Bocephus headlined the 5th Annual NRA Country Jam, which was held in Nashville for the first time.
Hank Williams Jr. headlined the free concert on April 10, which attracted an estimated 70,000 fans. It was a fun ending to a day of shopping and exhibits by the NRA and Remington, a major sponsor of the event.
The show also included sets from Colt Ford and Sunny Sweeney. During Ford’s set, representatives from the NRA and Remington presented a check for $10,000 to the Lone Survivor Foundation, which serves wounded soldiers and their families. Former Navy Seal, Marcus Luttrell, founded the nonprofit organization in 2010. It is named after Luttrell’s 2007 best-selling novel about Operation Redwing, a mission to gather intelligence on Taliban leadership in Afghanistan.
Ford and Luttrell became friends, and Ford later wrote his song, “Workin’ On,” about post traumatic stress disorder. He initially wanted to shoot a PSA about PTSD, but it turned into a short film.
“When this song came about, I just had a vision,” said Ford. “Most people, I don’t think, would probably do it because it’s a little too intense and sometimes people are afraid to broach those subjects … but for me it needed to be done.”
Texas-based artist Sunny Sweeney opened the show. Her set was almost two hours before Williams Jr.’s set, but the event area was already packed with fans covering two city blocks.