Please purchase the single "A Hero's Welcome Home," and half of the money will be donated to veteran's services organizations.

Read more about the project below:

About the Project

Dennis Haislip and The Blue Collar Opry is a group built around the production of a single original song titled "A Hero's Welcome Home" as well as the hopes that this song can bring attention to a very important issue. The song was written to honor the sacrifices of men and women of the armed forces, as well as recognize the sacrifices of their friends and family back home. As of right now, the song is being sold $1 per digital copy, with half of all the money raised being donated to veterans services organizations.

The song was written by Dennis Haislip, and the lyrics detail the story of a man receiving news that his brother died in combat overseas. As Dennis developed "A Hero's Welcome Home," the song's early drafts were often met with a passionate emotional response from friends and acquaintences. The early positive reception inspired Dennis to create Dennis Haislip and the Blue Collar Opry and bring the song to a wider audience, and hopefully do some real good at the same time. This effort has culminated in a fully-produced, professional single mastered by Eric Conn at Independent Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee. An accompanying music video was released with the single, shot and produced independently by Julie Ferrell and Kate Bell at Citizen Nerd productions

For a copy of our Press Release, click here.

Meet the Band

Dennis Haislip and the Blue Collar Opry is a four-piece group featuring Dennis Haislip on vocals, Steve Rorebeck on drums, Mike Hoversten on bass guitar, and Al Clarke on lead guitar.



Dennis Haislip was born in North Carolina, and has done everything from driving trucks across the country to cleaning up the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska, and played in the southern rock band 35 South for four years. He now operates a professional recording studio in Ames, Iowa called the Alexander Recording Kompany. Although Dennis is the only member of the band with no military history, his father served in the Marine Corps, and fought in Vietnam, and his grandfather served in the Navy. His family's background in the military was a large source of inspiration behind "A Hero's Welcome Home."

Steve Rorebeck has been playing drums professionally since age 13, playing in many local country and 50's bands until high school. Steve joined the Iowa National Guard from 1982 through 1983 as part of a two-year program. Since the 80's, Steve has played and toured with bands including Jeff Brandt and Galaxy, Kashmere, and The Flying Marsupials, opening up for bands such as .38 Special, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Mike Hoversten (DiMarco) has been around music his whole life, singing, playing band instruments, and eventually bass and guitar at age 14. In high school, he played bass in jazz and pep band. Since then, he has predominantly played in rock and blues bands. Mike served in E Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division as a 0331 machinegun squad leader. Enlisted 13 January, 1995 and honorably discharged 12 January, 2003 as non-commissioned officer rank of Corporal.

Al Clarke served as a Corporal in the US Marine Corps from 1969-1972. When Al returned from Vietnam, he went to a local music store in Des Moines, Iowa and purchased his first Gibson Les Paul electric guitar. Since then, Al has played on countless recordings and with bands such as Big E and The Killer Bees, and Bejae Fleming.

Additional instrumentation on "A Hero's Welcome Home" was provided by Amanda Ackerman, Jodi Johnson, and Luvenia Reneé Williams on background vocals, Curtis Snook on fiddle, and Andy Anderson on piano.