The annual charity motorcycle ride during the Academy of Country Music Awards weekend in Las Vegas saw a first this year with a stop to perform a private concert for members of the military at Nellis Air Force Base north of town.

"We're getting ready to see some of our heroes. They let us live our dreams, let our kids live their dreams,'' ride organizer Eddie Montgomery told The Boot on Saturday. "I can't wait to get out there and sing a song for them.''

Eddie launched the charity event seven years ago with Montgomery Gentry partner, Troy Gentry. "Thanks for showing up today,'' Troy told the invitation-only group of about 50. "Thanks especially to those who have been with us from the start.''

The duo were joined on the ride and in the concert by Randy Houser, a nominee at this year's ACM Awards for the video 'Boots On.' Montgomery Gentry are nominated for Top Vocal Duo at the awards, which will be telecast live Sunday night on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The concert, held after a motorcycle ride through the streets of Sin City, also featured Dierks Bentley, LeAnn Rimes, James Otto and Josh Thompson.

Perfect weather greeted the riders, with a cloudless sky and temperatures in the low 70s at the 10:00 AM start of the event. Proceeds from the charity ride go to the Academy's philanthropic fund, Lifting Lives. Eddie says he and Troy grew up in communities where people helped their neighbors.

"When we got signed, it was, 'Whatever we can do to help.' Any time we can do our bit to help God make this world a little better, we're willing to do our part.''

The duo will receive this year's Humanitarian Award from the Academy and Home Depot during Sunday's telecast.



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