Thursday, June 30, 2005

Charlie wows 'em in Utah

StandardNET/Standard-Examiner: "The Charlie Daniels Band sang 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia.'

Hill Air Force Base personnel attending the concert sang the praises of Daniels.

'Oh, this is great. I didn't expect to get a backstage pass,' said Sgt. Dale Jacobs, who said he is a fan of Daniels because of the support the musician has for the military.

Jacobs was one of 10 base workers selected to go backstage and meet Daniels prior to his Tuesday performance at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton.

To jump-start the Fourth of July holiday activities, the Davis Arts Council teamed up with the Southern rocker in paying tribute to military and civilian base personnel.

'Charlie (Daniels) is such a patriot. Everything he does is so American,' said Brian Lopez, Davis Arts Council marketing and development director.

The mix of military and civilian personnel -- and four guests of Boeing, the concert sponsor, were given the opportunity to go backstage to meet Daniels, who was all smiles and Southern drawl welcoming each as if they were a long-lost relative.

When asked to smile for personal photos, Daniels hammed, 'I'm doing one of my old face-crackers.'

After signing autographs, a fiddle and some shirts, Daniels then went out and performed before a loud crowd of 1,700 people who refused to allow rain clouds to chase them away."

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