Charlie Daniels teamed up with Lipscomb University to host a very special free concert. CMT reported that Daniels brought the fifth annual "Scholarship for Heroes" concert to the Allen Arena on the Lipscomb University campus. Daniels launched the original Scholarship for Heroes concert in 2010.
Daniels created the event to celebrate military veterans and also raise money for the Veterans Yellow Ribbon education program and veterans' scholarships at Lipscomb University. Daniels happily said "This show just gets bigger every year as the Nashville community continues to show how much they love and support our military."
Daniels had a lineup set to keep the crowd going with performances from Kellie Pickler, Clint Black, the Grascals, the American Hitmen and the U.S. and Navy Band Sea Chanters all taking the stage. Lee Greenwood added to the night’s performances by singing "God Bless the USA" to the crowd
Luke Bryan got on stage as a surprise guest. Bryan told the crowd "The sacrifices these veterans and their families have made help keep our country free" adding "We should take care of them in whatever ways that we can, and that includes a good college education."
Bryan kept his excitement going after the show by saying "This was great being onstage with Charlie." Bryan said "I've always dreamed of that, and I got to do it tonight, so it was fun. It's crazy being onstage with a living legend, and it was for a great cause, so we're glad to be here."
Black said "It's an honor to be part of something special like the Charlie Daniels' Scholarship for Heroes event” adding "We have to do our utmost to make sure the part we play in their history is worthy of their sacrifice and commitment. This event is playing a fantastic role, making higher education a reality for returning veterans. I'm thrilled to be a part of this special evening."