U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway was the keynote speaker at this year’s Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.
And while he was very honored to give a speech to country radio programmers, he told me the night before that was just as much of an honor.
Galloway went to a VIP event at John Rich’s Mt. Richmore house and had the
chance to meet country singer Billy Dean and spend some time getting to know Rich and Big Kenny.
Big & Rich asked Galloway if he knew about their song “8th of November,” a top 20 hit off of their 2005 album Comin’ to Your City.
Of course he knew the song, not just because of its story but because of its timing. He heard it for the first time while he was recovering from an IED attack in Iraq that left him without his left arm and left leg.
“About three months after my injury, this song came out,” Galloway recalled. “And it connected with me more than ever. To some, music is just music. But that song, to me, meant so much more.”
The song has a Kris Kristofferson introduction, and tells the story of a soldier from South Dakota and how he survived on the tragic day in 1965 when 48 American soldiers died in Vietnam.
So when Big & Rich asked Galloway to take their stage and introduce that song, he said he didn’t even hesitate.
Growing up in Alabama, Galloway says he loves late ’90s country, is a big fan of the late Chris LeDoux, but jr also listens to Jason Aldean, Blackberry Smoke, Chris Stapleton and Jamey Johnson.
Galloway came in third on the 20th season of Dancing With the Stars. On April 14, he returns to TV on American Grit, the Fox network’s competition series. And later this year, he’ll be releasing an autobiography.