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3 Doors Down promotes ‘The Better Life Foundation’ with music

Posted: Monday, Aug 26th, 2013

“3 Doors Down”

3 Doors Down, whose major hits include “Kryptonite,” “Here Without You,” and “Away From the Sun” will be playing at the South Dakota State Fair grandstand on Sunday, Sept. 1.

Members of the band include Brad Arnold, lead vocals, Todd Harrell, bass guitar, Grep Upchurch, drums, and Chris Henderson, rhythm guitar. The band, reigning from Mississippi, has numerous Billboard hits selling more than 20 million albums since the band’s debut album, “The Better Life,” which is also the name of the band’s charity.

“The Better Life Foundation” donates 100 percent of every dollar to help women and children in need. The charity was in response to the distrust of how charities allocate donations. “‘The Better Life Foundation’ guarantees that each dollar goes towards the actual cause,” said Chris Henderson in a recent phone interview.

“We’d go out and raise money, expecting it to go toward people in need, but the donations would go toward paying people for doing charity work. There’s something not right with that, at all.”

Henderson said the band’s sound can be described as a rock and roll with a metal influence. “Our sound is rock and roll,” said Henderson. “You can call it post-grudge but really, what is that? There are so many different meanings to that.”

The band’s unique sound draws from many different sources, including the members’ Southern upbringing and love for metal music.

“Megadeth and Metallica are big influences to all of the guys in the band, I think,” said Henderson.

“You can hear it in our bridges a lot. We don’t consciously try to do it, but it just comes out that way because we listen to a lot of metal.”

Although the band has been working on new material, Henderson said they will play their popular songs. “The fans are paying good money for a ticket to our show, and we want to play the songs they want to hear,” said Henderson.

The band appears to be the black sheep of the grandstand lineup that is predominately country artists. However, Henderson said 3 Doors Down is “the kind of band that fits into anything.”

“We have even played in country music festivals,” said Henderson.

“Even though we are rock and roll, we are going to fit right in there with the country acts.”

For the complete article see the 08-25-2013 issue.

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