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Songwriting with Soldiers

SW:S songwriters on stage at Luckenbach Texas, 2021. Left- right: Will Kimbrough, Bonnie Bishop, Radney Foster , Jay Clementi.
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SW:S songwriters on stage at Luckenbach Texas, 2021. Left- right: Will Kimbrough, Bonnie Bishop, Radney Foster , Jay Clementi.

Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at 10 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On demand now with PBS Video App

Join Songwriting With Soldiers' unique collaborative of professional artists working with veterans to tell their stories of war and the return home through song. This concert special celebrates music's power to heal and bring diverse people together.

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This concert is now available on demand for free through Dec. 9, 2022 with the PBS Video App. Download it for free on your favorite device. The app allows you to catch up on recent episodes and discover award-winning shows.

Gary Burr "Something Ain't Right"
Bonnie Bishop "Lion of Fallujah"

(the concert will be rebroadcast on Nov. 19)

SongwritingWith:Soldiers has announced the second annual commemorative concert in Luckenbach Texas to be held on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2022 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the nonprofit organization. The show will feature songs written by veteran along with songwriters Jay Clementi, Will Kimbrough, Georgia Middleman, and Gary Nicholson who will perform.

Cris Graham, co-owner of Luckenbach said, “This is the second year we have hosted this concert, and it’s held with pride for all of the veterans who serve our country. It’s especially meaningful because my brother and husband are Vietnam veterans and my son served in Afghanistan. This celebration is our way of giving back to the community we love.”

Board Chair & President Gary Leopold concurred, saying, “Our goal is to bring attention to the challenges that veterans face, especially when you realize that only 1% of the U.S. population serves in the military on behalf of the entire country. All of us at SW:S—from the board and the staff to our generous volunteers—have ambitious goals for our 10th year and beyond. We invite supporters to join us and keep this work growing.”

SongwritingWith:Soldiers is an evidence-based program using collaborative songwriting as a catalyst for positive change. SW:S provides a safe space and truly neutral ground—it is non-military, non-therapy, non-religious and non-political. Through their songs and retreat activities, participants rediscover their strengths and creativity to reconnect with family, friends, and networks with ongoing support. The songs are recorded and shared through streaming, concerts, and social media in order to bridge military and civilian communities, ultimately building awareness of the challenges faced by our returning service members. For more information about the SongwritingWith:Soldiers programs and retreats, or to make a contribution to our work, visit, songwritingwithsoldiers on Facebook, Instagram + YouTube