ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - August 11, 2016) - Continuing a long-standing country music tradition of supporting those in uniform, RED BOW Records' Craig Campbell wrapped up his first-ever USO tour as part of the Grand Ole Opry/USO 75th Anniversary Concert Series. Having visited nearly 2,000 service members and military families stationed on both the East and West Coast, the Georgia native performed a USO concert hosted by Patrick Air Force Base in Florida Aug. 7, then made a USO visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington Aug. 9.
- An avid supporter of America's service members, Campbell converted both of his USO shows into Opry Circle Throwdown performances. That's right, the star traveled to each base with a signature Opry/USO mic stand and threw down a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House before each USO performance.
- In addition to making audience's swoon with his powerful vocals, Campbell also toured military aircraft and met one-on-one with service members.
- One of country's brightest stars, Campbell launched onto the country music scene in 2011 and continues to exist in a perfect sweet spot between tradition and modernity. Born in Lyons, Georgia, Campbell played piano at his mother's Baptist church for eight years starting at the age of 10. Among his many hit songs are "Keep Them Kisses Comin'," "Fish," "Family Man" and his latest critically-acclaimed single, "Outskirts of Heaven." He is currently in the studio with producer Mickey Jack Cones working on his RED BOW Records' debut album.
- February 4 marked the USO's 75th anniversary and the kick off of a yearlong celebration around the world. Campbell's USO tour was part of that celebration.
- The USO's partnership with the country music industry dates as far back as the early 1940s, when Gene Autry, also known as "The Singing Cowboy," traveled to the Pacific and toured with a group of USO performers. Following in his footsteps and beginning what is now a long-standing tradition, stars of The Grand Ole Opry began touring with the USO in 1949.
- The Grand Ole Opry, the USO and Craig Campbell encourage fans to join them in connecting our nation's service members to family, home and country. To support the USO's Campaign to Connect, visit uso.org/connects and help the USO reach 1 million messages of support to military families stationed around the world.
QUOTE: Attributed to Craig Campbell:
"I had a blast visiting and performing for our nation's service members and their families, and can't wait to get back out there and do it again."
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About the USO:
The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.
In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President's Circle Partners: AT&T, the BNSF Railway Foundation, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, NFL and Four-Star Partners: Advisors Excel, BIC, ConAgra Foods, GEICO, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Starbucks, TKS, USAA and the Wawa Foundation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.
About Craig Campbell:
Campbell launched on to the country music scene with the release of his self-titled debut album (2011) delivering the hits "Family Man," "Fish," and "When I Get It." To date, he has logged five consecutive charted hits with over a billion radio airplay audience impressions and over a half million downloads. Acclaimed as one of the genre's most neo-traditionalist singers, his Top 15 breakout debut "Family Man" was featured on HBO's True Blood and fan-favorite "Fish" has tallied nearly 400,000 digital copies sold. Campbell earned his first Top 10 smash with the infectious "Keep Them Kisses Comin'" from his sophomore album NEVER REGRET (2013). The gifted songwriter co-wrote Garth Brooks "All American Kid" off of MAN AGAINST THE MACHINE. Prior to landing his first record deal, the Lyons, GA native spent time on the road playing keyboard for both Tracy Byrd and Luke Bryan - shows that inspired him nightly. He was soon discovered while playing a regular gig at the downtown Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage. For more information on Craig Campbell visit www.craigcampbell.tv.
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