NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 22, 2012) – When the GOP takes over Tampa, Florida, next week, it will do so with the support of several high profile artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Oak Ridge Boys and Lee Greenwood, among others.
Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd kick off the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa on Sunday, August 26 as part of the fundraising event Citizens Helping Heroes presents Southern Tribute IV Honoring America’s Heroes. The concert is open to paid sponsors and their guests. The Hall of Fame members who recently released their new album, Last of a Dyin’ Breed, (August 21) will also perform inside the convention center on Monday, August 27, as Ann Romney is introduced to the attendees. This is not the first time the guys have lent their voices in support of the GOP, Lynyrd Skynyrd performed at the Republican National Convention in 2000 as well as at various campaign stops for President Bush and again at the RNC in 2004.
Grammy-winning group, The Oak Ridge Boys will take center stage and show their patriotism by performing the National Anthem on Monday, August 27. The country legends have been proclaimed the official leading singers of the anthem by the National Music Council in recognition of the iconic group’s contribution to the preservation of patriotic American music, their longstanding advancement of musical culture and their commitment to celebrating the global diversity of music traditions. The Oak Ridge Boys will also be attending various other special events during the RNC. They performed at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans in 1988 and at White House event on numerous occasions.
Known for his patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA,” Lee Greenwood will perform twice on August 27 at events outside the RNC - one private show for convention guests and one show open to the public both at the Hard Rock Café beginning at 9 pm. In May of this year, Greenwood released his book “Does God Still Bless the U.S.A.? A Plea for a Better America,” an inspirational work examining America’s challenges and her future. A Presidential Appointee serving on The National Endowment for the Arts Council, Greenwood was honored with the prestigious National Patriot’s Award, presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. In addition, Greenwood is the national spokesperson for Operation Never Forgotten (ONF), an all-volunteer national non-profit communications service that connects military and civilian worlds through non-partisan public service announcements (PSAs). He has also entertained the troops on more than 30 USO tours over the years.