Toby Keith Keeps it Country in Germany

Toby Keith is criss-crossing the globe on his eighth USO tour and what a ride it’s been so far!  The country music superstar recently tweeted “TK: Germany was awesome. Visited wounded soldiers. Some just arrived-never gets easier 2 see. Spirit of these humans remain ever vigilant.”  We couldn’t agree more!  Check out some photos from his stops in Germany…

Toby Keith poses with staff at Landstuhl Medical Facility in Germany, May 1, 2010. Travelng on his eighth USO tour Keith will visit four countries in 14 days, visiting and entertaining thousands of service members in Korea, Germany and the Persian Gulf. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

Toby Keith shares a meal with wounded warriors at the USO's Wounded Warrior Center in Landsthul, Germany, May 2, 2010. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

Nearly 5,000 soldiers and their families piled into an aircraft hanger at the Ramstein Air Field in Germany for an exclusive Toby Keith USO concert on May 1, 2010. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

Troops and their families lined Ramstein Airfield's aircraft parking apron for an exclusive USO concert featuring award-winning entertainer Toby Keith on May 1, 2010. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

As the American flag proudly waved behind the stage, Toby Keith and the band perform in a hangar at Ramstein Airfield in Germany on May 3, 2010. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

Toby Keith Delivers Boot-Stomping Rhythms to Troops

Megastar Toby Keith passes out guitar picks to service members and their families during an exclusive USO concert in Korea, April 29, 2010. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

“I’ve been traveling with the USO since 2002, and every year I look forward to spending time with the men and women who serve this great country.  When I get on stage and look out into a crowd of uniforms, it gives me a great sense of pride to know that I am giving back to them.”

That’s what award-winning singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith had to say about his current four-country USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour.  He’s traveling to Korea, Germany and the Persian Gulf on his eighth USO tour. Since his first USO tour in 2002, Keith has traveled to more than 10 countries and entertained over 140,000 service men and women, many at small remote outposts.

Check out the latest pics from this tour and keep it tuned here for more Toby Keith news!

Megastar Toby Keith performs for military families in Korea as part of his eighth USO tour, April 29, 2010. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

Joined by singer/songwriter Scotty Emerick, Toby Keith delivers an intimate acoustic performance for troops in Korea, April 29, 2010. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

Military families line-up for an opportunity to meet award-winning singer/songwriter Toby Keith at the Camp Walker Kelly Gym in Korea, April 28, 2010. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

Singer/songwriter Toby Keith, with Scotty Emerick, put on an acoustic show at Camp Walker Kelly Gym in Korea, April 28, 2010. The duo entertained 600 military families. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

Zac Brown Band Bonus Pics!

As you know, the Zac Brown Band recently returned from their first USO Tour in the Persian Gulf.  And it was a smashing success!  Not only did they choose to spend time with the Troops instead of attending the Academy of Country Music Awards (although those were fantastic, too), they’ve partnered with Ram Trucks on “Letters for Lyrics” and will soon premiere a video (or two) of their tour.  We’ll have the latest for you when it’s available.

In the meantime, we wanted to share a bonus batch of pictures from their time overseas.  Enjoy!

The Zac Brown Band performs a USO concert before more than 2,500 U.S. troops at Holt Memorial Stadium at Balad Air Base in Iraq, on April 18, 2010. This is the band's second USO tour. (USO Photo by Erick Anderson)

Country music singer Zac Brown and his band graciously receive a challenge coin from Brigadier General Franklin of the United States Air Force just moments before performing a USO concert at the Holt Memorial Stadium at Balad Air Base in Iraq, April 18, 2010. This is the band's second USO tour, having performed for troops at Fort Hood in late 2009. (USO Photo by Erick Anderson)

Country music singer Zac Brown receives a warm welcome from a K-9 unit dog during a USO meet and greet in Kirkuk, Iraq, on April 17, 2010. During the week-long USO tour, Brown and his band visited multiple combat outposts including Camp Buehring, Camp Striker and FOB Tal Abtah. (USO Photo by Erick Anderson)

Country music singer Zac Brown gets up close and personal with troops during a USO show in Mosul, Iraq, on April 16, 2010. This is Brown's third USO tour. (USO Photo by Erick Anderson)

Band frontman Zac Brown signs a guitar for Specialist Vanele Dacosta of New Milford, CT, in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 15, 2010. During the USO meet and greet at Camp Striker, Brown and his band mingled with troops and extended their heartfelt thanks. (USO Photo by Erick Anderson)

The Zac Brown Band performs an acoustic USO show just outside the barracks at Forward Operating Base Tal Abtah, located just outside of Mosul, Iraq, on April 16, 2010. Standing around the band listening to them perform are soldiers belonging to the 1-64 AR, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. (USO Photo by Erick Anderson)

USO and ACM Lifting Lives Bring Concert to Troops at Nellis

The 2010 ACM Chairman's Ride rolls into Nellis Air Force and prepares to kick off the USO/ACM Lifting Lives concert in Las Vegas, NV, April 17, 2010. The concert was emceed by GAC host Stormie Warren and was attended by more than 3,000 troops and their families. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

It was a HUGE night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, as multiple USO tour veterans took home the top prizes!

But before the actual show, we put on a USO/ACM Lifting Lives concert for Troops and their families at Nellis Air Force Base.  Check out the pictures below.  And here’s a rundown of ACM winners, with the artists in bold indicating USO celebrity entertainers:

Song of the Year: Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”
Single Record of the Year: Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”
Video of the Year: Miranda Lambert – “White Liar”
Vocal Event of the Year: Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins – “Hillbilly Bon”
Top New Artist: Luke Bryan
Album of the Year: Miranda Lambert – “Revolution”
Humanitarian Award: Montgomery Gentry
Triple-Crown Award: Carrie Underwood
Top Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Top Male Vocalist of the Year: Brad Paisley
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brooks & Dunn
Top Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Entertainer of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Top New Vocalist: Luke Bryan
Top New Vocal Duo: Joey and Rory
Top New Vocal Group: Gloriana

Country music artist Randy Houser (C) performs with his band during the USO/ACM Lifting Lives concert at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV, April 17, 2010. This is Houser's second USO tour. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Eddie Montgomery (C) leaps in the air while singing with his bandmate Troy Gentry (L) and another band member as they perform during the USO/ACM Lifting Lives concert at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV, April 17, 2010. In 2006, Montgomery Gentry traveled on a USO tour to Germany, Iraq and Kuwait, and entertained more than 15,000 soldiers. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Country music artists Randy Houser (L) and LeAnn Rimes perform together during the USO/ACM Lifting Lives concert at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV, April 17, 2010. This is Houser's second USO tour and Rimes first. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Country music artist Dierks Bentley performs during the USO/ACM Lifting Lives concert at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV, April 17, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Country music artist James Otto performs during the USO/ACM Lifting Lives concert at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV, April 17, 2010. Otto is a USO tour veteran. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Zac Brown Band Tours Persian Gulf

The Zac Brown Band performs an acoustic USO show for soldiers stationed at Camp Buehring in Kuwait on April 14, 2010. (USO photo by Erick Anderson)

“Playing our music on the front lines and in front of thousands of America’s troops is an opportunity of a lifetime.  We’ve toured all around the world, but nothing compares to what we’ve seen on our USO tour.  Being able to hear first-hand what it’s like to live in a combat zone and get a true sense of what it means to protect and serve, it is truly amazing.”  That’s what the Zac Brown Band had to say about their first USO in the Persian Gulf.

As reported by USA Today, the Grammy Award-winning band even skipped the Academy of Country Music awards to spend time with the Troops!

Their nine-day USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour is designed to deliver a much-needed break to Troops serving on the front lines.  So far, they’ve visited soldiers and performed USO shows at Camp Buehring and Camp Striker, touching the lives of more than 4,000 service men and women.

Although this is the band’s first USO tour to the Persian Gulf, they performed at the USO Fort Hood Community Strong event in December 2009; in 2008, Brown traveled along as part of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff USO Holiday tour  in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, United Kingdom and Germany.

He had this to say about his first visit there with the band: “Journeying back to the Persian Gulf with the USO and performing for our men and women in uniform means more to me than I can put into words.  Music is a powerful tool, it can transport you to another time and place, and connect you with loved ones. And that’s what this tour is all about- lifting spirits and delivering a touch of home.”  Thanks for the support, Zac Brown Band, and good luck tonight!

(L to R) Jimmy De Martini, Clay Cook, Zac Brown and John Hopkins of the Grammy Award winning Zac Brown Band gather together on stage and perform a song for troops stationed at Camp Buehring in Kuwait on April 14, 2010. This is the band's second USO tour and the third for Brown. (USO photo by Fred Greaves)

Zac Brown shakes hands and accepts patches from soldiers to glue on his guitar after the band's first USO show at Camp Buehring in Kuwait on April 14, 2010. (USO photo by Erick Anderson)

Guitarist Coy Bowles of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band performs solo for soldiers stationed at Camp Buehring in Kuwait on April 14, 2010. During their nine-day USO tour, the band will visit multiple posts, sign autographs and perform countless hits, such as “Chicken Fried,” “Toes” and “Whatever It is.” (USO photo by Erick Anderson)

The Zac Brown Band extends their heart felt thanks to troops and graciously responds to a highly energetic and appreciative crowd of soldiers stationed at Camp Buehring in Kuwait on April 14, 2010. Named “Best New Artist” at the 2010 Grammy Awards, the Zac Brown Band was recently nominated for four Academy of Country Music Awards including “Entertainer of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” “Single Record of the Year” and “Top New Vocal Group.” (USO photo by Erick Anderson)

Kevin Costner & Modern West Perform Exclusive USO Concert for Troops and Military Families in Germany

Academy Award-winning actor/producer Kevin Costner and his six-member band, Modern West, recently took time away from their jam-packed European tour to perform a free USO/Armed Forces Entertainment concert for troops and their families at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, March 20.  Hundreds of Soldiers Attend the Grafenwoehr Show and Rock Out with Actor.

This was the first USO tour for the acclaimed actor and his band, which formed in 2005.  Prior to the concert, Costner signed autographs for troops and their families at the USO center in Grafenwoehr, accompanied by an opening performance by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sara Beck.

Costner had this to say about the experience: “It was an honor for us to participate in this USO concert.  We’ve toured around the world but there is something very special about being onstage in front of our U.S. armed forces and their families.”  We’re glad Modern West visited the USO, too! Check out the photo essay below…

Kevin Costner & Modern West perform an impromptu set at the USO Grafenwoehr center in Germany, March 20, 2010. Costner and his band recently took time away from their jam-packed tour schedule to perform an exclusive USO concert for military families. (USO Photo by Jaime Goloyugo)

Kevin Costner is greeted by troops as he arrives at USAG Grafenwoehr on March 20, 2010. "Kevin Costner & Modern West" recently took time away from their overseas schedule to perform an exclusive, free USO concert for military families. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)

Kevin Costner & Modern Modern West treat troops and their families to an exclusive USO concert at Grafenwoehr, Germany, March 20, 2010. The award-winning actor and his band took time away from their overseas touring schedule to visit with and perform for troops. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)

Kevin Costner poses with service members at Grafenwoehr, Germany, March 20, 2010. Costner and his band Modern West, recently took time away from their overseas tour schedule to perform and exclusive USO concert for troops and their families. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)

Kevin Costner signs autographs for troops and their families at USO Grafenwoehr center in Germany, March 20, 2010. Costner and his band, Kevin Costner & Modern West, put on an exclusive, free USO concert for military families in Germany. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)