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Dennis Quaid Pleads For Common Sense With 'America, I Love You Too'

A live version of musician and actor Dennis Quaid's "America, I Love You Too," as heard on the July 9 broadcast of CMT's 2020 Concert For Love and Acceptance, has officially been released.

Released via Quaid's own Audio Up Records, "America, I Love You, Too" features a star-studded cast of backing musicians, including The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger.

Quaid's credited as the lone songwriter of this musical statement about rising above the divisiveness in our society. You know, the ugliness that's become way more obnoxious because of social media.

Per a press release, Quaid recently co-founded Audio Up, a podcast content studio, network and production company. Podcasts on the network include Quaid's own The Dennissance plus multiple shows he co-hosts, including The Pet Show with Jimmy Jellinek and Uncle Drank: The Totally Hammered Podcast, which debuts this month and features fellow musically-inclined actor Gary Busey.

Guests on The Dennissance so far include country music artists Billy Ray Cyrus and John Carter Cash. Early interviews were conducted in-person, but Quaid had to pivot to Zoom calls because of COVID-19 (the coronavirus pandemic).

"I've had a very lucky life and met quite a few very interesting people that I can draw upon from all this," Quaid told Forbes. "I approach it like an acting role when I'm interviewing somebody. I love to do research on the character that I'm playing, whether they're fictional or a real-life person. We don't put a time limit on the interviews, which gives us time to find out something you didn't know about that person."

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Quaid's credits as a Hollywood star include Jerry Lee Lewis biopic Great Balls of Fire plus The Big Easy, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, The Rookie, The Day After Tomorrow, The Parent Trap, Soul Surfer, The Right Stuff, Breaking Away, In Good Company, Far From Heaven and A Dog's Purpose.

More recently, Quaid  starred in and was executive producer of Netflix's holiday-themed series Merry Happy Whatever.

Quaid, a Houston native, is developing The Charley Pride Story, which he will produce along with Ben Howard's production company, Third Coast Content.

He'll also follow up his role as Bill Clinton in HBO's The Special Relationship by starring in the forthcoming Ronald Reagan biopic, Reagan.

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Dennis Quaid Pleads For Common Sense With 'America, I Love You Too'