It was called Country Music: In Performance at the White House and it was designed to celebrate country music.  And it included top country talents including Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, The Band Perry, Darious Rucker and Dierks Bentley among others.

In cooperation with PBS, this concert was the latest in a series designed to showcase the various American musical fields.  Other concerts in the series celebrated the Civil Rights era, Motown, Broadway, Jazz and Latin Music.

“There is enough room in country music for everybody,” President Obama said in his opening remarks, quoting Charley Pride, the black country music veteran who performed at the White House two years prior.

One true show-stopper was reportedly the performance of Home by Dierks Bentley.  He dedicated it to soldiers coming home from the Middle East.

Now is the time that these guys are coming back, you know, with health problems and obviously they’re trying to put their families back together,” Bentley told reporters.  “How do we incorporate these folks back into our society, into our economy, so they can have productive lives?”

Making not only a repeat, but a 3-peat performance at the White House was Lyle Lovett.  He had previously performed for Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

PBS will re-broadcast the performance tonight.  Check your local listings for In Performance: Country Music at the White House tonight at 6 PM Mountain Time.

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