Blackberry Smoke and the USO to Entertain Troops in the Midwest

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Southern rock band to embark on their first USO tour July 21st and spend a week with troopsat Minot, Malmstrom and Whiteman Air Force Bases

Playing USO shows for the troops is the least we can do to thank them for their service.

Twitter: @BlackberrySmoke is joining @the_USO on their first tour with good old Southern rock 4 our troops in the Midwest!

What: USO tour featuring southern rock band Blackberry Smoke

Monday, July 21, 2014
Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
4:00 p.m. - Concert Begins

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.
4:00 p.m. - Concert Begins

Friday, July 25, 2014
Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.
5:00 p.m. - Concert Begins

Why:    Blackberry Smoke will join the USO on their first tour to bring good tunes and entertainment to airmen stationed in the Midwest July 21 - 25, 2014. The southern rock band will spend a week creating moments that matter, participating in activities like dining with troops and performing three free USO shows at Minot Air Force Base (July 21), Malmstrom Air Force Base (July 22) and Whiteman Air Force Base (July 25).

Based out of Atlanta, Ga., Blackberry Smoke is a southern rock band that has performed headliner and supporting acts for Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynard. The band is comprised of lead vocalists and guitarist Charlie Starr as well as Richard Turner, Brit Turner, Paul Jackson and Brandon Still. In addition, Richard and Brit Turner share a personal connection to the Air Force because their father served as a Colonel.


Attributed to Charlie Starr:    
"These men and women make sure we have freedom. We hope that we can give them a little something to enjoy in return.”

Attributed to Richard Turner:    
"I spent the better part of my youth strolling the tarmac with my father. To me, he was just my dad, but to everyone else, he was 'Colonel Turner.' You could tell that meant something by all the frozen saluting going on! Airplanes all in a row, hoses wound into perfect coils, ropes and wheel chocks neatly arranged. As a child, I was terribly intimidated by all of this 'order' but came to realize it was necessary in preparation for tougher times that may lie ahead. 'Be prepared,' was a slogan I learned before Boy Scouts, and it fell from my father's lips often. I was never quite prepared to lose my father when that time came, despite all the 'be prepared' speeches, but when I look out at the tarmac from whatever airplane I meet be in, I think of him and smile through the tears. And I thank him for his service. And I thank our troops for theirs."

Attributed to Brit Turner:    
"Playing USO shows for the troops is the least we can do to thank them for their service."

Note: For more information about the USO, visit

About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, BNSF Railway, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, Grand Canyon University, JCPenney, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, BIC, The Boeing Company, ConAgra Foods, FedEx, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Procter & Gamble, TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG and Wawa Inc. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit

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