NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Rasberry Producer Group today announced that Country Music icon Ronnie McDowell will host a two-hour musical variety show in 10 cities across six states in 10 days, November 4-14, 2013.
“In the wake of recent government shutdown protests in Washington, D.C., supporting our veterans seems more important than ever”
“The American Legacy Tour” features award-winning artists who will perform hit songs from genres including Classic and Outlaw Country, Trop Rock, Motown and Gospel.
“In the wake of recent government shutdown protests in Washington, D.C., supporting our veterans seems more important than ever,” said Danny Rasberry, CEO of Rasberry Producer Group, the tour’s producer and sponsor along with American National Insurance.
Performers include McDowell and Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band members Nadirah Shakoor and Doyle Grisham and former Coral Reefer Amy Lee; Gospel Music’s Florida Boys, Mailboat Records artist Matt Hoggatt, and Country Music’s Coley McCabe, Thom Shepherd and Lee Gibson. Collectively, these acts have recorded music on more than 50 million records sold worldwide.
Organizers hope the tour will call greater attention to homelessness among veterans. A portion of the proceeds will go to causes that directly support veterans in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
“In the old days, when morale was low among the troops, they’d airlift folks like Bob Hope wherever there was a need,” Rasberry said. “A whole generation of service members have come home since then. We want to celebrate and support them here.”
Many of the artists on tour are veterans or have loved ones who have served, including McDowell and Grisham. McDowell has sold 11 million records and has blockbuster hits including “Older Women,” “In A New York Minute,” and “The King is Gone.” He’s known as the voice of Elvis Presley and starred in many Elvis movies and TV shows after Presley’s death.
About the Homeless Veterans Outreach Initiative: In 2009, President Barack Obama and United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced the goal of ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. To address this problem, the VA built the largest integrated network of homeless assistance programs in the country.