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Benefit concert features (of course) country music

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Music,Alicia M. Cohn

Does it seem like most veteran benefit concerts feature country music? Singer Nathan Osmond thinks "music is one of the most powerful tools out there to touch people's hearts," but yes, there's a reason he sings country.

"It's one of the only genres I know of that you can still sing about God, family, country, and our soldiers and our troops," Osmond (nephew of Donny) told Yeas & Nays. "I don't want to be pigeonholed as just a patriotic singer, but it's definitely one of my favorite topics, and I'm proud to sing about it."

Osmond is executive producing Homeward Bound Heroes Concert -- the first in a series, he hopes -- on May 22 at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland.

He "called up a lot of my friends to come be in this show," including Lonestar, Crossin Dixon, Sarah Darling and Angel Taylor. Larry King will emcee, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley say a few words.

"It's a really rewarding thing to be able to lay your head down on your pillow at night knowing you're doing something to give back to the troops," Osmond said.

Tickets, and sales of Osmond's new, same-title CD, benefit the Wounded In Action Family Foundation, a nonprofit originally founded by McLean Bible Church that supports veterans and families transitioning from military hospitals to self-sufficient civilian life.

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