Nashville musicians play benefit for Las Vegas

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 04:56:37 AM. Assorted musicians gathered Monday night at the Mercy Lounge on Cannery Row for “Nashville Gives Back: A Benefit Concert for Las Vegas.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — His sentiments were as blue as the denim he was wearing. “This one’s for Candice,” the man on the mic announced. And then he broke into song. “That girl, she won’t be coming back,” Boo Ray sang, his slide guitar moans underscoring the longing in his voice. The tune in question, “Sea of Lights,” was dedicated to Candice Bowers, a 40-year-old single mother from Garden Grove, California, who lost her life in the Route 91 Harvest tragedy. She was the niece of one of Ray’s close friends. It’s a balmy Monday night in Nashville, and assorted musicians have come together at the Mercy Lounge on Cannery Row for “Nashville Gives Back: A Benefit Concert for Las Vegas.” All proceeds from the show will go to the Music City Cares Fund, which makes donations to various nonprofit organizations, like the Injured Police Officers Fund, to which it has already contributed. These artists have come here to raise funds and one another’s spirits at once. “It’s been such a crazy week. I don’t think anybody hasn’t been affected in some way,” says Josh Mitcham, singer-guitarist for roots rockers Jericho Woods. “Music is the only cure. We have to pull together.” And so within this second-floor music hall, whose brick walls, wooden flooring and exposed piping lend the room an industrial feel, they’re all pulling in unison for a few hours. Nashville is an especially tight music community: There are so many working musicians here, paths get crossed on a nightly basis. And so when the...Read more
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