Kix is in the midst of a Middle East tour, Buddy just headed out with with a package of country singers that will visit four countries, and Trace is set to appear on a TV special with a military theme before his own USO journey.
Not that it’s anything unusual for country acts. Among the artists who’ve lent themselves to the USO in the past are Toby Keith, Neal McCoy, Chely Wright, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler and the Zac Brown Band.
Here’s what some of country’s stars are doing with the USO:
• Kix is currently in the Middle East with cyclist Lance Armstrong; comedians Lewis Black, Robin Williams and Kathleen Madigan; and Nashville songwriter Bob DiPiero, who’s authored George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky,” Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Country Strong” and Brooks & Dunn’s “You Can’t Take The Honky Tonk Out Of The Girl.” “We just did our first show, and it went great!” Kix says. “This group of folks I’m traveling with are amazing!”
• Buddy is in the Middle East, too, travelling with USO regular Keni Thomas, a country artist — and a veteran — who’s made the trip to perform for the troops several times before. Also with them are Emily West, Alana Grace, comedian Chonda Pierce and the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
• NBC will air “WWE Tribute To The Troops” on Saturday with Trace singing “Whoop A Man’s Ass,” from his album Cowboy’s Back In Town, for soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas. The performance has already been taped. And the USO website indicates Trace is also slated to do another tour for the organization, though the dates haven’t yet been revealed.
• Mark Wills stopped by the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to sing for injured soldiers, according to The Tennessean. The visit was part of a program sponsored by Musicians On Call, an agency that provides music for recovering patients.
• Bo Bice appears at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba on New Year’s Eve in the midst of a four-day tour on behalf of Armed Forces Entertainment.