Austin music icon Ray Benson weighs in on Las Vegas shooting

Local country music legend Ray Benson knew several artists who performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last weekend.

“Josh Abbott was there, he's a friend of mine, he's been on my TV show and Jason Aldean. I've played with him at George Strait's last show,” said Benson.

Benson is grateful his friends were spared, but his heart goes out to families dealing with losses.

“It boggles my mind to think of people who would want to do something like that,” said Benson.

Being an accomplished musician, Benson has had his share of performances and he says there are times he could’ve been in harm's way.

“During the Olympics, we played on that stage literally four days before the bomber,” said Benson.

The tragedy is Las Vegas touched all Americans, regardless of religion, race or class. Ever since the news broke, the country music community along with Benson, has been sending thoughts and prayers,.

“There were people going into the line of fire just to save people. There were thousands of people like that,” said Locash, musician.

“That's the country music community. They are family,” said Keith Urban.

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is coming up. The organizers have already offered refunds in the wake of the massacre. Benson is on the list of performers, but is not afraid of any threat.

“If somebody wants to be crazy and do something like that, that's just a chance I'd be happy to take,” said Benson.

He is hoping music lovers can come out, unite and take a stand against hate.

“Music is the unifier, period,” said Benson.

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