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05 Nov 10 Concert Special To Air on PBS

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Houston, TX — “Texas Burning: A Lone Star Salute to Our Troops,” the award-winning concert special featuring seven well-known Texas- and Gulf Coast-based musical artists
and honoring the U.S. military, veterans and their families, will air on Texas and Louisiana PBS affiliates in November, which is National Military Family Appreciation Month and Warrior Care Month.

Many of the Texas PBS stations are to broadcast the special on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11.

Ten PBS affiliates, including nine of the Texas PBS stations — Houston, San Antonio,
Austin, Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland, Corpus Christi, Harlingen and College Station/
Bryan — along with Louisiana Public Broadcasting are scheduled to air “Texas Burning” during the week of Veterans Day, starting on Sunday, November 7. Seven of the stations are scheduled to broadcast the program during Prime Time on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11. For a complete schedule of times and affiliates, visit the program’s Web site, www.texasburning.com.

“Our show is a tribute to our current armed forces and our veterans who have proudly served,” says the program’s executive producer, Anthony Cutrona. “We are grateful the show will air during Military Family Appreciation Month, recognizing their families who have also sacrificed so much.”

The concert is hosted by Austin music makers Patricia Vonne and Sam Baker, who also performed. Guitar goddess Carolyn Wonderland, internationally renowned blues player Sherman Robertson, GRAMMY Award nominee Ruthie Foster, singer-songwriter Shannon McNally and New Orleans’ Swedish chanteuse Theresa Andersson are also featured. One of the concert highlights is an inspirational grand-finale song featuring a dozen musicians. The song’s message is embodied in its title, “It’s Gonna Be Okay.”

“It was a very special night of music in recognition of our brave troops and their loved ones,” says Vonne. “We hope everyone will tune in and join us in saying thank you.” Her song, “Texas Burning,” is the origin of the program’s title and its theme song.

“Texas Burning: A Lone Star Salute to Our Troops” is the first project produced by Houston-based Rampant Entertainment. It premiered around this year’s Memorial Day on the PBS affiliates in Houston, Killeen and San Antonio. On October 14, NETA, the National Educational Telecommunications Association, announced it would provide national distribution of the concert, via live satellite feed, to more than 350 public television stations nationwide.

The program was produced at the time of the grand opening of San Antonio’s Center for
the Intrepid, the state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility at Brooke Army Medical Center for soldiers catastrophically injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. The concert special includes introductory footage of wounded warriors being treated at the facility. Hundreds of military personnel have been treated there during the past three years.

The live concert audience included soldiers and family members. Rampant Entertainment donated seating to troops stationed in the San Antonio area, and all ticket proceeds were donated to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization headquartered in San Antonio that provides support to the families of deployed soldiers.

The program was awarded Best Video Production-Shows/Specials honors at the 2007 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.

A DVD of the one-hour show, including a bonus track duet by Wonderland and Foster, is available for purchase on the program’s Web site, www.texasburning.com. A portion of the DVD sales of the program will be donated to various military-support charitable organizations. Rampant Entertainment will release the complete three-hour concert CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc for sale in early 2011. It will include 30 songs, with three in Spanish, and features a number of duets and collaborations along with behind-the-scenes footage.

Rampant Entertainment plans to develop “Texas Burning” into a televised concert series by recording a concert annually in Houston and San Antonio. It hopes to shoot its first “Texas Burning: Live from Houston” concert from the historic Rockefeller Hall next year.

Texas and Louisiana Public Television Affiliates slated to Broadcast “Texas Burning,” Concert Special include:

4 p.m. Sunday, November 7, Midland Basin PBS
10 p.m. Monday, November 8, Houston KUHT
11 a.m. Wednesday, November 10, Louisiana LPB
7 p.m. Thursday, November 11, San Antonio KLRN
7 p.m. Thursday November 11, Bryan/College Station KAMU
8 p.m. Thursday, November 11, Harlingen KMBH
8 p.m. Thursday, November 11, Lubbock KTXT
9 p.m. Thursday, November 11, Austin KLRU
9 p.m. Thursday, November 11. Amarillo KACV
9 p.m. Thursday, November 11. Midland Basin PBS
3 p.m. Friday, November 12, Louisiana LPB
2 a.m. Saturday, November 13. Amarillo KACV
2 a.m. Saturday, November 13, Austin KLRU
9 p.m. Saturday, November 13, Corpus Christi KEDT

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