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

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