Thursday, May 14, 2015
– Brantley Gilbert will embark on a motorcycle ride with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to celebrate the May 18 release of "Just As I Am Platinum Edition" (The Valory Music Co.).
This is the second consecutive year the Georgia native has embarked on this type of journey, launching the standard album with 2014's "Athens to Arlington."
The disc produced the two times Platinum number one hit "Bottoms Up" and Gold-certified "Small Town Throwdown." "It's been a wild ride with this album. I put pen to paper and let the blood, sweat and tears of the last few years create these stories," said Gilbert. "A huge thanks goes out to the BG Nation for all the support. I'm excited to bring this new music to the fans - my friends - and kick it all off with a ride to benefit a cause that is so important to me."
Gilbert, a longtime motorcycle rider, will help introduce the WWP "Rolling Odyssey" program, a therapeutic ride for combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and readjustment challenges, in conjunction with sharing his new music. This program is part of WWP's alliance with Harley-Davidson, and it will include stops at several Harley-Davidson dealerships along the route.
The ride kicks off in Houston on May 22 as 10 Wound Warrior Project Alumni will join Gilbert and will make stops in Beaumont, Texas, Scott, La. and Baton Rogue, La. Gilbert will perform on May 23 at LSU Tiger Stadium.
By encouraging wounded veterans to ride, the Rolling Odyssey program provides an opportunity for camaraderie, bonding, and therapy.
"Wounded Warrior Project is grateful for Brantley's support of the WWP mission, to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. We are honored to work with motorcycle icon Harley-Davidson in a joint initiative to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder and help improve the lives of this generation of wounded servicemen and women who are living with PTSD. Operation Personal Freedom creates awareness and support for our nation's heroes through the love of motorcycle riding," said John Roberts, warrior relations executive vice president for WWP. "Our warriors are excited to get out on the open road and ride their Harleys alongside Brantley in this inaugural Rolling Odyssey event."