AMERICAN FREEDOM FOUNDATION BRINGS ROWDY FRIENDS 2010 TOUR TO WASHINGTON DC OCTOBER 9

For Immediate Release

HANK WILLIAMS JR. JOINS JAMEY JOHNSON, COLT FORD AND JOSH THOMPSON FOR ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA’S ARMED FORCES ON OCTOBER 9 AT THE PATRIOT CENTER

Fairfax, VA – The American Freedom Foundation announces its 7th annual American Freedom Festival Washington DC to be held on October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Patriot Center at George Mason University featuring country music icon Hank Williams, Jr. with special guests Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford and Josh Thompson.  This annual tribute to the men and women of America’s armed forces will benefit Easter Seals, Big Brother Big Sisters –Operation Bigs Program, USO – Metropolitan Washington, Armed Services YMCA, Blue Star Families, United Through Reading and other organizations that serve and support our veterans, active duty military, wounded warriors and their families.  
Tickets go on sale August 6 at 10am at the Patriot Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations including ticketmaster.com or by calling 703-573-SEAT.
For more information, please visit www.americanfreedomfoundation.org.
About Hank Williams Jr.
With more than 70 albums to his credit, Williams has a fascinating career to reflect upon for a legend still in his prime.  His discography chronicles a bold profile of growth from adored offspring of a legendary father, to titan of the modern country rock movement in his own right.  For two decades, America has come to its collective feet each fall Monday night when this larger than life superman of a musician looks into the camera and unleashes the national anthem for viewers of Monday Night Football - ‘Are you ready for some football?'  Those simple words have won Williams an entirely new generation of fans and given him the distinction of being the first country performer to ever win an Emmy.  Williams has also been named Entertainer of the Year five-times, but most recently was the recipient of the 2009 Academy of Country Music “Pioneer Award”.

About Jamey Johnson
Jamey Johnson is known within the music industry for his penmanship, and his forthcoming 2-CD-set only adds more proof of his talents.  The CD package entitled The Guitar Song includes 25 tracks with over two hours of music and will be released on September 14th.  Jamey’s songs have been recorded by Trace Adkins, George Jones, and Joe Nichols, and he is the co-writer of the 2007 ACM and CMA Song of the Year “Give It Away,” recorded by George Strait.  Johnson’s self-penned single, “In Color,” was named the 2009 ACM and CMA Song of the Year.  His Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed album, That Lonesome Song, is certified Gold.

About Colt Ford
Colt Ford first entered the country music scene when he wrote "Buck 'Em" for the Professional Bull Riders Association, and "Huntin' The World," the award-winning theme song of the popular Outdoor Channel show of the same name, in 2007.  In November of 2008, Ford debuted his studio album, Ride Through The Country (Average Joes Entertainment), that has since sold over 200,000 copies.  In 2010, Ford’s lifetime appreciation for country music's rich musical heritage was capped when he made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage.  Just a few months later, Ford released his sophomore studio album, Chicken and Biscuits¸ to rave reviews with the Village Voice dubbing Ford a “road-dawg sensation” and The New York Times noting Ford “brings hip-hop’s keen eye for class struggle to country.”  For more information, please visit www.coltford.com.
About Josh Thompson
Columbia Nashville recording artist Josh Thompson burst into the country music scene this year with his debut hit, “Beer On The Table,” a down-to-earth anthem about working hard to party hard.  A native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Josh began pouring concrete with his father at the age of 12, giving him first hand insight about the trials of hard-working people everywhere.  His debut album, Way Out Here, features 10 songs written or co-written by Josh, and has drawn praise from countless critics, including NPR “Fresh Air's” Ken Tucker and Billboard's Wade Jessen as well as People Magazine, Country Weekly, AOL’s “The Boot”, CMT.com and others.  Josh’s current single, and the album’s title track “Way Out Here” is in the Top 25 and climbing.

About The American Freedom Foundation, Inc.
The American Freedom Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation organized to honor the men and women of America's armed forces and raise money and awareness for various organizations that serve and support our veterans, active duty military, wounded warriors and their families . Special emphasis is directed to welfare and educational issues facing those wounded in action, those disabled and families and children of veterans killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Throughout their short history, the American Freedom Foundation has made grants in excess of $600,000 to over 30 military organizations.  The American Freedom Festivals are a series of concert events that take place across the country featuring country music performers, actors, athletes, dignitaries and other supporters, joining together to help support and fulfill the mission of the American Freedom Foundation, Inc.

Ticket Information: Tickets for the American Freedom Festival on October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Patriot Center are $27.00, $61.50, $81.50 and $131.50 (plus applicable service charges) and go on sale August 6 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available through all Ticketmaster outlets including the Patriot Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT or 410-547-SEAT. Accessible seating is available for patrons with disabilities by calling 703-993-3035. For more information please visit www.patriotcenter.com.

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Media Contacts:
Ted Hacker
American Freedom Foundation, Inc.
(615) 330-9394
iammgt@mindspring.com

Sheila Francis
Patriot Center
sfrancis@washsports.com
(202) 628-3200 x6042

Kirt Webster (for Hank Williams Jr.)
Webster & Associates PR
(615) 777-6995 x230
kirt@websterpr.com

Heath Scott (for Jamey Johnson)
Webster & Associates PR
(615) 777-6995 x225
heath@websterpr.com

Ebie McFarland (for Colt Ford)
Essential Broadcast Media
(615) 327-3259

ebie@ebmediapr.com

Wes Vause (for Josh Thompson)
Sony Music Nashville
(615) 310-4347
wes.vause@sonymusic.com
 

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