ROCK & ROLL CAN SAVE THE WORLD, ACCORDING TO ARMY COLONEL
The Redding Brothers, a rock & roll band originally from West Virginia, are currently touring the Middle East, performing at military bases across multiple continents. And according to one Colonel, they just might be on their way to saving the world.
In the country of Qatar, front-line troops who have been deployed for over six months get to take a brief 4-day leave, before heading back to the danger zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. So when The Redding Brothers walked on-stage at Qatar, their audience consisted entirely of soldiers normally exposed to heavy fire.
Colonel Cotter, of the military base at Qatar, presented The Redding Brothers with a certificate of appreciation, thanking them for their contribution.
"If what [you say] is true, that Rock & Roll Can Save The World, then this is a good place to start," the Colonel stated.
The Redding Brothers Middle East tour has taken them through war-zones in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Bahrain, and Africa so far. They've traveled in military planes performing evasive manuevers, seen people living in mud houses in Afghanistan, and brought a little bit of America to people far from home.
"For us, this is really about getting to meet and talk to people. We've had late-night conversations with people who've seen things you just don't imagine seeing," stated Micah Redding, lead singer of the band. "They talk about how hard it is to convey their experiences to people back home. I feel like now, we've at least had a taste of it."
And according to at least one Colonel, that may be how rock & roll starts to save the world.
The Redding Brothers are a rock & roll band originally from West Virginia area, and currently based out of Nashville. They gained notoriety in 2007 for writing and releasing one new song every week for over a year, and for their large-scale shows at the Charleston Civic Center and in Huntington. The Redding Brothers are out to prove that Rock & Roll Can Save The World.
For more information, see ReddingBrothers.com.