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OTRC: Billy Ray Cyrus salutes troops with 'I'm American' album

Billy Ray Cyrus appears in an undated photo from his official website. (BillyRayCyrus.com)

Billy Ray Cyrus has released his new album, "I'm American," just in time for Independence Day.

The album is a salute to American soldiers in Afghanistan, where the country singer performed in December 2009, while bombs went off in the background. Cyrus remembered a young soldier who said, "Keep going, Mr. Cyrus! We're used to it," a moment he told the Associated Press was the "genesis" of his new album.

"I'm American," which hit stores on June 28, features a new version of his troop-dedicated song "Some Gave All," which earned Cyrus the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Bob Hope Award for excellence in entertainment. The song, which was revived from his debut album, features vocals from fellow country singers Daryll Worley and former soldiers Jamey Johnson and Craig Morgan.

Cyrus will continue his support of the soldiers with his new series, "Surprise Homecoming?," which premieres on July 11 at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.

Cyrus, best known for his 1992 hit single "Achy Breaky Heart", played his daughter Miley's on-screen father, Robby Ray Stewart, on the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana." The show finished its fourth and final season in January.

In October 2010, Cyrus filed for divorce from her mother Tish and moved from their Los Angeles home to his house in Tennessee. In March, he announced he dropped the divorce.

Watch Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" music video and his interview with the Associated Press below.

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