Friday, July 29, 2005
Instant Live to record 8 CDB shows for sale that night at the venue!
Instant Live records concerts, duplicates the masters at high speed, and distributes finished CDs in as little as six minutes after a show. They have a bank of cd burners on site, and crank out copies recorded from the soundboard at the show. Their site says you can order shows from the website, but so far a search of instantlive.com doesn't bring up any listings. I'll keep you posted if they put any up for sale.
Here are the dates and locations:
07/26/2005 Massapequa, NY at John Burns Park
07/27/2005 Harrington, DE at the Delaware State Fair
07/29/2005 Toledo, OH at the Toledo Harley Dealership
07/30/2005 Mendon, IL at the Adams Country Fair
07/31/2005 Janesville, WI at the Rock County 4-H Fair
08/6/2005 Cambridge, OH at the Deerassic Park Ed Center
08/7/2005 Osceloa, NY at Cedar Pines
08/9/2005 Lucasville, OH at the Scioto County Fair
Go to a show, get a CD!
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
The first few hundred words of this review of Yoakam's new album Blame the Vain makes it sound like a worthy album. Country, even! You can see him without his hat in the Wedding Crashers.
"The next one is in California and the very last one is in Houston with the Charlie Daniels Band, which I expect will be a big one. "
Put the CDB in there and it's already big. Zoom zoom.
(Nashville) - The set of Emeril Live wouldn't be complete without the sounds of the show's lively band: Bandleader and percussionist Leonard "Doc" Gibbs, keyboardist Cliff Starkey, bassist Charles Baldwin, drummer Ted Thomas, Jr., and saxophonist Louis Taylor -- but wait -- no fiddle!!! On August 15th, a true Southern boy and a true American patriot fiddle around - in the kitchen - in a big way as legendary icon CHARLIE DANIELS will help create the music for a special edition of Emeril Live! The show will air in November date to be announced soon.
Charlie's latest Blue Hat/Koch Records album, Songs From The Longleaf Pines; A Gospel Bluegrass Collection has received rave reviews across America. Charlie most recently appeared on The Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, GAC's Fabulous Fourth of July Celebration, and is scheduled for the CBS Early Show on November 19th. To date, Charlie has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. "
Thurman said he invited Daniels, an award-winning musician with hits such as 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' and 'Long Haired Country Boy,' because he is 'an American icon' and an 'outspoken supporter' of U.S. troops. "
Charlie likes veterans.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
You fiddle players trying to learn the Devil Went Down To Georgia...check this out. The sound clip and the sheet music. Yes really for violin. Two treble clefs.
“To say that Elvis was one of my heroes would be like calling the Pacific Ocean a mud puddle,” Daniels said.
This is a nice long article with some more cool quotes.
Daniels who put his patriotic views into print in his 2003 book called Ain’t No Rag: Freedom, Family, and the Flag, took his band to Afghanistan and Iraq last year to perform for the troops.
While there, he had the opportunity to visit the palace of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein and to sit in the despot’s chair.
“I tried to pose as disrespectfully as I could and still have the photo printed in family newspapers,” Daniels said with a chuckle.
Anybody know what picture this is? Sounds like it should be front page.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
The poet laureate of southern rock and his band mates are co-headlining this year's Jefferson County Fair with 70s rock giants Kansas, the band famous for its existentialist lament 'Dust in the Wind' and the anthemic rocker 'Carry on My Wayward Son.'
Daniels promises a familiar set of tunes played a little differently each night.
'I'm in a constant competition with myself to play it better tonight than I did last night and better tomorrow night than I did tonight,' he said. 'And I've never played it perfect yet. It's just striving for perfection because you'll never play it as good as you want to and there's so much room for improvisation in our band.'
Though Daniels plays more than 100 dates yearly, he recently found time for a series of morale-boosting concerts for troops stationed in Iraq. Daniels, who had the chance to relax in one of Saddam Hussein's old thrones and pose for photographs, said the experience was a rewarding one.
'The troops were great, their morale is good and we are winning that war," he said. "We had a great time, it was a very satisfying audience to play to with a bunch of folks who are brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers that are thousands of miles away from their families. A little bit of support and knowing that somebody cares means an awful lot to them."
Daniels' musical career spans decades and multiple genres. His most recent effort, the gospel-tinged bluegrass CD "Songs from the Longleaf Pines," is somewhat of a departure for the country rocker who spent the 70s jamming with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bob Dylan, an era Daniels recalls fondly.
"It was a lot of fun and we all had a great time together," he said. "We all started about the same time. Of course with Dylan, I only played in the studio with him but that was very much of a learning experience that I'll always cherish."
These days a Charlie Daniels Band audience is a multi-generational affair. The 70s diehards still come out in full force to enjoy classic hits like "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and "Long-Haired Country Boy," but they often have new spectators in tow.
"It's a bit of both," he said. "We're in our third generation of fans. The folks that brought their children to see us, now their children are bringing their children to see us.
"We've got a section in our fan club called The Century Club. When you see 100 shows we give you a belt buckle. You'd be amazed at how many people have collected that buckle and have seen us 100 times."
Daniels, who says he's played "every town of any size in the Union," promises fairgoers a fun – and family friendly – experience.
"We do a good family show with the emphasis on the family," he said. "We want you to bring your kids. We won't do anything to embarrass you in front of your children. We do a good show. I don't want to sound like I'm bragging, because I'm really not, but I've devoted my life to doing this. It's a family show and a good hard driving show. I think people will have a good time."
The Charlie Daniels Band takes the main stage at the Jefferson County Fair at 9 p.m. Saturday. Co-headliner Kansas plays the main stage at 9 p.m. Friday.
Friday, July 22, 2005
The world may as well go ahead and face it. There is a contingent within the Muslim world, which is dedicated to nothing less than the total annihilation of every man woman and child on the face of the earth who does not see eye to eye with them.
They actually believe that if they die murdering women and children who are not of their faith they will be eternally rewarded in a male dominated heaven served by scores of young virgins forever and ever.
How anybody on earth can be gullible enough to believe that you get to heaven by being a mass murderer is beyond me but I guess that just goes to show how strong the radical Muslim clergy’s hold is on these unfortunate young people.
They’re not going to quit. There is no quit in these people. They are fanatics, and what we do other than totally destroy them is not going to make any difference.
It’s certainly not a situation that we want to find ourselves in but the reality of the situation is that’s exactly where we are and the only question is are we going to recognize the situation for what it is and fight it tooth and nail or are we going to pursue the primrose path of passivity and go down the drain one building and a few hundred lives at a time?
For too long the west has been content to sit back and watch Israel deal with the terrorism problem of the radical Islamists
practically by themselves.
Times have changed, it’s the planet earth at large which is in danger, and our way of life hangs in the balance.
What it boils down to is, it’s them or us."
Nashville, TN – The Charlie Daniels Band will be featured in a series of television spots promoting the Tennessee Titans NFL team for the 2005/2006 season. Daniels wrote the new ‘Titans On 2’ campaign jingle, which advertises Titans games aired on the Nashville ABC-TV affiliate, WKRN. The spots will air on the network, as well as on the Jumbotron at every Titans home game at the Coliseum.
“When I wrote my version of ‘Titans On 2’ I tried to get the excitement of what I feel when I go to a Titans game and the love I have for the Titans. I really care about them. I was sitting in the Georgia Dome when they were one yard short, and I have a lot of admiration for them. They’re a bunch of fine young men. It was a labor of love for me. I thoroughly enjoyed doing it,” say Daniels.
Daniels recently performed the pre-show at the 2005 Super Bowl with Gretchen Wilson. Daniels has performed the national anthem at Titans home games during past seasons.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
My collar's blue
My neck is red
I got great big ears
On the side of my head
Got a stripped down Harley
That's bad to the bone
And I can do the boogie woogie till the cows come home.
'It's an extremely energetic show,' said lead singer Trenna Barnes. 'It's a combination of Charlie Daniels, Emmylou Harris with a little bit of Aerosmith mixed in.'
Unlike other so-called bands, this group of ladies sing and play instruments and play them well. Before forming the band two years ago, they had each established themselves as outstanding performers.
They were pretty sure they had something special in the way of a band when a representative of Curb Asylum Records came to hear them perform in a member's garage and were offered a contract before the band even had a name, Barnes said.
The performers the individual members have worked with reads like a who's who of country music. They have performed with or opened for Charlie Daniels (the groups favorite), George Jones, Alabama, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Martina McBride, Leanne Womack, Confederate Road, Pam Tillis, Lonestar, Little Jimmy Dickens, Ray Price, George Jones, Allison Krauss and many more. "
These chicks managed to get Charlie Daniels mentioned four times on the front page of a newspaper in Kansas, and that should be advertisement for them enough. They say the CDB is their favorite band, too, so they must be good. At least we know they have good taste. If you're in Kansas, make the show!
LeDoux and his band, the Western Underground, were popular around the rodeo circuit and performed nationally with Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi, Toby Keith and Charlie Daniels, among others. Daniels said he treasures the gift of a bronze sculpture hand-crafted by LeDoux.
On July 30, the governor of Wyoming will declare Chris LeDoux Day during the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration.
Even cowboys like a little rock-n-roll heaven.
'Now, nobody comes at night either,' he said.
Usually the stand requires four people to operate, Archer said, leaning back on his stool and chewing on a plastic fork while he waited for customers. Now he and one co-worker are more than enough."
See my review of the Salano County Fair show with the CDB here!
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
John the Baptist washed the Lord and there's where it all starts
Cause Jesus left the Jordan and the devil hit Him hard
And if He wins we get to walk on Heaven's streets of gold
But if He sins, the devil gets your soul
They have done a ton of parodies of pop songs with a Christian slant. They're very talented -- check out the rip off of Crazy Train about how Ozzy needs saved called, yep, Lazy Brain. One line:
There was a cola war and Ozzy succumbed
He’ll sell Mr. Bubble when MTV’s done
At the end of that song, a barely audible "I'm the Prince of Bubbles. Sharrrrron!"
This just in: Only Liberals (and rapists, sorry Kobe) in America Like Soccer. CD is none of the above.
You can picture John Kerry in a soccer shirt, not George W. Bush. The Dixie Chicks, not Charlie Daniels. Paul DePodesta, not Bill Stoneman. Kobe, not Shaq."
Other guests: Charlie Daniels, Larry the Cable Guy, Hank Williams Jr. and MuzikMafia buddies Big & Rich, Two-Foot Fred and Fred's brother, Toby."
Friday, July 15, 2005
More on Charlie's deal with Cracker Barrel.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Keep this link handy if you like Charlie. It's practically a CDB newsfeed.
The Daniels album, which does not yet have a title or release date, will feature patriotic music and versions of some of the artist's best known songs, including 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' and 'In America.'"
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Firefly hosts the largest crowd so far this year
By TOM CONWAY
SOUTH BEND -- St. Patrick's County Park is a few miles south of the Michigan state line, but when the Charlie Daniels Band took the stage Saturday night, it might as well have been hundreds of miles farther south.
The band, playing to the largest crowd of the Firefly Festival so far this year, evoked the true spirit of Southern rock, making the enthusiastic audience feel like they were all Southerners for this one night.
The Charlie Daniels Band members were pioneers -- along with the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band -- of Southern rock, effortlessly mixing country and rock without denying the roots of either.
Daniels and his band have come to symbolize the South in American popular culture, giving a voice to the average red-white-and-blue-blooded American."
Standing on the band stage between acts at the Firefly Festival on Saturday night, Todd, 28, popped the question.
Right before the Charlie Daniels Band took the stage Todd surprised his girlfriend of 8 months, Amber Bellew, 24, of Benton Harbor, by asking her to be his wife."
Friday, July 08, 2005
SouthBendTribune.com: Band, Daniels set to 'cook': "Band, Daniels set to 'cook'
Concert to mix classics, bluegrass
By TOM CONWAY
Charlie Daniels, who recently released his first bluegrass album, performs at the Firefly Festival on Saturday.
The Charlie Daniels Band is best known for the country and pop chart-topping hit 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia.' Released in 1979, the song became an international phenomenon with triple platinum sales and gave Daniels his first Grammy Award, for best country vocal.
So how does Daniels find the inspiration and motivation to play his most popular song over a quarter of a century later?
'I get a chance to play it better tonight than I did last night, and better tomorrow night than I did tonight,' he jokingly explained in a recent telephone interview. 'I haven't played it perfect yet.'
Whether he has perfected the song by the time he performs at the Firefly Festival on Saturday may be in doubt, but Daniels promises an energetic show nonetheless, mixing classics such as 'Uneasy Rider,' 'Long-Haired Country Boy' and 'The South's Gonna Do It (Again)' with tunes from his latest album, 'Songs From the Longleaf Pines.'
'I don't want to sound like I'm bragging, but we cook,' Daniels said. 'I probably have the best band I have ever had. They are all really good, hot musicians. We thoroughly enjoy playing together.'
'Songs From the Longleaf Pines,' considered by many critics to be his strongest release in recent years, is surprisingly the premier fiddler's first bluegrass album. Daniels has enlisted the talents of legendary bluegrass stalwarts (Earl Scruggs, Mac Wiseman) and musicians from the new generation of bluegrass (Nickel Creek's Chris Thile, the GrooveGrass Boyz) to help with this collection of gospel standards, such as 'Working on a Building,' 'Softly and Tenderly' and 'Keep on the Sunny Side.'
"I cut my teeth on bluegrass," Daniels said. "In fact, the first serious band I was in was a bluegrass band. When the opportunity came up to do this album, it just seemed like the most natural thing in the world. It was kind of like going to have Sunday dinner with a bunch of old friends."
Working with the 81-year-old Scruggs on the album was a career highlight for Daniels, but it was not his first time playing with the bluegrass banjoist. That came with the Earl Scruggs Revue in the late 1960s.
"Earl is amazing," Daniels said. "We did this thing of introducing the album to the music community of Nashville. We had Earl come down, and we did 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown,' and people just wouldn't stop applauding. He is an amazing man."
In recent years, Daniels has become as well known for his political beliefs as he is for his music, but unlike many celebrities, he acts on those beliefs rather than just talking about them. Recently, he performed for the American troops deployed in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq and Germany.
"It was a life-changing experience," Daniels said. "The morale is good, but our troops are confused as to why all of the bad things are so magnified, and why the good things that are going on are played down in the major media. They don't think this country is getting a fair account of what is going on. I don't either, really. It is the future of our country. The stakes are a little higher than they are reporting the Michael Jackson debacle."
Daniels said that he has issued a public challenge to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and others to go with him to Iraq before they make any decisions about the war in Iraq.
"Our senators and congressmen, the people who handle the fates of our armed forces, should all go to Iraq," he said. "I don't mean to go and visit the diplomats. I am talking about getting out amongst the troops. You got these kids over there fighting, and you don't speak to any of them. You don't ask how they are doing. That is my impression of what is going on."
Daniels, an American music icon for more than 40 years, has the opportunity to reach a whole new generation of fans with the release of the "VeggieTales: Minnesota Cuke & The Search For Samson's Hairbrush" DVD on June 25. He co-wrote and performed the theme song for the latest installment of the popular children's animated series.
"I am still in the dark as to exactly what it is," Daniels admitted. "I don't travel in those circles. One good thing that I like about it is that it is a good Christian-based company. I am impressed with that. I had heard of it, but I didn't have any idea what it was. I had to ask some experts. You know, some people with kids."
How the "Minnesota Cuke" theme song will stand with his catalog of hits has yet to be determined, but chances are that if Daniels is still performing the song 25 years from now, he won't be satisfied until he has played it perfectly.