LUBBOCK, Texas – Nashville comes to Lubbock in August to honor the Gold Star Families when three of Nashville’s most successful songwriters appear in a storytelling format honoring the Gold Star Families. The concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. on August 11 at the historic Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Aaron Barker, Lee Thomas Miller and Billy Dawson will entertain families, guests and other members of the public with their avant-garde and classic hit songs.
Danny Koch is one of the organizers of the event.
“We will be honoring the Gold Star Families at the first-ever ‘Every Star Remembered – A Concert for Gold Star Families and Their Heroes,’ said Koch. “Their lost soldiers came from all walks of life, but the pain of their loss is universal. They have Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with an empty chair, wondering what life would have been like if their soldier had lived. The VFW, American Legion and Friends of the Monument of Courage greet all Gold Star families as we express our deep gratitude for their sacrifice. “
Barker wrote No. 1 hits for George Strait, Lonestar and Willie Nelson, as well as hit songs for Clay Walker, Trace Adkins and The Oak Ridge Boys. Others who have recorded his songs include Tyler Farr, Aaron Tippin, Tracy Lawrence, Neal McCoy, Granger Smith, Chris LeDoux, Dean Dillon and Trent Tomlinson. Barker was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 2016. Barker’s greatest “hits” as a singer remain the widely heard radio and television jingles he wrote and recorded for Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Miller, winner of the CMA and ACM Song of the Year award for “In Color,” has several top 20 singles and has written hits for Chris Stapleton, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Terri Clark and many more. others. His accomplishments include three Grammy nominations, a Teen Choice Award and four titles nominated for “Song of the Year” at major industry events. Miller served as president of the Nashville Songwriters Association International for five years and still serves on its legislative committee, representing and lobbying for the rights of the American songwriter.
Dawson shared the stage with Toby Keith, Lee Brice, Big & Rich, Lady A and many more and also wrote and dedicated special songs for this concert. The Nashville Industry Music Awards honored him with Artist of the Year, Best Country Vocalist and Best Country Performer. It also won the national “Get Discovered” competition (iHeart Radio / Clear Channel) in 2010 and has been featured live on the iconic Jerry Lewis MDA telethon in Las Vegas and on the air to over four million viewers.
“Audiences are going to love the way these three guys swap songs and tell stories about their inspiration for writing each of the songs,” said concert producer Don Caldwell. “It will be a unique concert experience and an opportunity to pay tribute to the families who have lost a loved one while defending our freedom. “
Special guests will include 100 Gold Star Heroes family members from across the country. Places for the public are limited. Tickets cost $ 50 each for 117 balcony seats and six ADA floor seats. Eight balcony lodges are available at $ 100 each.
Ticket sales go to the Lubbock Courage Monument and its Gold Star recognition efforts.