Looks like we can add one more artist to the list of country stars performing for the inauguration!
Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve learned of country artists’ involvement in the festivities surround the inauguration. The Randy Rogers Band were the first country artists to announce their role in the inauguration as performers at the 2017 Black Tie and Boot Presidential Inaugural Ball on January 19.
Country duo Big & Rich were the next to confirm their involvement in the inauguration. They originally announced that they would be performing at the Record Industry Association of America’s charity event on inauguration night. Then, in a press release issued on January 3, the group revealed their further involvement in the inauguration. They announced that they will be headlining the Great America Alliance Inaugural Gala the day prior to the inauguration. It was also revealed that country artist and songwriter Cowboy Troy will join them as a performer at the gala.
With a week left until inauguration day, the final details are falling into place. The Veterans Inaugural Ball just finalized its lineup of musical performers, which includes a familiar face to country fans.
Rolling Stone confirmed on Thursday (January 12) that Gary LeVox, the lead singer of popular country group Rascal Flatts, will be performing at the Veterans Inaugural Ball. His appearance is in partnership with the non-profit organization Songs for Sound, which was founded by LeVox’s brother and sister-in-law, whose daughter is deaf.
According to the organization’s website, Songs for Sound “protects & restores hearing by offering a free mobile hearing clinic, free hearing screening & free hearing protection. We create awareness, provide access to care & encourage action through music & outreach events for those who need hearing help.”
Songs for Sound has done a great deal to help veterans over the years, which is why it was a fitting pick to partner with LeVox for the Veterans Inaugural Ball. Hosted by comedian and game show host Drew Carey, the ball will honor 38 Medal of Honor recipients throughout the night.
LeVox will perform an acoustic set during the ball. While he won’t be joined by his Rascal Flatts bandmates, he will have some good friends beside him on stage. Songwriters Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher have planned to join LeVox for his performance.
Mobley and Thraser are one powerful songwriting team. They’ve co-written many of Rascal Flatts’ big hits, including “Banjo,” “Fast Cars and Freedom,” and “I Melt.” We fully expect to hear them sing some of these songs at the inaugural ball!