Wednesday, July 24, 2013

CRAIG MORGAN TOAST TO THE TROOPS WITH JACK DANIEL

CRAIG MORGAN RETURNS FOR 20th
JACK DANIEL’S/USO “TOAST TO THE TROOPS” CAMPAIGN 


USO Care Packages Stuffed for Service Members Serving Overseas Along
With Free Base-Wide Concert by Army Vet Craig Morgan for Troops and Families

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (July 24, 2013) – Heading back to one of the largest military installations in the world, the 20th Jack Daniel’s/USO “Toast to the Troops” Care Package Stuffing Party has been set for Fort Bragg, NC, on August 8th.    

Military spouses, USO volunteers, and Jack Daniel’s employees and friends will stuff 7,500 care packages for our troops serving overseas.  Each care package will include a “toast” card – a personal message of support that has been collected by Jack Daniel’s and the USO for our troops. 

The return to Fort Bragg also marks a memorable return for ten-year Army veteran and country music superstar, Craig Morgan, who was stationed at the base during his military service.  Morgan, who has participated in every Toast to the Troops event, will hold a free and open-to-the-public concert at the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds following the care package stuffing.  In addition to service members and their families, the general public is invited to the concert which will start at 5p.m.  Gates for the show will open one hour earlier and no ticket is required.  The public cannot bring pets, outside food and beverage, or large bags and backpacks to the concert.  People with these items will be turned away by on-site security.  Lawn chairs are welcome.

Since Toast to the Troops began in 2005, 19 stuffing events have been held across the country delivering more than 172,000 Operation USO Care Packages to our troops serving overseas.  The campaign last visited Fort Bragg in 2008.  In addition to the toast card message of support, the packages include items requested by service members, such as prepaid international calling cards, toiletries, sunscreen, playing cards, disposable cameras, and snacks.

“We’re so proud to be able to bring our Toast to the Troops event back to Fort Bragg and look forward to honoring our military heroes and their families,” said Jennifer Powell, Senior Brand Manager for Jack Daniel’s.  “The outpouring of support for our nation’s military and their families that we’ve seen through the Toast campaign has been overwhelming, and it’s been a distinct honor to help recognize and thank those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”

 
“Our 20th Toast to the Troops event is a true testament of the dedication and appreciation the Jack Daniel’s family has for the USO and our nation’s military,” said Kelli Seely, USO Senior Vice President of Development and Chief Development Officer.  “We are so grateful for their continuing support to bring a touch of home to those brave men and women serving overseas.”

“Fort Bragg holds a special place in my heart,” said Craig Morgan.  “I served there when I was active duty in the Army, and I feel a special kinship with those soldiers and their families currently stationed at Fort Bragg.  We can’t wait to get there to show them how much they are appreciated and supported.”

“We are very honored to host this stuffing party and to have Craig Morgan perform here,” said Colonel Jeffrey M. Sanborn, garrison commander of Fort Bragg.  “Both the USO and Craig have strong ties to our service members and families, and we consider them both to be one of our own.”

One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “International Harvester” and "This Ole Boy," the title track to his latest album. The project boasted a Top 5 album debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. He's just released the soulful single "Wake Up Loving You" from a new album, The Journey (Livin’ Hits), due September 3 on Black River Entertainment. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008.  Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, he spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award.

Due to heightened security, individuals can no longer send letters and packages addressed to “Any Service Member.”  The Operation USO Care Package program is the best way to send a message of encouragement directly to troops and provide a touch of home.  The USO has distributed more than two million care packages since the program began in 2003.  More information on the Operation USO Care Package program and other USO programs supporting active duty military and their families can be found at www.uso.org.

FASTER HORSES FESTIVAL DRAWS OVER 20K FANS

FASTER HORSES FESTIVAL DRAWS OVER 20K FANS FOR THREE-DAY "HILLBILLY SLEEPOVER"
 

 
Nashville, TN- July 24, 2013- The inaugural Faster Horses Festival drew over 20,000 fans to the rolling Irish hills of Brooklyn, MI this past weekend for the music and camping festival. 
 
"The Faster Horses crowd is dominated by high-spirited and fresh-faced twentysomethings — college kids on summer break, suburbanites from Detroit and Grand Rapids, and fans you might very well spot at next month's
Jay Z - Justin Timberlake show.  This is their scene, and this music — including fest headliners Bentley, Luke Bryan (Saturday) and Jason Aldean (Sunday) — is their party soundtrack." Detroit Free Press  (Photo by Scott Legato)
 

 
Dierks Bentley set the bar for the headliners on Friday, July 19, kicking off the weekend for eager fans and didn't disappoint with a fiery, action-packed set.  (Photo by Ryan Silver)
 

 
Luke Bryan "sent an already hyper crowd into a frenzy" (M Live) on Saturday, July 20.  “Being a part of the first Faster Horses festival was a blast. The energy level of that crowd was through the roof. You would have never known it was the first year!” said Bryan.  (Photo by Scott Legato)
 

 
Jason Aldean closed out the festival with a hit-filled set on Sunday, July 21.  "Our expectations for the first year were blown away by a long shot," said Brian O'Connell, President of Live Nation, Nashville.  "The fans came ready to party and settled in for a weekend of amazing performances.  Our goal is to keep coming back year after year and make this a summer staple, I think we're off to a good start."  (Photo by Scott Legato)

FRANK ORTEGA RETURNS

FRANK ORTEGA RETURNS TO ARIZONA FOR SPECIAL CONCERT
BENEFITING FAMILIES OF FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS
 
Show to take place August 8 at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona
 
Tickets on sale now
 
Nashville, TN – July 24, 2013 … Country music artist Frank Ortega is heading back to his home state of Arizona where he will headline a very special benefit concert to raise money for the families of the firefighters who lost their lives in the recent wildfires. Through ticket sales and donations, Ortega hopes to raise at least $10,000 for the cause.
 
All proceeds will be donated to the 100 Club and placed in the “Survivor's Fund,” which will benefit the families of the 19 Arizona firefighters who died in Yarnell, Arizona this past June. 
 
“I'm an Arizona boy, born and raised,” says Ortega. “I care deeply about what happens to the people and families in my home state.”
 
Tickets to the concert are priced at $10 each and are on sale now at www.martiniranchaz.net. The Martini Ranch is located at 7295 E. Stetson Drive in Scottsdale.
 
The last time the Latin Arizona native performed in his home state was back in November of 2011, in which he raised $2,000 for Tomahawk Elementary School by auctioning off one of his guitars. Funding helped provide library books for the students.
 
Ortega's latest single, “Two Places at Once” is currently New and Active on the Billboard chart as it continues to receive national airplay. The tune, penned by David Lee Murphy, Ira Dean and Kim Tribble, is now available for purchase through iTunes, as well as all other music websites worldwide.

MARTINA MCBRIDE FANS RAISE OVER $40,000


Martina Vandy Check  
MARTINA MCBRIDE FANS RAISE OVER $40,000 FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH
(Nashville, Tennessee...) - Superstar singer/songwriter Martina McBride and her nationwide volunteer group, Team Martina, recently awarded the "Martina McBride Breast Cancer Research Grant" in the amount of $40,550.00 to Nashville's Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, it was announced this week. The grant was given through T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry's largest charity that funds leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research.

The funds will be used to assist triple negative breast cancer research at Vanderbilt. Team Martina member Taira Baughman lost her battle this year with this same type of breast cancer. She appeared in Martina's video for the song "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" in 2011.

"I am so proud of this amazing team of volunteers," said Martina. "They are truly making the world a better place with their fundraising efforts and I'm honored they are doing it in my name. We give this grant in honor of our friend and team mate Taira Baughman who was an inspiration to so many. She dedicated her life to her family and to helping others and this grant will undoubtedly touch the lives of countless women."

Team Martina, a nationwide and global community service group of country music fans dedicated to making the world a better place through volunteerism, held various fundraisers around the country starting in the fall of 2012 and culminating with a sound check party with Martina in Morgantown, WV. Since 2011, the group has raised more than $100,000 for various causes.
Twitter @TeamMartina2011

Fans can catch Martina this Friday, July 26 in the WCOL Celeste Center at The Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets are available here.

DIERKS BENTLEY DETOURS

 
DIERKS BENTLEY DETOURS FROM 18 DAY RUN
TO CO-HOST AND PERFORM ON THE VIEW THIS FRIDAY

Bentley Will Unveil His New Single From
The Upcoming Album RISER On THE VIEW

 
Nashville, TN – July 24, 2013 - Multi-Platinum selling singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will make a pit stop in New York this week in the middle of an 18 day run to co-host on Friday's episode of The View, airing at 10:00A CT on ABC.  Bentley will also reveal his new single to fans with a first-time television performance of the new song off his forthcoming album RISER.
 
From New York, Bentley will pick back up on the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley Locked & Reloaded this weekend in Philadelphia, PA (7/26), Holmdel, NJ (7/27) and Washington, DC (7/28). For a full listing of upcoming tour dates and appearances, visit www.dierks.com.

THE CARTER BROTHERS BAND JOINS ALLMAN BROTHERS

THE CARTER BROTHERS BAND JOINS ALLMAN BROTHERS' JOHNNY NEEL AT TWO OLD HIPPIES
Nashville Concert At Popular Venue at The Gulch Featuring Rare Lineup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 24, 2013) - Compass Records recording artist the Carter Brothers Band will join Johnny Neel, former keyboard player with the Allman Brothers, on Friday, July 26, at Two Old Hippies in  The Gulch. The show is 
Carter Brothers promo electric
The Carter Brothers Band plays at Two Old Hippies on Friday, July 26, with former Allman Brothers keyboard player Johnny Neel. Pictured, Tim Carter, left, Danny Carter, right. (Carter Brothers photo)
scheduled at the popular live music venue inside the 1960s-themed guitar, apparel and gift store from 6 to 7:30 p.m. C.T. The band will be performing songs from their current CD, Road To Roosky, as well as many of their classics, including "Shelby S
treet," "Shacktown Road" and "Jerusalem Moan." Two Old Hippies is located at 401 12th Avenue South (at 12th and Pine). Neel will be featured on music from his current CD, Every Kinda Blues.
 
 
 
"We're excited to share the stage at Two Old Hippies with our friend, blues keyboard legend, Johnny Neel," says Tim Carter. "It's going to be a fun night!"
Johnny Neel headshot
Former Allman Brothers keyboard player Johnny Neel joins the Carter Brothers Band Friday, July 26, at Two Old Hippies. 
(Johnny Neel photo)

"Two Old Hippies is such a cool venue," Danny Carter says. "We don't get to play at home often and we're looking forward to being in The Gulch on a Friday night. That's where the good stuff is going on and we're going to be in the middle of it!"
 
For more information about Two Old Hippies, visit twooldhippies.com. For more information about Johnny Neel, visit johnnyneel.com. For more information about the Carter Brothers, visit carterbrothersband.com.

About Two Old Hippies:
The roots of Two Old Hippies began in 1970 when owners Tom and Molly Bedell's  friend Sandy Munro became an active part of the Aspen, Colo., music and arts community when he opened the Great Divide Music store. Now called Two Old Hippies, the store has become known for embracing peace, love and rock 'n' roll of the 1960s through music, apparel and gifts.

Two Old Hippies opened the second "flagship" lifestyle store in Music City, Nashville Tenn., on September 19, 2011. Located at 12th and Pine in The Gulch area, this store at 8,000 square feet boasts a stage complete with a Hammond B3 Organ and Leslie, Roland keyboard, Ludwig drum set, and, of course, Bedell and Breedlove acoustic guitars, truss stage lighting and a mixing board. We have created a special guitar room called "The Vault" which is host to our premium Bedell and Breedlove guitars and provides sanctuary for those that wish to jam in a quiet space. The rest of the store is an experience of our unique apparel collections, accessories, fun novelty and gift items, and our very own "Magic Bus" located right in the center of the store. The walls are lined with an incredible collection of rock n roll memorabilia all available for sale. 

For more information, visit twooldhippies.com. 

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