Brad Paisley to perform free concert
July 26, 2012
FORT SILL, Okla.-- Country music singer Brad Paisley will appear on Fort Sill's Polo Field Aug. 15 for a free performance of his Virtual Reality Concert Tour to honor military service men and women and their families.
"Brad Paisley offered to do a free concert to show the service men and women appreciation for all they do to protect and defend our freedom, and we are very excited to be able to offer the Fort Sill community a concert of this caliber," said Brenda Spencer-Ragland, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation director. "The concert is free and is open to all ID card holders, including family, friends and community partners. No tickets will be issued. It will be a safe, fun and family-oriented concert for the military community."
The concert presented by the Air Force Reserve and FMWR will be the largest production ever done at Fort Sill, said Spencer-Ragland.
She added that the Air Force Reserve has come on as a great sponsor to provide the entertainment.
"For us to get Brad Paisley is huge, and we will partner with Altus, Sheppard and Tinker [Air Force bases] to ensure all service members have a chance to see the show," she said.
The last time Paisley performed at Fort Sill was in 2003, when he was just starting out.
"We all talked then about what an amazing show he put on and we thought he was going somewhere in country music. It's really nice to see someone who came here when he was just starting out, who remembers us and wants to come back to play for the troops," said Spencer-Ragland."
The West Virginia performer's passion for music began at age 8, when his grandfather gave him his first guitar. By age 12, he sang in church and at civic meetings, and played in his first band, for which he wrote his own material. Paisley eventually secured a regular spot on Jamboree USA, a popular country music radio show. He was so popular with listeners that he was invited to join the program as a full-time musician, opening for acts such as the Judds and Roy Clark.
Paisley made his debut as a solo artist after signing to Arista Records. He released his first album, "Who Needs Pictures," in 1999. The album sold more than 1 million copies and catapulted Paisley to fame.
Since the release of his first album, Paisley has won 14 CMA awards including Entertainer of the Year and three Male Vocalist of the Year awards.
Some of his best known songs include "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Dolly Parton, the duet, "Oh Love," with Carrie Underwood, "Online," "Letter to Me," and "I'm Still a Guy," "Then," and "Anything Like Me." His current album "This is Country Music" was released in 2011.
For more information, go to www.sillmwr.com.