Joe Nichols Implores Stars to Make Time for Troops
Joe Nichols appreciates country stars’ notorious dedication to charity work. But after spending a week this summer singing for American troops in the Middle East, he can’t help but wish that more of country music’s biggest stars would do the same.
“I’m embarrassed that a lot of very successful country music artists that don’t need the money right now, haven’t even sniffed the possibility of going to Iraq or Afghanistan,” Joe tells GAC. “Why not? It takes two weeks of your time, it doesn’t cost you a dime. What you get out of it is worlds of appreciation — and who doesn’t want that?”
Joe’s visit with American troops in the Middle East this summer is chronicled in the special, ‘Joe Nichols: My Military Diary,’ airing on GAC Nov. 27 through Nov. 30. While experiencing unfamiliar conditions with hot days and long nights, Joe delivers a piece of home to our troops through his music, and reassures our service men and women how much they are appreciated here at home.
“Be cool over here, have hit records and everything like that,” says Joe. “But take two weeks, for cryin’ out loud. We talk about charities that are popular over here — and I think they’re convenient sometimes — but I can’t think of a better charity right now than going over and saving some thousands of troops from a little bit of misery.”