Singer-songwriter Don McLean was scheduled to perform at the National Rifle Association’s Grand Ole Night of Freedom concert this Saturday in Houston. But, recently, he has decided to withdraw from the event, in light of the Uvalde massacre. McLean left a statement regarding his decision.

In light of the recent events in Texas, I have decided it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week. I’m sure all the folks planning to attend this event are shocked and sickened by these events as well. After all, we are all Americans. I share the sorrow for this terrible, cruel loss with the rest of the nation.”


It may be a bit of a loss for NRA attendees to not hear American Pie or Vincent. But, the rest of the performers for the Grand Ole Night concert believe that the show must go on. Performers for the event include Jacob Bryant, Larry Gatlin, Larry Stewart, Lee Greenwood, and T Graham Brown, with the event being presented by SiriusXM Y2Kountry personality Danielle Peck. 

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As it turns out, Larry Gatlin and Larry Stewart have decided to join Don McLean and pull out of their performances at the NRA concert. Larry Gatlin made a statement regarding his decision.

“To my fellow sad Americans—

I cannot, in good conscience, perform at the NRA convention in Houston this weekend. While I agree with most of the positions held by the NRA, I have come to believe that, while background checks would not stop every madman with a gun, it is at the very least a step in the right direction toward trying to prevent the kind of tragedy we saw this week in Uvalde— in my beloved, weeping TEXAS.

It is not a perfect world and the ‘if only crowd’s’ policies will never make it one. I am a ‘what if guy’ and I can’t help but ask the question, ‘What if the teachers had been proficient in the use of firearms and had, in fact been armed this week? My answer is that there would not be 21 freshly dug graves for 21 of GOD’s precious children.

My prayers and thoughts go to all who are suffering, and I pray that the NRA will rethink some of its outdated and ill-thought-out positions regarding firearms in AMERICA.

I’m a 2nd Amendment guy, but the 2nd amendment should not apply to everyone. It’s that simple.

Larry Stewart has made a statement as well.

“Due to the tragedy in Uvalde with the horrific school shooting and children who died, I want to honor the victims, families, the town and our friends in the great state of Texas the best I know how. So I have made the decision to pull out as a performer for the NRA convention this weekend, especially given the event is just down the road. I’m a strong believer in the 2nd Amendment and I know the NRA is a great organization who teaches strict gun safety with a membership of law-abiding citizens who love our country. I just believe this is best for me at this time. God Bless everyone involved!”

It also looks like Danielle Peck won’t be presenting the event, either.

After much thought, as a both a mother and out of respect for all of the families in Uvalde, TX during the heartbreaking time, I have made the decision to not host or perform at the NRA Event in Houston this weekend. Instead, my thoughts and prayers will be with the families going through this tragic and unimaginable time right now.”


And what will become of T Graham Brown and Jacob Bryant when it comes to the concert?

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