Country singer (and former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman) Darius Rucker visited the Today show this week to promote his Southern Style summer tour and to give away a house to a deserving veteran. Army veteran Daniel Branham served 15 months in Iraq. After he was injured in an IED attack, Branham drove his vehicle to rescue nine soldiers from a gas attack.
Branham believed he was there as part of a tour promotion that will give veterans and their families tickets to Rucker’s shows. What he didn’t know was that General Leroy Sisco from the Military Warriors Support Foundation was also there to join Darius in surprising Daniel with keys to a (paid-for) new house in Mt. Pleasant, SC. +Continue Reading
The Smashing Pumpkins and the Easter Seals Dixon Center will use this summer’s Pumpkins tour to promote the New Beginnings: Reaching America’s Vets campaign. +Continue Reading
Oberlin College cancelled this weekend’s performance by Canadian indie rock band Viet Cong after the college community complained about the band’s name.
Readers who lived through the Vietnam era might think that Oberlin students would be totally cool with and maybe even excited to see a band named after the guerrilla units allied with the Northern army during the Vietnam War. After all, one of the school’s most famous alumni is Rennie Davis, one of the Chicago Seven, charged and tried for organizing the notorious anti-war demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. +Continue Reading
It’s pretty simple: “Fortunate Son” is a protest song written by a Vietnam-era veteran in support of the men who served and against the children of privilege who evaded the draft. +Continue Reading
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey spoke at the 2014 USO Gala on October 17th and described what it’s like to have his job right now by singing an Irish ditty called “The Sick Note,” written by Pat Cooksey. If he’s up for life on the road, the general’s got a future on the folk circuit once he finishes with his current gig.
Check out his musical performance below. +Continue Reading
Time-Life has just released a couple of new DVD box sets for legendary late-night music show The Midnight Special. There’s a 6-DVD set with 8 1/2 hours of performances and documentary footage that’s available in stores($59.95 list) and there’s an expanded 11-DVD set available for $99.95 at the Time-Life website with over 16 hours of viewing. +Continue Reading
Marine Kyle Carpenter had a big day at the White House last Thursday. Not only did President Obama award him the Medal of Honor for using his body to shield another Marine from an explosion in Helmand Province in 2010, he ran into rock legend Dave Grohl roaming the halls of the White House. +Continue Reading
KISS is set to finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month and they’re setting out on a 40th anniversary tour this summer with Def Leppard. The two bands have joined to offer a special presale and military discount for Active Duty, Retiree, Veterans, Reserve/National Guard at the KISS Heroes Get Rewards page. UPDATE: There’s a purchase limit of four tickets per verified ID. +Continue Reading
Griffin House is a songwriter’s songwriter. Unlike so many commercialized pop acts of today, the Ohio native crafts a story rather than just a catchy chorus. House has a deep appreciation for those that serve and have served in our nation’s Armed Forces. He talked with me about what inspires his songs and his life. +Continue Reading
Brian McKnight is a bonafide musical genius. The R&B superstar has worked with some of the top artists of the day like Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Rascal Flatts, and Diddy just to name a few. McKnight has always had a great appreciation for our troops. He chatted with me about life lessons, his career and why he supports the military. +Continue Reading