Brantley Gilbert Invites Trace Adkins, Colt Ford and More to Chattanooga Tribute Show
Brantley Gilbert's Chattanooga benefit show is coming up quickly, and he's just announced the addition of several country artists.
Chattanooga Unite: A Tribute on the River, will take place Wednesday (Sept. 16) and is slated to include just-announced guests Trace Adkins, Colt Ford and Aaron Lewis. The singers will help pay tribute to the five courageous fallen soldiers who lost their lives on July 16 during shootings at a military recruiting center and a Navy-Marine training center in Chattanooga.
The country star is an avid supporter of the military, and when he heard the news of the tragic events that took place, he was determined to help out. Just days after the shootings, Gilbert called into a Chattanooga radio station announcing his intentions.
“It pissed me off, but at the same time, I want do everything I can just to see if I can reach out and help these families a little bit, add my condolences to the families and all the people in Chattanooga,” he said, and then announced, “We want to do a full-blown concert.”
Gilbert explained, “I think we can do something special. We can’t ever give ‘em back [their loved ones], but maybe we can give ‘em a little something.”
The event will honor all servicemen and women, but especially U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, U.S Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, U.S. Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Skip Wells and U.S. Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith, who lost their lives during the shootings.
The day-long celebration also includes performances by Harry Connick, Jr. and Jamey Johnson as well as a memorial ceremony emceed by Chattanooga native Samuel L. Jackson. Gilbert's set will conclude the inspiring evening.
In lieu of ticket fees, attendees are encouraged to make donations at collection bins placed throughout the event or online at ChattanoogaUnite.org. Funds will benefit The National Compassion Fund.
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