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Brian Kelley’s Tribute to the Military Is Inspired by Personal Meaning

Brian Kelley kicks off the 4th of July weekend with a true tribute to first responders and service members – in particular, his “Poppy (John Edward Kelley) and Uncle Mike who both served,” the country artist shared on his social media earlier this week.

Kelley dropped “American Spirit” on Friday, July 1. It’s a heartfelt song that serves as “a tribute to my Poppy and my Uncle Mike who both served, and all of our service members and first responders who keep us safe and protect our freedoms! Past present future.” He added in a statement, “I love our great country and will always support our brave defenders.” Kelley previously shared, in honor of Memorial Day, that her Poppy, who served in the US Army during World War II, “made it out alive after being a prisoner of war in Germany. Others weren’t so lucky. So many people have paid the ultimate price for our freedom, putting their lives on the line.”

“Oh, in all the big towns in all the little towns / Hats come off when the flags come out / Every mom and pop store fly ’em proud / ‘Cause you can’t knock down

“The American spirit, this red, white and blue/It flies for freedom for me and for you/It’s what I believe in, this country I love/This American spirit runs in our blood”

Kelley confirmed earlier this week that he would be releasing “American Spirit,” sparking anticipation among fans. Shortly after its Friday morning release, listeners loved the new song and cheered the release in time for the holiday weekend. The lyric video features hand-painted cover art by Steve Penley, “one of America’s most celebrated artists with works exhibited worldwide,” according to a press release announcing the song’s debut. Listen to “American Spirit” here: