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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.

Trace Adkins to Headline Inaugural Northwoods Music Festival

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The inaugural Northwoods Music Festival will bring some of the world’s greatest country artists to perform at the scenic outdoor music festival and carnival on the grounds of historic downtown Minong, Wisconsin surrounded by the tall trees of the North Woods and its picturesque lakes. Pre-sale festival 4-pack tickets are on sale now and available for $30.00 and $120.00 with some special incentives for those who buy early (Here). General on-sale will begin June 12. For tickets and information about VIP packages, visit www.nwmfest.com.

On Saturday, August 15, Northwoods Music Festival will debut with a full day and night of music. The award-winning, multi-platinum country music singer TRACE ADKINS will headline with performances from RODNEY ATKINS, JANA KRAMER, DAVID LEE MURPHY, BUCKEY COVINGTON, MAGGIE ROSE and a very special guest to be announced on June 20. Gates to the main festival will open Friday, August 14–Friday admission is free with the purchase of a Saturday ticket–and will kick off the weekend’s festivities with regional tribute artists POP ROCKS, MISH MASH, THE WHITE KEYS and more.

The Northwoods Music Festival will take over downtown Minong, WI, a historic town which is celebrating its 100 Year Anniversary this year. Attendees will enjoy a world-class festival atmosphere with Country Music’s Hottest Performers gracing the Outdoor stage, thrilling carnival rides, a classic car show, games for the whole family, local food and ice cold beer will be on tap, all in a walk-able atmosphere nestled in the scenic North Woods area. The main festival site will be located at (660 Hokah St. Minong, WI 54859) and extend throughout downtown Minong (West 5th St.) as the area is transformed into an outdoor amusement area with a capacity of 10,000 in the main festival site alone.

“We’re fortunate to have a great lineup and bring this caliber of talent and production to Northern Wisconsin,” states the Northwoods Music Festival Development Team. “We’re thrilled to bring world class entertainment to such an intimate environment.  We invite the local community as well as our neighbors far and wide, to come celebrate Minong’s 100 year history and start a new tradition.”

Man Drives Through Crowd at Trace Adkins Concert Killing One

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Billy Carson is behind bars facing homicide and felony reckless endangerment charges after he drove his car through a crowd at a Trace Adkins concert in Huntsville, TN striking four people, killing one.

Authorities say the confrontation started as a fight that sent Billy to his SUV to retrieve a gun. Instead, he got behind the wheel and drove his 4-Runner into a crowd, killing Tony Farrell and injuring Farrell’s son.

Billy Carson will appear in court on May 27th. Luckily, most fans had already left, or the incident could’ve been a lot worse.

The Grand Ole Opry Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Our Troops

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

The show that made country music famous honored heroes of the U.S. military with a red carpet arrival parade and special Opry performance on, Tuesday, May 19.  The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band made its second appearance on the Opry as part of the evening’s events along with performances by Trace Adkins, John Conlee, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Craig Morgan, and Kellie Pickler.

Guests lined the red carpet leading into the Opry House before the show as soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the Tennessee National Guard as well as the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band made their way up the carpet and into the Opry House as the evening’s honorees. Adkins, Conlee, The Gatlins, Greenwood, Morgan, and Pickler took their places on the carpet to officially welcome the soldiers to the Opry and thank them for their service to the U.S. military.

Following the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band’s performance, Pickler thanked members of the band and all members of the Armed Forces, saying, “I think it’s so important that you know that we do not take what you do for granted. We love you all and are so thankful to have you all here tonight to celebrate.”

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

As part of the Opry’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, the Opry is celebrating country’s heart throughout the year, bringing its biggest stars and loyal fans together to support nine important causes over the course of nine months in an initiative called “Cause For Applause.”  May at the Opry is a month-long celebration of U.S. troops and their families in partnership with the USO and MusiCorps. A percentage of the proceeds from May Opry ticket sales goes to the cause when fans mention the code “SALUTE.”

In celebration of the cause, the Opry recently unveiled a new “Salute The Troops” tee collection from the Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler line, the Opry’s first artist-curated collection. A percentage of the sales from the collection will also be donated to the cause. Pickler signed tees in The Opry Shop after her Opry performance last night.

The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band’s Opry appearance was made possible by Humana, presenting sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry. Fans can visit opry.com/causeforapplause to learn more about the May cause partnership and additional causes to be announced throughout the year.

The Opry’s 90th Anniversary Celebration continues throughout 2015. Upcoming artist appearances include Hunter Hayes, Alison Krauss, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood, among many others. For additional media information on the Opry, visit opry.com/media.

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