Country stars and shooting guns are a common thing, so it comes as no surprise that this year’s Tug McGraw Foundation Pro-Am Sporting Clay Event  had yet another all-star lineup. The event, which took place Tuesday morning (June 3), helps kick off CMA Music Festival in Nashville.
Brantley Gilbert, Mark Wills, LoCash Cowboys, Rhett Akins, Craig Campbell, The Warren Brothers, Daryle Singletary, Dakota Bradley, Ira Dean, Keith Anderson, Lance Miller, Tiffany and, of course, Tug’s son, Tim McGraw, all gathered at the Nashville Gun Club for a little fun for a great cause.
Before heading out to go skeet shooting with their teams, the stars mingled with one another, spending a little time catching up and even brainstorming on song ideas. While it was an early start to the day, not a single star had a complaint in the world!
“Anytime you get called to anything for a charity, I’m in,” former Trick Pony member Ira Dean told Country Weekly. “Plus, there’s firearms involved and this is near my house. . . . I’d be shooting stuff right now if I was at home! I mean . . . seriously . . . what more do you need?”
The event was extra special for LoCash Cowboys’ Chris Lucas, as it allowed him the opportunity to shake Tim McGraw’s hand and thank him face to face for recording “Truck Yeah,” a song he co-wrote with duo partner Preston Brust, Chris Janson and Danny Myrick. “It was nice to be able to thank him for changing my life,” Chris told CW. “It just feels good to be here in general. It’s fun to be around other friends you don’t normally see because we’re all on the road so much.”
“It’s good to be out here with everybody supporting a great cause,” Preston added. “That’s what it’s all about.”
In Brantley Gilbert’s case, he and Tim have bonded well in recent years after the superstar took Brantley on the road with him.
“I’ve got a chance to get to hang out with Tim and get to know him as a dude because of that,” Brantley explained. “He’s a really great guy. I know he believes in some really strong things, and this is for his dad. I consider Tim a pretty close friend, so I wanted to come out and support anything he has going on. It’s a great cause . . . and we get to shoot guns, so it’s all good!”
In addition to money raised through team sponsorships, a silent auction was also taking place, which included guitars autographed by all artists involved, autographed Tug McGraw baseballs, vacation packages and more.
The Tug McGraw Foundation  was established by Tug McGraw in 2003 to raise funds to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and their families by stimulating and facilitating research that addresses the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual impact of the disease.
Funding raised through the 3rd Annual Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am  will aid in efforts to improve the lives of military service members who have been affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.