Tuesday, July 12, 2005

SouthBendTribune.com: Daniels brings the South to the Bend

SouthBendTribune.com: Daniels brings the South to the Bend: "Daniels brings the South to the Bend
Firefly hosts the largest crowd so far this year


Tribune Correspondent

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."

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