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We haven’t even reached Easter yet, but Lucas Hoge already has plans for Memorial Day. His plans don’t involve family picnics or barbecues. But they do show that the “Give A Damn” singer truly does give a damn — especially when it comes to the military.
For the second year in a row Hoge will be performing for the troops in Afghanistan. He’s returning to the Middle East as part of the Wrangler Western – Wrangler National Patriot Tour. The two-week tour will have him singing for our soldiers during the Memorial Day weekend. For Hoge, that’s a “vacation” with value.
“I am really excited to hear that the Armed Forces Entertainment Wrangler National Patriot Tour is confirmed for May 2012,” says Hoge. “This is the best group of people to travel with and this is by far the best group of people to go visit! Robi Powers, of American300, Jeff Chadwick of Wrangler, Kaycee Feild, World Champion Bare Back Rider, Annie Bianco, Maegan Redley and myself will all return to visit several bases throughout Afghanistan and over Memorial Day. This tour means a lot to me. I look forward to it all year long. I love supporting our Military and will continue to do anything I can to let them know how much they mean to us!”
Before he returns to the Middle East, Hoge is taking part in a stateside salute for soldiers. He has an April 15th concert with Rodney Adkins at the Wynn Casino Encore Theater in Las Vegas during NAB. The show will support ThanksUSA, an organization that focuses on scholarships for military families.
In you don’t watch GAC, you’ve really been missing out. One of the surprising hits of the channel is Tom’s Wild Life, a show that follows Tom McMillan and his family as they take celebrity friends out to hunt and other adventures across the United States. Some of the stars that have appeared on the program include Tom’s good friend Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, and even Colt Ford among many others. See the full list of guest stars on the official site here.
Tom took to his show’s Twitter page to ask for help getting to 5,000 fans on Facebook:
Make sure you stop by Tom’s Facebook page and give it a “like!”. Don’t forget to check out our exclusive interview with Tom here and tune in Thursday when Tom heads out on another adventure with a few friends!
I was told to be prepared for all kinds of crazy in my phone interview with Tom McMillan this afternoon. The star of Tom’s Wild Life has no regrets for the funny things he says, but he’s also one of the nicest guys I’ve spoken to. Tom’s Wild Life’s second season debuts tomorrow night on GAC, a six pack of a season – only six episodes. We find out who will be joining Tom, what’s the stupidest thing Blake Shelton has ever said to him, if Miranda Lambert is a better hunter, and how old he was when he broke state law to first go hunting. Find out all that and more in our exclusive interview below.
Tom’s Wild Life follows the crazy life of Tom McMillan and his family as they hang out with some celebrity friends, not only hunting, but traveling around the United States as well. He’s an All-American guy who loves his guns, his hunting, and his country music – so get ready to know the man behind the laughs.
Watch the preview of the new season before you read our interview and tune in tomorrow night at 9:30 pm EST. Tomorrow’s episode features Easton Corbin, Kevin Canady and Chris Tate – who look to get even with Tom on the green after he makes things difficult for them.
There’s just something about Lucas Hoge that makes him instantly likable. Maybe it’s his small-town roots (He’s from tiny Hubbell, Nebraska with a population of around 50). Or maybe it’s his farm-bred work ethic. Or maybe it’s how you can sense those things in both the man and his music.
He’s currently promoting his single, “Give A Damn,” and is putting the finishing touches on his self-titled album, which is due out near the end of March. You may already have heard some of his music — not necessarily on the radio but on TV. His “If I Only Could,” was featured on an episode of Smallville on the WB. Plus, he has written and performed the theme songs for two shows: The already mentioned “Give A Damn,” which is the theme song for Tom’s Wild Life on GAC and the title theme song for Last Chance Highway on Animal Planet. If that’s not enough, he also wrote and performed a jingle for Lipton Tea.
The interview is the first time that I had spoken with Lucas. Yes, he’s out to promote his music, but clearly there’s so much more to him than that. It may have only been one conversation, but from it I could tell that he is truly compassionate and caring about people, pets, and, naturally, making music. You’ll probably get the same sense about him after reading it.