John Michael Montgomery, Jared Ashley headline concert for veterans in Wilmington


Country singer and U.S. Navy veteran Jared Ashley performs before a packed Murphy Theatre Friday night at Operation Cherrybend: A Hero’s Concert to benefit wounded veterans. The event was presented by R+L Carriers, Cherrybend Pheasant Farm, the U.S. Navy Flight Deck Veterans Group — which was founded by Ashley — and many other local sponsors including the News Journal. The Nick Erdy Foundation, named for the soldier who lost his life in Iraq in 2005, also donated 100 tickets for veterans and military personnel.

Country singer and U.S. Navy veteran Jared Ashley performs before a packed Murphy Theatre Friday night at Operation Cherrybend: A Hero’s Concert to benefit wounded veterans. The event was presented by R+L Carriers, Cherrybend Pheasant Farm, the U.S. Navy Flight Deck Veterans Group — which was founded by Ashley — and many other local sponsors including the News Journal. The Nick Erdy Foundation, named for the soldier who lost his life in Iraq in 2005, also donated 100 tickets for veterans and military personnel.


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Wounded warriors Josh Sams, left, and Larry Draughn along with young Garon Draughn enjoyed the festivities, which included dancing and a sing-along to “Hang On Sloopy.” Several Nashville-based singers-songwriters also performed during the evening, and over the weekend they teamed up for some hunting with veterans at Cherrybend Pheasant Farm in Clinton County.


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Country music star John Michael Montgomery was the headliner for the concert. He sang many of his number-one and top-1o hits from the 1990s and beyond, including “I Swear” and “Life’s A Dance”, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).”


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Jared Ashley sings at the benefit concert at the Murphy Theatre.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Many couples danced to the love songs of John Michael Montgomery.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Veterans Josh Sams and Larry Draughn join in with other attendees for a dance.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Among the couples at the concert were Beth and Terry Habermehl.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Country singer and U.S. Navy veteran Jared Ashley performs before a packed Murphy Theatre Friday night at Operation Cherrybend: A Hero’s Concert to benefit wounded veterans. The event was presented by R+L Carriers, Cherrybend Pheasant Farm, the U.S. Navy Flight Deck Veterans Group — which was founded by Ashley — and many other local sponsors including the News Journal. The Nick Erdy Foundation, named for the soldier who lost his life in Iraq in 2005, also donated 100 tickets for veterans and military personnel.

Wounded warriors Josh Sams, left, and Larry Draughn along with young Garon Draughn enjoyed the festivities, which included dancing and a sing-along to “Hang On Sloopy.” Several Nashville-based singers-songwriters also performed during the evening, and over the weekend they teamed up for some hunting with veterans at Cherrybend Pheasant Farm in Clinton County.

Country music star John Michael Montgomery was the headliner for the concert. He sang many of his number-one and top-1o hits from the 1990s and beyond, including “I Swear” and “Life’s A Dance”, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).”

Jared Ashley sings at the benefit concert at the Murphy Theatre.

Many couples danced to the love songs of John Michael Montgomery.

Veterans Josh Sams and Larry Draughn join in with other attendees for a dance.

Among the couples at the concert were Beth and Terry Habermehl.

Country singer and U.S. Navy veteran Jared Ashley performs before a packed Murphy Theatre Friday night at Operation Cherrybend: A Hero’s Concert to benefit wounded veterans. The event was presented by R+L Carriers, Cherrybend Pheasant Farm, the U.S. Navy Flight Deck Veterans Group — which was founded by Ashley — and many other local sponsors including the News Journal. The Nick Erdy Foundation, named for the soldier who lost his life in Iraq in 2005, also donated 100 tickets for veterans and military personnel.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_concert-Jaredt.jpgCountry singer and U.S. Navy veteran Jared Ashley performs before a packed Murphy Theatre Friday night at Operation Cherrybend: A Hero’s Concert to benefit wounded veterans. The event was presented by R+L Carriers, Cherrybend Pheasant Farm, the U.S. Navy Flight Deck Veterans Group — which was founded by Ashley — and many other local sponsors including the News Journal. The Nick Erdy Foundation, named for the soldier who lost his life in Iraq in 2005, also donated 100 tickets for veterans and military personnel. Tom Barr | News Journal

Wounded warriors Josh Sams, left, and Larry Draughn along with young Garon Draughn enjoyed the festivities, which included dancing and a sing-along to “Hang On Sloopy.” Several Nashville-based singers-songwriters also performed during the evening, and over the weekend they teamed up for some hunting with veterans at Cherrybend Pheasant Farm in Clinton County.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_concert-veterans-2t.jpgWounded warriors Josh Sams, left, and Larry Draughn along with young Garon Draughn enjoyed the festivities, which included dancing and a sing-along to “Hang On Sloopy.” Several Nashville-based singers-songwriters also performed during the evening, and over the weekend they teamed up for some hunting with veterans at Cherrybend Pheasant Farm in Clinton County. Tom Barr | News Journal

Country music star John Michael Montgomery was the headliner for the concert. He sang many of his number-one and top-1o hits from the 1990s and beyond, including “I Swear” and “Life’s A Dance”, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).”
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_concertJMM2t.jpgCountry music star John Michael Montgomery was the headliner for the concert. He sang many of his number-one and top-1o hits from the 1990s and beyond, including “I Swear” and “Life’s A Dance”, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).” Tom Barr | News Journal

Jared Ashley sings at the benefit concert at the Murphy Theatre.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_concert-Jared-2t.jpegJared Ashley sings at the benefit concert at the Murphy Theatre. Tom Barr | News Journal

Many couples danced to the love songs of John Michael Montgomery.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_concertdancet.jpegMany couples danced to the love songs of John Michael Montgomery. Tom Barr | News Journal

Veterans Josh Sams and Larry Draughn join in with other attendees for a dance.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_concert-veteranst.jpgVeterans Josh Sams and Larry Draughn join in with other attendees for a dance. Tom Barr | News Journal

Among the couples at the concert were Beth and Terry Habermehl.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_Concert-Habermehlst.jpegAmong the couples at the concert were Beth and Terry Habermehl. Tom Barr | News Journal