As downtown Nashville awoke to an explosion on Christmas morning, the country music community checked in on social media and shared messages of hope and prayers. They also expressed gratitude for the first responders serving their city.
The Friday morning (Dec. 25) bombing, which involved a recreational vehicle parked on Second Avenue, damaged dozens of businesses and injured three people. As of Saturday evening, a motive remained unknown, according to the Associated Press.
Carrie Underwood sent out “a huge thank you to all the brave first responders in Nashville” on Christmas morning.
Tim McGraw wrote a heartfelt message to the city on Saturday (Dec. 26): “Trying to find the words….but this is a tough one,” he tweeted. “Yesterday, on Christmas Morning, the world watched as Nashville was hit by another tragedy. It’s been a year….but we will rise again.”
“Grateful for the first responders who spent Christmas morning on one of our toughest years ensuring that no lives were lost. We are bruised, but not broken. Praying for my city and hopeful that we will find the strength to rise once again with the dawning of a New Year,” McGraw continued.
“Tough year for Nashville,” Brad Paisley said Friday night. “Be safe everyone.”
Early Friday morning, Cassadee Pope posted an update from Nashville, writing, “Our house shook here in Nashville. Following the info on socials and the news but just praying nobody was hurt.”
“We’re so glad to hear that all of our Nashville crew and friends are safe today,” Eli Young Band wrote after the explosion. “All of the love to Music City today.”
See their messages, and many more, below.