NASHVILLE NEWS & NOTES – TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018!

Whatever you do, do NOT get on the wrong side of Maren Morris!  Following Sunday night’s heartfelt tribute to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, some viewers and critics took to social media to criticize the effort.  Yesterday, Maren responded with her own thoughts about the criticism.  In response to an editorial from Rolling Stone Country, “How the ACM Awards Dropped the Ball on Recognizing Route 91 Tragedy,” Maren tweeted that the piece was “so unnecessary.”  She wrote, “Artists who want to talk about Vegas HAVE talked about it and everyone just wants to exhale.  How about you ask one of the country music fans who survived that night if they felt the ‘ball was dropped.’ Or ask Jason (Aldean). I think the ACMs WERE respectful.  I get that everyone has an opinion, but if you weren’t there and they aren’t YOUR fans who were taken, maybe don’t judge a show that’s trying to help everyone move on.”
Sam Hunt is revealing why he wasn’t at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas Sunday night.  Sam says he was celebrating the marriage of his long time friend and tour manager, John Worthington.  Sam won his first ACM Award for Single Record of the Year for “Body Like a Backroad.”
Darius Rucker is announcing his ninth annual Darius & Friends benefit concert.  It’s in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The event leads into Nashville’s CMA Music Festival on June 4th and will be held at the Ryman Auditorium.  Tickets go on sale this Friday.