Saturday, April 30, 2005

They like him in Jersey

North Jersey Media Group providing local news, sports & classifieds for Northern New Jersey!: "Charlie Daniels, 'Songs From the Longleaf Pines' (Blue Hat/Koch)

Charlie Daniels has enjoyed one of the longest careers in modern music history. The long-haired country boy is famous for his outspoken patriotism and crowd-pleasing performances.

'The first music I ever played seriously was bluegrass, and I developed a deep and abiding love for this pure and honest music,' says Daniels.

Ricky Skaggs, the Whites, Rob and Ronnie McCoury, Mac Wiseman and Earl Scruggs join him on this collection of gospel bluegrass classics.

Nickel Creek's mandolin-genius Chris Thile contributes tasteful instrumental backgrounds for Daniels' spoken recitations of Psalms 23 and 91. Charlie's fiddle sizzles on 'I'll Fly Away.' His rough-edged voice with its energetic swamp rock groove is just right singing 'I'm Working on a Building.'

'Keep on the Sunny Side' and 'What Would You Give (In Exchange for Your Soul)' sound like old-time pickers gathered to play in a living room. Daniels and friends' obvious enjoyment of their time together is contagious.

'Not every musician understands bluegrass,' he notes. 'It's a fragile acoustical sound with unusual phrasing and intangible dynamics that can elude the ear of the finest musicians. Either you 'get it' or you don't, and while I certainly don't consider myself any kind of virtuoso, I'm thankful that at least I 'get it.''"

I'll be writing a more biased review soon. This is a great album if you love bluegrass or Charlie. - Matt

Friday, April 29, 2005

Charlie Daniels Band visits Camp Victory during tour of Iraq

The United States Army Home Page: "CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (Army News Service, April 12, 2005) -- To the cheers of thousands of fans, the Charlie Daniels Band, on a tour through Iraq and Afghanistan, put on a two-hour performance for Coalition troops near the Camp Victory Sports Oasis Dining Facility, April 10."

Another good article about Charlie with pictures.

Charlie Daniels recalls close call in Iraq

WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN: "Country performer Charlie Daniels says he had a close call while performing for U.S. troops in Iraq.

He and his band recently visited eight military installations in five different countries including Iraq.

He said while riding in a helicopter, the craft came under small arms fire. The band escaped without injury. "

Dang! Thank goodness, huh?

Thursday, April 28, 2005

CDB News Update

Hey Folks!

I've updated the news page to use so this will make it cake to update new news items, and I'll be able to do it from any computer if I run into something worthy of posting. This allows you to post comments to newsworthy items and should make the site more interactive.

I tried to integrate it into the rest of the site and I think it work well, as well as offer little items like a spell check, which will make me feel better.

Keep an eye posted for some updates to the Stories section, since in the last month I've received two great additions to that. One was from a soldier in Iraq's dad who got a picture of his son with Charlie. The same dad saw Charlie play back in the 70s when he was in the Navy, so the CDB is spanning the generations now. The other story is from a DJ in Iowa who got to work with the CDB and it helped pull her out of a "fog." You'll have to read it to see what she means.

If you regularly check the Soapbox (link above) on Charlie's site, you've probably noticed his electronic journal of his trip to Iraq, which is pretty cool to read. It's great to know that he's can put his money where his mouth is. Sounds like a cool trip.

Thanks for reading, and we'll keep you updated on what's going on!