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Saturday, January 21, 2006
Why Aren't Country Artists Visiting The Troops In Iraq?
"Country Insider" writer Phil Sweetland says that he ran into DALE EARNHARDT, JR., RICHARD and KYLE PETTY, ERNIE IRVAN, and artists TRISHA YEARWOOD, VINCE GILL, MICHAEL McDONALD, CHELY WRIGHT, and MONTGOMERY GENTRY at Nashville's first ever "Sound and Speed" event last week. He makes the statement that Chely Wright was the first artist of any genre to go into Baghdad and play live and then quotes her as saying “When we first went, it was kind of the sexy thing to do, it was on ABC-TV. It was a big deal. Then it waned, and people aren’t really going over there anymore. We’re being desensitized.”
But she told Sweetland that it is vital to keep helping and supporting those brave Americans. “A lot of artists are called to play for the troops, and it feels great to do it,” Chely said. “There’s nothing like those guys and gals.” If it's true that "people aren’t really going over there anymore. We’re being desensitized...” I'd submit that it's time to RE-sensitize them! If you're looking for a mission, I'd commend that one to you right now. To receive 52 issues of the Country Insider E-newsletter, send $26 payable to: PHIL SWEETLAND, PO Box 291346, Nashville TN 37229-1346.