"GAC is proud that Big & Rich have chosen our network to premiere this very emotional and special story on television," said Ed Hardy, president of GAC. "Our 4th of July weekend programming will give viewers an opportunity to see the many sides of Big & Rich. The hosted video blocks will showcase the usual jovial and light-hearted side of the artists, while the documentary shows the socially conscious and humanitarian passion of the duo."
The Big & Rich patriotic party will kick off July 1, with a two hour hosted-video block throughout the day, which includes taped video dedications from viewers all across the country who requested their favorite summertime videos at the GAC Cross-country Tour Bus.
"It's going to be a great weekend and entertaining for those watching at home," says Big Kenny. "For those watching from work it will be so much fun they'll feel like they are having a day off."
The evening will take a more serious note Saturday night when GAC premieres "8th of November."
"We've received a tremendous positive response from our playing the '8th of November' so it has gotten a lot of spins," says Sarah Trahern, senior vice president of programming for the network. "Airing the documentary gives fans an inside look into a story with which they are already somewhat familiar."
The documentary tells the story of what happened one night in 2002, when veteran career soldier Niles Harris shared with Big & Rich his account of what happened to his platoon during a jungle fight on Nov. 8, 1965 in Vietnam. Inspired by the story, the duo worked for two years on writing and recording their current single of the same name for their current multi-platinum LP Comin' To Your City. John Rich calls the song "the most important thing we've ever done." In 2005, the cameras rolled as Big & Rich accompanied Harris back to Vietnam for the first time since his last tour to the exact site of the original battlefield, and witnessed the emotional closure act of Harris burying his boots in a crater made by a B-52 bomb.
"Niles Harris is a reluctant hero, an extraordinary man who has performed extraordinary feats," the duo agrees. "'8th of November' is only one soldier's story. There are thousands more out there just like his and we wish to honor all of our military personnel who have represented our country with courage and bravery throughout history and throughout the world."
Big & Rich will host video blocks and other specially-themed programs, such as Neal McCoy Live on July 2 (9 p.m. ET) and the live Music City Spectacular from the Nashville Riverfront on July 4 (8:30 p.m. ET) through the remainder of the weekend. "8th of November" will re-air July 3 at 8 p.m. ET.
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