From the Examiner Atlanta:

Atlantaís own Zac Brown Band is saluting our troops, which is something theyíve been doing for a long time.  As they were accumulating a display case full of awards this year, including the Grammy for Best New Artist and the CMA for New Artist of the Year, they also started the Letters for Lyrics campaign.  The band partnered with Ram Trucks to bring this program to soldiers.  Hereís how it works.  Go to either the Zac Brown Bandís website or Ram Trucksí website, write a letter to a soldier in the space provided and submit it.  In return, a soldier will be sent a free CD.  The CD, Breaking Southern Ground is an exclusive compilation featuring Zac Brown Band, Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan, and Levi Lowrey, and is not sold in stores.

Even with a busy Christmas week, and the bandís upcoming New Yearís Eve concert at Philips Arena, there is no doubt about the strength of the bandís commitment to our troops.  Coy Bowles, who plays both guitar and organ in the band, made time out of his schedule today to talk with me about the Zac Brown Bandís efforts to express appreciation to our soldiers.

When asked about what inspired the Letters for Lyrics program, Bowles said, ďGetting recognition for people overseas, because we were very adamant about taking time to thank our men and women of service.Ē  Referring to Zac Brown Bandís hit song Chicken Fried, Bowles said, ďWe had so much reaction from the military about that song.  We had just gotten a huge amount of support out of nowhere.Ē  Itís easy to see why the song would evoke a strong emotional response from those serving in the military as the lyrics remind us of their sacrifice.

If you would like to join the Zac Brown Band in honoring our troops, you can participate online at the link below.  For the lucky ticket holders who will be attending Zac Brown Bandís New Yearís Eve concert at Philips Arena, there will be a designated tent where you can drop off a letter, and receive a copy of the CD for yourself.   

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