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Darby Ledbetter / Press

“The Memorial Day Weekend Fundraiser events have something for everyone. A disc golf at dusk tournament starts on Friday, May 27 at Riverbend Park. On Saturday, May 28, more sporting events are slated for the park including co-ed kickball, volleyball, horseshoe tournament and washers. While all that’s happening a barbecue cookoff will be raging. A lunch will be served at the park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a live auction kicks off at 2 p.m. Music rounds out the afternoon and evening starting at 5 p.m. and going until midnight. Musicians include Vintage 259, Logan Tucker Band, Jeff Haney and headliner Darby Ledbetter. ”

“The winners for the 24th Midsouth Emmy Awards were announced on January 30, 2010. The show was hosted by three-time former NASCAR Winston Cup champion, Darrell Waltrip. The awards were broadcast live from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee. ”

“Just a few days remain until Saturday night when Country hitmaker Aaron Tippin takes the stage at The Mill at Lebanon. Known for putting on a high-energy romp, Tippin will be joined on stage by National Guardsman Darby Ledbetter and newcomer Amy Nicole Lewis. “We could not be more pleased with the way this event is coming together,” said Caleb Brock of Vision Music, Inc. “This is going to be nothing less than a good old-fashioned country throwdown! Our guests should expect to be highly engaged in the show and plan to spend a lot of time on their feet!” ”

“The Tennessee National Guard's Darby Ledbetter is headed back to Iraq for the fourth time, but this time, his deployment will be interrupting one of his dreams: making a mark on Country Music. “When you get the call, you know, you just do what you have to do and roll with it,” Ledbetter said in an interview with Nashville's News Channel 5. Before his deployment, the singer/soldier’s friends and family congregated at BMI in Nashville last Friday to celebrate his new album, Soldier Up. With his new fame, Ledbetter is ready for both roles as a Country singer and a soldier. “Running these two lives parallel is a juggling act, but to bring them together is nothing short of a dream come true,” he said. Recently, an Army National Guard promotion campaign featured Ledbetter’s song, “I Won’t Let My Guard Down.” The ad played in eight southeast states’ movie theaters last summer. Once he is back in Iraq, Ledbetter plans on performing for fellow soldiers. ”

Jessica Gerlter - Country Hound

“Local Media, Artists, National Guard Show Support For Singer-Soldier-Songwriter Darby Ledbetter at BMI Event (Nashville, TN – Jan. 25, 2010) A packed house turned out Friday, Jan. 22 at the Nashville BMI offices to recognize singer-soldier-songwriter Darby Ledbetter for his ongoing 10-year service in the National Guard and his emerging career as a Country artist. Following in the footsteps of artists like Kid Rock and Three Doors Down, Ledbetter is only the third artist chosen by the National Guard to have one of his songs, (“I Won’t Let My Guard Down”), chosen for a national movie theater ad campaign. Ledbetter is preparing to deploy for his fourth combat tour overseas, with plans to release his debut album, Soldier Up, in the near future. National Guardsman and Country singer Darby Ledbetter gathers with fellow artists at his media event at BMI on Friday, Jan. 22. Lee Roy (The Roys), Elaine Roy (The Roys), Lane Brody, Aaron Tippin, Ty Williams.”

“Darby Ledbetter is no stranger to taking chances; he is a National Guardsman with prior service in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy and presently preparing to head back to Iraq for his fifth combat tour. Darby is also gearing up to release his first album as a Country artist with the release of his single “I Won’t Let My Guard Down”; a song written by a Soldier—for all Soldiers. His soulful music tells the compelling story of these Soldiers, their Families and the commitment they make at home and abroad. In the middle of a national promotional campaign for his song, “I Won’t Let My Guard Down,” Darby was once again called upon to serve his country. Rather than abandon his dream of being a Country singer, Darby accepted the challenge as a soldier, recognizing a noble opportunity to do what most musicians never get the chance to do: put their money where their mouth is.”

“Emmy award winning, Texas National Guard Soldier, CW2 Darby Ledbetter talks with KWTX Channel 10 Waco News Anchor, Gordan Collier about the importance of being a Citizen Soldier. ”

“In the Sports Zone downtown, we had the fourth annual Michael Peterson Celebrity Tractor Race, sponsored by New Holland. The man to beat was last year’s champ, Darby Ledbetter, a country record maker who is also a three-tour veteran of the Middle East.”

“Soldier, singer, songwriter Darby Ledbetter proudly introduces his first country single, “I Won’t Let My Guard Down,” a song written by a Soldier—for all Soldiers. A Warrant Officer with the Tennessee National Guard, Ledbetter wrote the song to honor the men and women who proudly serve their nation as Citizen–Soldiers. His soulful music tells the compelling story of these Soldiers, their Families and the commitment they make at home and abroad. Before leaving his native Texas to pursue a music career in Nashville, Ledbetter served three tours in the Middle East. He knows the difference the Guard makes in people's lives, and hopes his song will show the faces of the Guard, and shine a light on these everyday heroes. ”

“Country artists Tracy Lawrence, Jimmy Wayne, Darby Ledbetter, Bryan White and Helms' band, Bigg Country, are scheduled to perform. ”

“Country music artist Darby Ledbetter sings a song at the Morgan County Relief Concert Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 in Martinsville, Ind. Ledbetter is also a chief warrant officer in the Tennessee National Guard. "Anybody that's faced a tragedy of this magnitude simply needs help. You need to bring awareness to what happened here." said Ledbetter. The benefit concert raised funds to help rebuild areas damaged by flood waters in June. The Indiana National Guard was instrumental in helping with the concert and relief efforts in June.”

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