the very first time.”
Eric dedicated his performance of “Deep as It Is Wide,” to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, but in a post on his Instagram page, he also talked about a way to bond after such tragedy. Eric wrote, “It was tough for a moment, playing the first show since what happened in Las Vegas, but the moment we all started singing and remembered THIS is what music (especially country music) is all about, everything felt right. This night was for everyone in Vegas, everyone in the UK, @tompettyofficial and music fans everywhere. Thank you. Excited for the rest of the shows that we are playing this week. See you out there! #love>hate #countrymusic”
Huge thanks to our London audience last night for welcoming all of us with so much love and enthusiasm for country music. It was tough for a moment, playing the first show since what happened in Las Vegas but the moment we all started singing and remembered THIS is what Music (especially country music) is all about, everything felt right. This night was for everyone in Vegas, everyone in the UK , @tompettyofficial and Music fans everywhere. Thank you. Excited for the rest of the shows that we are playing this week- see you out there! #love>hate #countrymusic #cmasongwritersseries #countrymusicweek #london 📷 : @michaeltylermusic
These artists, along with all of the others currently spreading country music on foreign soil, are to be commended. Not only are they sharing the goodness that is country music in the United States, they’re also spreading a message of love, hope and strength.