Brett Eldredge's 2016 hit "Wanna Be That Song" hinted at a noble, ambitious goal for his music: to be the accompaniment for key moments in someone's life. That idea of leaving a positive legacy factors in to Eldredge's upcoming appearance on the CMT special Hometown Heroes, airing March 31st at 10 p.m. ET.
"A legacy for me is being a piece of the soundtrack of someone's life," says Eldredge in an exclusive clip from the special, before quoting from "Wanna Be That Song." "'That melody rewinds years, once disappeared, makes time stall.' If I helped you through something or if I helped you find love or if I helped you find a way through heartbreak or whatever it is, then my job is done and that's what I want to leave behind in this world."
Eldredge, along with with Chris Stapleton and Darius Rucker, participated in Hometown Heroes, which centers on giving back to the communities that shaped them. In Eldredge's case, that means returning to Paris, Illinois, where he helps remodel Laker Stadium, a minor league baseball park near his hometown, before performing a surprise concert in his high school's gymnasium.
Meanwhile, Rucker visits MUSC Children Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, where his mother worked as a nurse, to help remodel and perform. Stapleton's segment features his return to Paintsville, Kentucky to surprise his high school with improvements to the music program and the construction of an outdoor performance stage.
Hometown Heroes is presented by the Ram Trucks brand and their Ram Nation charitable initiative, which assembled numerous volunteers to assist Eldredge, Rucker and Stapleton with their projects. Ram Trucks also presents Rolling Stone Country's daily Ram Report video series.