From Ronnie Dunn
My tour manager and I were sitting around looking at the tour routing last week in San Antonio. We were seeing that we were going to have the entire band and crew out with two days between shows. It’s not highly unusual to have days off between shows but we have been on a mission to come up with ways to do things a little differently. I think it’s important to find ways to connect what we do on a grassroots level with local communities and real people. I feel like I lost touch at times with some of that while with Brooks and Dunn. That machine became so big that it was sometimes impossible to stop and actually connect.
I think it’s crucial to give back, too..especially in today’s economic environment.
The idea of giving our routing info to people that follow me through social media and asking them participate by suggesting places that we might play along the way came up. We’re calling it “Play For Beer,” but it’s really about finding places that we can drop into on a whim, play and in turn do something helpful for a worthy cause.
We’ve received an overwhelming response from a place called Schmitt’s Saloon (http://hub.am/1aEbQC5) in Morgantown, West Virginia so we have decided to stop, plug-in and play there on Friday, Oct. 25.
Any and all proceeds will go to Operation Welcome Home (http://hub.am/1aEbStM). Even the bartenders are chipping in and donating a dollar from each drink to the cause. We may pass the hat.
Here we go. “Play For Beer” show number one.
LWR…. “come play with us”
At the young age of 39, I took on the greatest challenge of my life, an effort that pushed me both mentally and physically like I had never been challenged before. I completed a 3452 mile 100 day run across America, capped off with a 100 mile finish from Annapolis MD to Rehoboth Beach DE in under 24 hours, all to raise awareness and money in support of the men and women I consider my heroes, those that have worn and now wear the US Military’s uniform.
My book, “Freedom Run”, was released in April of 2013, detailing my journey to honor those who have bravely served, and describes the life-changing events of my run across America. MORE>
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