By Radio.com Staff
Tomorrow night (November 9), Chase Rice will be among a group of country music stars taking the stage at the Chicago Theatre to play CBS Radio’s Stars and Strings concert. The show is a salute to those who currently serve, or have previously served in our armed forces; a portion of the concert’s proceeds will benefit Folds of Honor, which provides educational support to spouses and children of America’s fallen and wounded soldiers. There are more than one million dependents adversely affected by military deployments and nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarships.
The show’s lineup also includes Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice, Dan + Shay, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts and Tyler Farr.
Rice spoke to Radio.com about supporting the troops and what freedom means to him: “To me, freedom means that every day we get to wake up and know that we are not under attack. That we do not have to defend ourselves here on our soil. It also means that you get to wake up and do whatever you want. It’s literally up to you. That’s the greatest part about freedom: the only things that can stop us is ourselves.”
Supporting the military is something that he’s passionate about: “I’m a huge, huge advocate of our military; I’m a huge advocate for people who are willing to lay their lives down for me and for my family and friends.”
He continues: “I had two family members serve in World War II, both of my grandparents. My dad’s dad was in the Navy, my mom’s dad was in the Air Force and man, I loved them both to death. Ever since I was a little kid, the Air Force and Navy are ingrained into my blood and I’ll forever be grateful.”
He also has friends who are currently serving: “I’m dedicating my Stars and Strings performance to my buddies at Seal Team Six — I will leave their names out of it, but you guys know who you are. I love you guys. Thank you for doing what you do, it’s good to have you home.”