Did you know Lee Brice's song "I Drive Your Truck" was inspired by a true story? It started when the songwriters heard a radio interview about a family that lost their son in Afghanistan in 2006.
He was Medal of Honor recipient Jared Monti and he died while trying to save a fellow soldier. During the interview the dad was asked how he coped and he said, quote, "I drive his truck." The writers took it from there.
Well, there was an industry party on Monday to celebrate the song going Number One, and Lee decided to invite the family.
Lee said, quote, "We got 'em plane tickets and a hotel and we flew in the parents of Jared. He was the guy that they were getting in his truck and driving around. We [gave] them plaques and let them see how big their story became."
There was one moment during the ceremony that must have touched everyone. At one point the father said, quote, "By the way. I've never been able to listen to that song through to the end."
So cool to see how country music actually connects with real stories.