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Charlie Daniels Celebrates Musical Freedom and Heritage at 40th Anniversary of Volunteer Jam

Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images for Webster PR

Since the first Volunteer Jam with Charlie Daniels in 1974, a few things have changed, but one thing has remained: celebrating the generous spirit of southern rock – with a few surprises.

“Ain’t it good to be alive, and to be in Tennessee?” – Charlie Daniels

This year’s special event raised more than $200,000 for the Journey Home Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Charlie Daniels to connect donors with veterans organizations. Proceeds will also benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation.
The almost 5-hour-long concert was a “who’s who” of legendary musical artists. Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys quipped, “We’ve got more acts tonight than are running for president!”

Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Webster PR

Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Webster PR

Craig Morgan noted that the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam “is a piece of history.” Surprise guests included Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynrd, Blackberry Smoke, and Jamey Johnson, who were in addition to the guests already on the bill: Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ryan Weaver, Wynonna, Craig Morgan, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Dean, Michael W. Smith, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, and Montgomery Gentry.

Lee Greenwood, known for the patriotic classic “God Bless the USA,” kicked off the show and set the tone for the night. Greenwood described Charlie Daniels as not only a “big brother” figure, but also as “a perfect lesson in how to live.” Numerous other artists echoed those sentiments throughout the night, revering Daniels’ musical talents and warm spirit.
But when it comes down to defining the music, it’s all about the spirit and authenticity.

Blackberry Smoke describes southern rock as “musical freedom,” while Ted Nugent talked about how he loves the “attitude and spirit” of the music. Billy Dean brought the discussion to contemporary country music, and how he feels that acts like Florida-Georgia Line are unjustly criticized for making music that is authentic to who they are.

In addition to the music, the main message of the event was about supporting veterans when they transition back to civilian life. Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity co-hosted the event alongside SiriusXM “The Highway” host Storme Warren. Throughout the night, they recognized military servicemen and women, including two Benghazi survivors, whose story will be portrayed in an upcoming movie called “13 Hours – Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” The title sponsor of the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam, Henry Repeating Arms, presented a $200,000 check on stage to The Journey Home Project.

For more information about how you can get involved with the non-profit, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.

Craig Morgan Announces 9th Annual Charity Event

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Craig Morgan will host his 9th Annual Charity Event benefitting the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation on October 17th in Dickson, Tennessee. Known for his high-flying skills on the motocross tracks, the country music star and award-winning TV host will go green in 2015, starting with a golf tournament at Greystone Golf Course, followed by a family-friendly festival from the city’s War Memorial Lawn, and capped with a memorable concert with Craig Morgan and friends. Tickets are on sale starting Saturday, August 8th at CraigMorgan.com and HERE. Additional details and participants for the October 17th events will be announced in the coming weeks.

All proceeds from Craig Morgan’s golf tournament and festival will benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation, supporting foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. The organization’s primary goal is to assist foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. Both events are open to the public. Event tickets are available at CraigMorgan.com starting August 8.

Morgan, a country music entertainer, military veteran and award-winning TV host, just launched season six of “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on Outdoor Channel. The Black River Entertainment recording artist has spent the last six months focused in the studio, recording a new album with producer Byron Gallimore, and new music is expected to be released this year. Morgan’s Billy’s Place 5k, also supporting the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation, will be held August 22. Participants can register HERE.

Actors Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thorton to Make Their Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton are each scheduled to make their Grand Ole Opry debuts Tues., August 18. Duvall, courtesy of Alcon Sleeping Giant Music, will serve as a guest announcer during the show and perform the song “Cheyenne”, with music producer Michael Hodges, from the original motion picture soundtrack Wild Horses. Roots-rock band The Boxmasters featuring Thornton and also consisting of Teddy Andreadis and J.D. Andrew will perform a set including tunes from the 2015 release Somewhere Down The Road. Among others scheduled to appear that evening are Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, David Nail, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Thomas Rhett.

“As we celebrate the Grand Ole Opry’s 90th anniversary, we appreciate when talented personalities from all walks of life recognize the impact of the Opry and want to join us in Nashville,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “We’re looking forward to some good music from our new friends and to sharing a fun night with them and our audience.”

Past Opry performers have included Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek, who played the Opry while preparing for her role as Opry legend Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Kevin Costner, who has played the Opry three times with his band Modern West. Other guest performers and guest announcers have included Kevin Bacon, Jack Black, Lester Holt, Robin Roberts, and Bob Schieffer, to name a few.

Duvall has been nominated for seven Academy Awards (awarded for his performance in Tender Mercies), seven Golden Globes (winning four), and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Emmy Award. In 2005 he received the National Medal of Arts. His films and television series are some of the most popular of all time including The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, To Kill a Mockingbird, THX 1138, Colors, Joe Kidd, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, MASH, Network, The Apostle, True Grit, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, Falling Down, Tender Mercies, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Natural, Lonesome Dove, and Get Low.

The Boxmasters formed in 2007 and released its self-titled debut record to critical acclaim.  The band has enjoyed success on the Americana radio and albums charts, and its Opry stop is part of a summer tour.

Among other artists confirmed for Opry appearances in August are Alison Krauss, Crystal Gayle, Connie Smith, Josh Turner, and Chris Young.

Craig Morgan Announces Annual Billy’s Place 5K

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Craig Morgan is challenging his fans, friends and neighbors as he prepares to host the second annual Billy’s Place 5k on Saturday, August 22 at 8am from Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, Tennessee.

Runners and walkers can sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-billys-place-5k-tickets-15720811370. Registration is $30 in advance and $35 for walk up registrations day of race, while tickets for children 7 and under are free and they are welcome to participate in the 60-yard dash. Spirit tickets will be available for supporters who prefer to participate from the sidelines. Everyone registered by August 1 will receive an official race t-shirt and the top 5 female and male finishers will receive a commemorative trophy.

Schedule of events:
7am Walk-up registration and packet pick-up
8am Race start
9am Kids 60-yard dash
9:30am Race participant awards
10am Craig Morgan performance

The 5K road race will benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation, supporting foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. Morgan, a country music entertainer, military veteran and award-winning TV host, just launched season six of “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on Outdoor Channel. The Black River Entertainment recording artist has spent the last six months focused in the studio, recording a new album with producer Byron Gallimore, and new music is expected to be released this year.

For more information on Craig Morgan, visit www.craigmorgan.com

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