Watch this sneak peek of GAC's new series, "Great American Heroes" with Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins with volunteer Kempy Stark on the site of a Rebuilding Together pro

Trace Adkins with volunteer Kempy Stark on the site of a Rebuilding Together project in Davenport, Iowa. Rebuilding Together provides free repairs, maintenance and home modifications to needy homeowners on the Quad Cities area, and will be featured on the new GAC series "Great American Heroes," premiering August 22 at 8 p.m. ET on GAC.
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Trace Adkins visits children of the Chloe Foundation in Salina, Kan

Trace Adkins visits children of the Chloe Foundation, a Salina, Kan. organization that created the Monkey in my Chair program, which presents a giant stuffed monkey to sit in a child's seat at school when the child cannot attend due to treatment related to childhood cancer. The organization will be featured on the new GAC series "Great American Heroes," premiering August 22 at 8 p.m. ET on GAC.
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Trace Adkins (left) listens as Fred Thomas (standing in black) addresses a group

Trace Adkins (left) listens as Fred Thomas (standing in black) addresses a group at Beasley's Boxing Club in Davenport, Iowa. The club's afterschool program offers mentors who work with at-risk youth on the physical and mental benefits of boxing. It is the goal of Beasley's Boxing Club to turn the passion of the sport into a positive learning experience that students can utilize for the rest of their lives. The organization will be featured on the new GAC series "Great American Heroes," premiering August 22 at 8 p.m. ET on GAC.
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Trace Adkins helps a child learn how to use a fire hose while visiting with orga

Trace Adkins helps a child learn how to use a fire hose while visiting with organizers of the Burn Foundation of Bakersfield, Calif. The foundation arranges ski trips, events and raises funds to sponsor kids at summer camps while educating children and parents about burn safety, and will be featured on the new GAC series "Great American Heroes," premiering August 22 at 8 p.m. ET on GAC.
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Trace Adkins Hosts New GAC Series “Great American Heroes”

Emotional Series Salutes Inspiring Individuals Across the Country

Country music superstar Trace Adkins knows a thing or two about heroes, and this fall he’s bringing their stories to life in the new series Great American Heroes on GAC. Great American Heroes follows Adkins on his nationwide Songs & Stories tour as he takes time away from the stage to pay tribute to ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their local communities. Great American Heroes premieres Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. ET. Episodes will re-air on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET.

In each episode, Adkins visits with three hometown heroes to learn about and acknowledge their efforts, and surprise them with something special to help them continue their good work. As a bonus, Adkins hosts the local heroes as special guests at his concert in their hometown.

Overcoming his own life-changing experiences, Adkins has emerged a tireless supporter of U.S. troops and many other worthy causes. It was his desire to spotlight the good works of others that led him to GAC with his concept for the new series.

“A lot of people get attention for the wrong reasons but the true measure of a hero is serving others. On Great American Heroes, I will introduce the real people who fit that bill,” said Adkins. “They devote themselves to others and deserve all the applause we can give them. These heroes will inspire you, make your heart swell and your eyes tear up. This show does more than tell some good stories, it affirms our faith in others.”

Great American Heroes will highlight the work of local champions in ten communities. In Salina, Kan., Adkins meets a local minister who started a carpentry shop to teach wood-working skills to homeless men. In Charleston, S.C., he tells the story of a 13-year old girl who creates community vegetable gardens and donates the harvest to feed people in need. In Davenport, Iowa, Adkins showcases the work of two sets of parents who develop programs for special needs children.

Great American Heroes reflects the values and the lifestyles of real people who epitomize what ‘living country’ is all about,” said Sarah Trahern, senior vice president and general manager of GAC. “The stories we’ll show will leave a lasting impression on GAC viewers.”

About Great American Country (GAC)

Great American Country is the leader in country music entertainment, and delivers to viewers the widest variety of country music, its artists and the lifestyles they influence. GAC broadcasts original country music programming, music performance specials, live concerts and music videos. GAC is available in more than 60 million households and online at http://www.GACTV.com.

About Trace Adkins:

Trace Adkins is one of Country music's most versatile and accomplished entertainers. His instantly recognizable baritone has earned gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums with total sales surpassing 10 million. He is the author of A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck. He charmed millions as a finalist on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice and he was recently seen in the box-office topping theatrical release, The Lincoln Lawyer. For the past two years, he has served as co-host of the American Country Awards on FOX.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Adkins was raised on Country and Gospel music and is known as an artist who speaks his mind and honors the past. The 6'6" former oil rigger-turned-Country star is the father of five daughters. Adkins has famously faced his share of life-changing events – most recently a fire claimed his home in June 2011 in Tennessee. With his family unharmed, Trace requested that fans redirect their kind offers of support to the Red Cross to help those in need.

Trace Adkins’ last studio album, PROUD TO BE HERE, featured the Top Ten hit, "Just Fishin'" and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Chart when it was released in August 2011 by Show Dog - Universal Music. He is currently preparing his eleventh studio album (release date to be announced).

About GAC

Great American Country is the leader in country lifestyle entertainment, and delivers to viewers original lifestyle programming, music performance specials, concerts and music videos. GAC is available in more than 60 million households and online at http://www.GACTV.com.

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Trace Adkins with Craig Bautz, a paraplegic who founded CAPEable Adventures in S

Trace Adkins with Craig Bautz, a paraplegic who founded CAPEable Adventures in Sandwich, Mass. as a way to encourage interest in adaptive sports. By participating in therapeutic recreational activities, physically challenged individuals improve muscle strength, coordination, equilibrium, balance, endurance, self-esteem, independence, and socialization skills. The organization will be featured on the new GAC series "Great American Heroes," premiering August 22 at 8 p.m. ET on GAC.
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