Thursday, September 29, 2005

What do Bill Elliott, Charlie Brown, Charlie Daniels, Lisa Marie Presley and Martin Truex Jr. have in common? What do Bill Elliott, Charlie Brown, Charlie Daniels, Lisa Marie Presley and Martin Truex Jr. have in common?

Only one thing - NASCAR in Memphis.

[This is from a press release. I would have said "they all sound like men" which is funny if you've heard the princess sing. -Ed.]

NASCAR champion Bill Elliott will be here in a rare Busch race appearance, this time with Charlie Brown on the hood of his # 6 car.

Martin Truex Jr. will be back to defend his Memphis title in the # 8, and a strong finish could also clinch his defense of his Busch Series championship. Of course, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson, Kerry Earnhardt and a host of other top-flight challengers may have something to say about that.

Memphis's own Lisa Marie Presley has been bitten by the NASCAR bug and is coming home as race Grand Marshal to help them "start those engines."

And last but not least, just in case all of that and 250 laps isn't enough, The Charlie Daniels Band headlines the big post-race party and concert as soon as the smoke clears from victory lane and the fireworks.

"With a lineup like that, we're fast approaching a sell-out," said Jason Rittenberry, Memphis Motorsports Park Vice President and General Manager.

The race week schedule also includes Fanfest and a driver autograph session on Thursday night at Sam's Town Tunica, two practice sessions at the track on Friday afternoon, and qualifying on Saturday morning at 10:35 a.m. The race will take the green flag following the "command" by Lisa Marie Presley at 2:30 p.m.

Race-day tickets are $15-$52. For more information or to order tickets, call toll-free 1-866-40-SPEED or visit

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Charlie talks about a new trip to Iraq in 4-06, and about his Biography

The best that's ever been: "There's an element of sameness between writing music and writing fiction. Except with fiction, you have more time to get your thought out and you don't have to rhyme."

"I got a high school diploma - thank God. I was lucky to get that. I've never taken any writing classes. I just sit down and start writing, and try to make it as interesting and informative as I can... I tend to enjoy it. Though, if it comes to my druthers, I'd rather write music."

On his biography:
"I've been working on my bio for several years now. But it's slow-sloggin'... After all, I'm still livin' this thing... I think it's important to be concise... No one cares what I had for dinner July 14."

On trips to visit the military:

"We started out a long time ago, entertaining the troops. I’ve been to Korea three times. We’ve been to Cuba. To Kosovo. Wherever the troops are, that’s where we go. I’m a very huge supporter of the military... I hope to go over next April if we can. They’re the greatest bunch of kids I’ve ever been around."

Friday, September 09, 2005

Charlie Daniels named BMI Icon

Charlie Daniels named BMI Icon: By Phyllis Stark Sep 8, 2005, 21:11 GMT

NASHVILLE - Grammy-winning artist Charlie Daniels will be honored as the recipient of a BMI Icon award at the performing rights organization`s 53rd annual Country Awards, set for Oct. 18 in Nashville. Daniels is being saluted for what BMI calls his 'enduring influence on generations of music makers.'
Among the BMI Award-winning songs in Daniels` catalog are 'The South`s Gonna Do It Again,' 'Wichita Jail,' 'Mississippi,' 'Drinkin` My Baby Goodbye,' 'In America' and 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia.' The latter two songs earned Daniels BMI awards in both the country and pop fields.
Previous BMI Icon winners include Loretta Lynn, Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes, Al Green and Van Morrison. "

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Officials ponder delaying Mississippi State Fair

Officials ponder delaying Mississippi State Fair - The Clarion-Ledger: "Officials with the Mississippi State Fair are discussing whether to go forward with this year's event, scheduled to open Oct. 5 with a performance by the Charlie Daniels Band.

The fair is scheduled to run at the Fairgrounds, Coliseum, Trade Mart and Livestock Expo Center through Oct. 16.

But because of Hurricane Katrina, the Coliseum has become a shelter for evacuees, and the Trade Mart has been used as a staging area for relief efforts."

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Charlie Daniels fiddles up a storm for fairgoers

Charlie Daniels fiddles up a storm for fairgoers:
Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Charlie Daniels loomed over the state fair's Chevrolet Court with a huge country rock presence Monday afternoon.

Big white beard. Big tan cowboy hat. Big brassy belt buckle.

And as always, the 68-year-old bigger-than-life fiddler, guitarist and singer was a huge hit with the overflow crowd on the last day of this year's fair.

Five other things

  • Equal time: Daniels still soars on both of his chosen instruments. He made fans happy with his guitar work on 'El Toreador' and 'Long-Haired Country Boy' and had them screaming for his fiddle play on 'Orange Blossom Special' and 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia.'
  • New stuff: Now 32 years after his first hit, 'Uneasy Rider,' Daniels is still making new albums. One will come out next year, he announced. There's no title yet, but the song 'Florita Road' sizzled with Daniels' Latin guitar feel and let the band jam, too.
  • Daniels' view: The Charlie Daniels Band played six shows recently in Iraq, the band's leader announced. He came away with this impression: 'You're not going to see it in the newspaper or see it on the news, but I'll tell you, we're winning the war in Iraq.'
  • View part two: The worst sinners in the world are child molesters, Daniels said, and the only terrorist he wants to see 'is a dead terrorist.'
Trains and cars:
  • Daniels covered the world of trains with 'Orange Blossom Special.' He got into NASCAR with 'Gentlemen, Start Your Engines,' featuring lyrics about 'No. 3' and 'The Intimidator,' the late Dale Earnhardt.

- Staff writer Mark Bialczak

Lancaster Fair Called A Success - Thanks to Charlie

Lancaster Fair Called A Success: "'We had dandy rides and great acts, especially Charlie Daniels,' he said.


Throughout the weekend, the appearance of the Charlie Daniels Band was the talk of the fair, even two days after his show. Both his shows on Saturday were packed, as were the ever-popular demolition derbies on Monday, which are traditionally the last scheduled events of the fair."

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Speedway fan to meet music legend

Northern Kentucky: "Kentucky Speedway fans can enter a drawing to be named the honorary starter of the Charlie Daniels Band Fall Classic Sept. 10. During pre-race ceremonies the winner will greet music star Charlie Daniels.

Fans can download an entry form at, or mail a printed postcard with name, address, phone number, and e-mail address to: Fall Classic Honorary Starter, Kentucky Speedway, 2216 Dixie Hwy., Suite 200, Fort Mitchell, Ky., 41017. Entries must be received by Tuesday.

Daniels and his band will take the stage at 6 p.m. and he will sing the national anthem and serve as the race's grand marshal at 7:30 p.m."

Friday, September 02, 2005

Columbia County Fair off and running, Charlie Daniels on tap

Columbia County Fair off and running, Charlie Daniels on tap Columbia Coutny, MA: "Super-Star Sunday is Charlie Daniels Day this year, playing his own brand of R&B, country, rock and bluegrass. The multi-Grammy Award-winner brings his high octane performance for two great Main Stage shows, at and 3 and 8:30 p.m. Fair-goers should plan on arriving early. Free shuttle buses will provide transport from off-grounds parking when the on-grounds parking is full. "

Every fiddle contest has a little bit of Charlie in it

TO DO WITH A FRIEND: "I had my musical life-changing experience at Memphis' Beale Street Music Festival in May 2004. It was that day I saw the fiddle-playing master himself, Charlie Daniels. Boy, if the devil was down in Georgia, God was definitely in Tennessee that day.

I always liked the violin, but the fiddle was a new breed to me. With Daniels' fingers moving faster than any guitarists' I'd ever seen, the melodies moved quickly and the dancers even quicker.

On Labor Day, you have the chance to hear the next generation's fiddle masters -- and you don't have to drive seven hours to do it.

A fiddle contest is taking place that day, with prizes to be awarded to the top fiddlers. The youth contest starts at 11 a.m. and you'd better believe these kids can play. In the afternoon, the competition heats up with lifelong fiddlers going against each other, playing three pieces -- including a slow piece, a fast piece and a piece of their choice."

Charlie to set foot in Plymouth : "'I used to say, 'I'm not an outlaw; I'm an outcast,'' says the Grammy Award winning star. 'When it gets right down to the nitty gritty, I've just tried to be who I am. I've never followed trends or fads. I couldn't even if I tried. I can't be them; I can't be anybody but me.'
Charlie Daniels will definitely be himself when he makes his Plymouth Memorial Hall debut on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. For decades, he has steadfastly refused to label his music as anything other than 'CDB music,' music that is now sung around the fire at 4-H Club and scout camps, helped elect an American President, and been popularized on a variety of radio formats.
When you hear a classic Charlie Daniels Band performance like 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia,' you hear music that knows no clear genre. Is it a folk tale? A southern boogie? A country fiddle tune? An electric rock anthem? The answer is 'yes' to all of that and more. And the same goes for 'In America,' 'Uneasy Rider,' 'The South's Gonna Do It,' 'Long Haired Country Boy,' 'Still in Saigon,' 'The Legend of Wooley Swamp,' and the rest of a catalog that spans more than 35 years of record making and represents more than 18 million in sales."

Charlie Daniels Honored n The Outdoor Channel

Charlie Daniels Honored n The Outdoor Channel: "NASHVILLE, TN. (Webster PR) - Charlie Daniels, Blue Hat recording artist and music legend, will he featured on 'Circle of Honor' airing on The Outdoor Channel during the week of September 5th. The airtimes are Tuesday, September 6th @1:00pm and Saturday, September 10th @ 10:00pm EST.

Circle of Honor is a half-hour television show that is narrated by Tom Wopat. The show celebrates great men and women who have made a significant impact in the world of outdoors.

Charlie Daniels 'Circle of Honor' show includes interviews with Charlie, Jr. from the Charlie Daniels Museum in downtown Nashville, and Thurman Mullins, Twin Pines Ranch Foreman. Also included is a photo biography tribute of Daniels journey throughout his career.

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 ESPN's Cold Pizza, Fox News Channel's Fox Magazine, The Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, GAC's Fabulous Fourth of July Celebration, taped Emeril Live! for a November airing, and is scheduled for the CBS Early Show on November 19th. To date, Charlie has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide."