Country Singers Update Fans After Performing At Gilroy Garlic Festival Where A Gunman Killed Three

Rising country stars Caylee Hammack, Waterloo Revival and King Calaway are “okay” after performing at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 29, 2019


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Caylee Hammack; Photo by Steven Alan Worster

Rising country stars Caylee Hammack, Waterloo Revival and King Calaway are “okay” after performing at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California on Sunday (July 28) where at least one gunman opened fire on festival attendees, killing at least three and injuring 15.

According to NBC News, the suspect was shot and killed at the scene. Authorities are searching for a possible second suspect, but they are not sure in what way the possible second suspect is involved.

Describing the shooting scene at a news conference following the horrific incident, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said, “It’s sort of a nightmare you hope you never have to live in reality.”

Caylee Hammack, Waterloo Revival and King Calaway, who each performed at the festival prior to the shooting, took to social media to update fans on their well-being and offer prayers to the victims after the shooting.

“WE ARE OKAY,” Hammack shared on Instagram. “We left right before all this must’ve happened and we are okay. @waterloorevival @kingcalaway and us all played today but we believe are all safe and away from the festival now. This makes me sick. There was so many smiling faces today, just enjoying the beautiful day together. My heart and prayers go out to the 11 injured.”

Duo Waterloo Revival took to Twitter to share their update writing, “Thank you to everyone who has called and Text, we are all okay and safe from the Garlic Festival shootings. Please pray for the victims and their families.”

King Calaway’s message to fans was short, simple and to the point: “Thank you to everyone who has reached out. We’re all ok. Sending out love to everyone at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the emergency services at the scene.”

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the nation’s largest food festivals. The annual event features live performances from musicians of various genres as well as appearances by celebrity chefs.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.