Gary Kyle's 2018 tour aids New Braunfels based fundraising efforts

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Nashville, TN - While Gary Kyle gears up for the spring release of his new EP “Rewind Blue,” the sequel to his 2017 acclaimed release “Rewind White,” the Houston singer/songwriter is taking this opportunity to partner with Operation FINALLY HOME, and use his 2018 tour to aid fundraising efforts for wounded, ill and injured men and women veterans in Texas. Select tour dates throughout the year will be designated events planned specifically for Operation FINALLY HOME and will be announced in advance on Gary’s website at

Based in New Braunfels, Texas, Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission is to provide homes and home modifications to America’s military Heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. They partner with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, remodelers, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these Heroes and families by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a place to call home. To date, Operation FINALLY HOME has over 240 custom-built, mortgage-free homes and home modifications that have been completed or in planning for America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen.

Executive Director, Rusty Carroll, and Director of Donor Engagement, Katie Herries, were thrilled when they got a phone call from Gary Kyle asking how he could help. Gary is well versed on the topic of “giving to those in need” having started his own nonprofit effort along with his wife back in 2013 called the “Texas Strong Organization.” Similarly working community-by-community and choosing candidates by recommendations through their Facebook page, the Kyle’s work included everything from paying utility bills, supplying Christmas presents, providing plumbing and carpentry work, paying mortgages and car notes, and purchasing airline tickets to enable soldiers to come home and see their families. This life realization for the Kyle’s was immediate as Gary explains. “My gift is music, my calling is helping.”

Gary Kyle has no military background of his own, but he wears the sentiment “finally home” on his sleeve, having just returned to his native home of Houston weeks before Hurricane Harvey slammed southern Texas back in August with a devastating blow. His elation about being home again mixed with the despair his fellow Texans were experiencing stoked his altruistic fire once again, and after delivering an 18-foot box trailer filled with food and supplies to flood victims, Gary decided to continue on with that sentiment by dedicating his new EP release and the corresponding tour to helping our military veterans come “finally home.” Check for upcoming dates and community announcements on Operation FINALLY HOME and his new EP release “Rewind Blue.”


Wurstplex Winter Jam 6!

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6th year, new name! Our primary beneficiary this year is Soldier Songs and Voices, plus Pink Warrior Angels and Callen Hughs Foundation as well!

Facebook events:
Friday, January 19, 2018 7pm
Saturday, January 20, 2018 NOON

Noon to midnight, LIVE MUSIC all day long! BEST BURGERS IN NEW BRAUNFELS from Freiheit Country Store, and pray our weather turns out as good as the past 5 years!

Full band performances by:
Jesse Stratton Band, The Lawless, Alli Mattice Band & Two Way Street

Two song swaps from Soldier Songs and Voices students

Acoustic performances by:
Dustin Welch, HALLEYANNA & Mark Jungers, Ryan Ross, Joe “The Jester” Congdon, Kori Free, Nate Rodriguez, Tony Taylor, Hannah Swan, Elisa Maria, Brittney Nemec, Austin Gilliam, Joel Hofmann, Dennis Jay, Larry Martin Sweeney, Anna McCormick and Paul Eldridge

AND a special Friday night pre party with Jason Allen & Gabe Garcia Full Band Duo plus BJ Thibodeaux & Backwater Blvd!

Special thanks to our sponsors Kora Kora Coffee, Comaltex Insurance Agency Inc, CalTex Protective Coatings, Freddy's Pawn & Jewelry, Popbelly's Popcorn, Bonzai Steak & Sushi, Gregersen Family Chiropractic, Naturally Cafe, The Purple Chair and as always produced by Music of New Braunfels and TX Citizen!

The name change:

FYI we used to be named Blowin' Off Steamboat Music Festival, but because that was a name chosen off the cuff 6 years ago at the VERY last minute when we planned the first year, we decided we finally needed our own identity! I don't know if anybody used the word "Wurstplex" prior to me creating the Music of New Braunfels website and adding it into the text in the site header, but the TX Citizen has also adopted it for their "Best of the Wurstplex" awards they started in 2017.

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