Jelly Roll, Tanya Tucker, Dennis Quaid and more salute America’s Heroes

by Preshias Harris / 342 days ago / Comments
# L to R: Richie McDonald, Frank Siller (CEO Tunnel to Towers), Tim Rushlow, Dennis Quaid, Tanya Tucker, Larry Stewart, Jelly Roll, Mikayla Lane, and Krista Marie. Photo Credit: Derrek Kupish

Show taped for TV airing now

Whenever there are good deeds to be done or funds raised for a worthy cause, you can always count on the country music community. When one of those causes involves the needs of our veterans, Gold Star Families, and first responders, country artists always step right up.

Case in point: Country Music Salutes America’s Heroes, a one-night-only event, presented by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, taped outside Billy Bob’s Texas, known as the world’s largest honky tonk. The show began airing in various markets across the USA beginning on Memorial Day weekend and continuing through at least July 15.

The Salute includes powerhouse performances from Jelly Roll, Tanya Tucker, Dennis Quaid, Ian Munsick, Mikayla Lane, Kylie Frey, the combat-wounded Army Infantryman and singer/songwriter Scotty Hasting and The Frontmen (Richie McDonald of Lonestar, Larry Stewart of Restless Heart and Tim Rushlow of Little Texas).  Also on hand: 3x Super Bowl Champions Chad Hennings and Darren Woodson.

Photo caption L to R: Richie McDonald, Frank Siller (CEO Tunnel to Towers), Tim Rushlow, Dennis Quaid, Tanya Tucker, Larry Stewart, Jelly Roll, Mikayla Lane, and Krista Marie.  Photo Credit: Derrek Kupish

During the taping, Tunnel to Towers surprised a Gold Star family with a mortgage-free home. The family of fallen Army Captain Torre Mallard Sr. was presented with the life-changing news by Tunnel to Towers Chairman/CEO, Frank Siller and Dennis Quaid in front of the thousands in attendance, largely first responders, active military and veterans.

“It is so special to see some of country music's brightest stars come out and take the stage to support our veterans, first responders, and Gold Star families,” said the foundation’s Siller.

About the Tunnel to Towers Foundation:

Born from the tragedy of 9/11, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation carries out its mission to “do good,” by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children and by building specially-adapted smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. Tunnel to Towers is also committed to eradicating veteran homelessness and helping America Never Forget September 11, 2001. Discover more about Tunnel to Towers here. Follow Tunnel to Towers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #TunnelToTowers

Find a full list of cities/TV stations airing Country Music Salutes America’s Heroes and air dates here.


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Preshias Harris is a music journalist who has interviewed everyone from Alabama to ZZ Top for articles and stories published in numerous music magazines. She is the author of longest-running monthly country music column in America and authored The College of Songology™ 101: The Singer/Songwriter’s ‘Need To Know’ Reference Handbook. As a music career development consultant with special emphasis on emerging and aspiring artists and songwriters, she focuses on ‘chasing the dream’ while understanding the realities of the music industry. She maintains a writers’ room on Music Row – named The Sangtuary – for her clients and their co-writers. She is a member of ASCAP (as a publisher), BMI, The Country Music Association (CMA), The Recording Academy, The National Association of Talent Directors (NATD) and a life member of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

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