George Strait, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith + More Sign Guitars For Wounded Officers

George Strait, Reba McEntire and Toby Keith are just a few of the many artists who are supporting The Wounded Blue, a Las Vegas-based organization that supports injured and disabled police officers.

The country singers, along with The Oak Ridge Boys, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Blake Shelton, Jamey Johnson, Gabby Barrett, Aaron Lewis and Kid Rock, singed multiple Epiphone acoustic guitars, which are being sold for $1,000 each, with proceeds benefiting The Wounded Blue.

“I feel that, as an entertainer, I am fortunate to be surrounded by great people that wear a badge and protect us, allowing me to travel and perform without being in fear on a daily basis,” Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys says. “We can’t do enough for those that risk their lives to protect and serve. If signing a few guitars to help raise money is what I need to do, then that is and was the easiest part of my day.”

It’s fitting that Strait is part of The Wounded Blue’s latest fundraising effort, since he released the song “The Weight of The Badge” in 2021 to honor first responders. Strait wrote the song with his son, Bubba Strait, and Country Music Hall of Fame member Dean Dillon, inspired by an interaction Strait saw between a police officer and his grandson, Harvey.

“‘The Weight of the Badge,’ the idea for that song came about when I got the Texan of the Year award,” Strait said of the song. “Me and Bubba, Tamara and Harvey, everybody, Norma, and even Jilliann, I think were there. I had security; I had an officer who was talking to Harvey and letting him play with his badge and hold it and pinning it on his shirt.”

The video for “The Weight of The Badge” also highlights the important work of first responders, especially police officers who put their lives on the line every day.

“I just got to thinking about that because it really wasn’t that heavy until you put it on it and then it really gets heavy,” Strait explained. “So, that was one of those things I thought was a real important message, especially these days and times. I love the way it turned out.”

The autographed guitars are available for purchase at