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Wrap Up of Joe Nichols 3rd Annual Boot Bash in Tyler

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As we woke up Sunday, weather didn’t look too good to get out and do anything. But mother nature pushed the storms through and by Sunday evening, it was a beautiful evening of music, food and raising money for the Boot Campaign.

The evening started with the crowd at attention, with their hands over their hearts, during a wonderful national anthem. Next up was the first special guest of the evening, Tomi Lahren, who, at 24 years old, has taken the political talk circuit to a whole new level.

She introduced a veterans panel of retired Navy Seal Morgan Luttrell, former Navy Seal Jeffery Nichols, Retired Navy Seal Alex Oliver and Staff Sergeant Cassie Cantin. These four heroes talked of the great work the Boot Campaign is doing to improve the lives of wounded veterans returning home.

The evening continued with acoustic sets from Clare Bowen, Scarlett O’Conner on Nashville, followed by up and coming singer/songwriter Chance Pena. Then the star of the show came to the stage, Joe Nichols.

He opened with my favorite tune of his, Brokenheartsville, then played a tune he promised to play for a veteran in attendance, The Shape I’m In.

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After a couple more acoustic tunes, Joe decided to have some fun with a countrified version of Baby Got Back that segued into Gimmie That Girl.

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Once Joe Nichols was finished with his acoustic set, the live auction began with the money going to the Boot Campaign. Some of the items included a VIP Package to see the Zac Brown Band in Dallas September 15, custom boots from Cavender’s and a Boot Campaign exclusive Sig Sauer MK25 among others.

Joe Nichols returned to the stage mid auction and offered his guitar he just played as a surprise item that went for $10,000.

What a great night of music and support for an organization that is doing so much for our wounded warriors returning home. Thank you East Texas and thank you Joe Nichols.

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