This year for Veterans Day, some musical guest stars chose to take to the stage and show their love for our troops through song. Brantley Gilbert and Eli Young Band graced the iHeart Theater Los Angeles in celebration of the incredible courage that our hero’s show each and every day.
The iHeartCountry One Night For Our Military Presented By The Makers of Accu-Chek® Guide was all about showing support. Hosted by radio personality, Bobby Bones, country music lovers from all over came out to display their honor and enjoy the heartfelt show.
The show opened up with a melodic performance from Eli Young Band performing their song, Dust, a track off of their fifth studio album, 10,000 Towns. In the intimate setting, lead vocalist and guitarist, Mike Eli, opened up, sharing personal details about the bandmates who are going on their 20th year together. Although, admittedly still adjustments to West Coast time, the group seemed to still be able to rock the room. The crowd lit up singing right along when the group performed their popular song “Love Ain’t” wherein the music video, it follows the story of a triple amputee veteran and his wife. Before the performance, Eli divulges details about their search to find the most inspirational story out there to feature in the video. He notes the chosen couple as being "the epitome of love."
When asked if they believed it was possible for others to understand what veterans and their loved ones deal with, Eli answered honestly stating, "I don't think that you have to have a link [to the military] to understand the kinds of sacrifices that these families make."
Eli went on to share compassion for our vets and asked that all of us listening must remember that "sometimes the war doesn't end when you come home."
Their setlist included:
"Breaks Your Heart"
"Drunk Last Night"
Brantley Gilbert joined the stage next, taking us back by opening up with his first number 1 hit on the scene, Country Must be Countrywide.
In addition, the set list included:
"MY KINDA PARTY"
"You Don't Know Her Like I Do"
"Dirt Road Anthem"
"The Man That Hung The Moon"
"One Hell of An Amen"
"Stays In A Small Town"
The crowd was pleased to hear that Brantley came from a long line of veterans who have influenced his songwriting in the past, including a verse in his song, "Amen."
While speaking with Bobby Bones during a Q&A session, one of the more memorable experiences that Gilbert recalled included meeting Staff Sergeant Justin Patterson. The veteran solidified a special place with Brantley after giving him his Purple Heart because he was so moved by all the singer did with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Brantley's passion for veterans begins at home. He recalls an uncle who had a hard time adjusting to life after he came back from Vietnam, but Brantley didn't really understand what he was suffering with until a close friend of his went off to the war.
"After the second tour, he was just a little bit different, he was struggling... it enabled me to see that part of PTSD that I'd never seen that close to home. Even though I had a family member who'd dealt with it, I'd never knew somebody that I really was invested in...seeing how much it changed him and affected him.."
Fans can watch a video stream of the exclusive iHeartCountry One Night For Our Military Presented By The Makers of Accu-Chek® Guide below!