By Mitchell Peters
Previously released tracks by Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley will be included on "My Country: Smash Hits," a country music compilation album due Aug. 24 on Stadium Entertainment.
Between 80 cents and $1 from every CD (priced at $9.98) sold will benefit the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that provides housing to the families of military personnel (retired and active) who are receiving treatment at a military medical center.
"So if you have an injury from war, you can stay there. Also, if a military man's wife has a very high-risk pregnancy and she needs to go to a big city to get treatment, she can stay there too," Stadium Entertainment president Camille Barbone tells Billboard.
Other acts on the album include Rodney Atkins, Jypsi, Randy Houser, Big & Rich and Montgomery Gentry. "My Country: Smash Hits," which features cover art by cartoonist Garry Trudeau and a message from President George W. Bush, will be the first in an annual series.
"We will release one CD for the Fisher House pretty much every August," Barbone says. "Anybody else who's hot at that time, we'll be happy to invite them on and hopefully we can get them there."
At various retail outlets, drop boxes will be set up for customers who want to buy the album for someone serving in the military. "If people want to buy for a service person, they can buy it and stick it in the box," Barbone says. "Then the retailer seals up the box and sends it to us, and we give it to the charity to give out to the soldiers."
"Holidays, birthdays & anniversaries have been celebrated with tears and smiles with people who truly understand what the other person is experiencing."
- Kamryn Jaroszewski