Monday, October 31, 2005

The Rocky Top Podcast and a Free Charlie Daniels mp3

The Rocky Top Podcast:

"Sun, 30 October 2005
Rocky Top Podcast 1. This week's guest is Mike
Ragsdale, the Mayor of Knox County and Charlie Daniels gives away his new single
to download free for 2 days!!!"

That's right, folks, you should be listening to Wichita Rutherford anyway, because he's precious and you'll just want to reach over there and pat his little head, but take a listen to his podcast. If you're not familiar with his show now's a good time to start. He's hosting a free download of a Charlie Daniels song you can play around the fireplace at Christmas this year, but only for two days. You'll have to bookmark his site now, and check back Thursday or Friday of this week, the 3rd and 4th of November. That's the only time it will be available.

To hear a clip of the song, you can go to iTunes, or do what you shoulda been doing all this time anyway, and listen to the Wichita Rutherford podcast.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Charlie Daniels & Friends celebrate Christmas For Kids Charlie Daniels & Friends celebrate Christmas For Kids

Charlie Daniels along with friends Lonestar, Phil Vassar, Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, and Amber Digby will offer their time and talents to perform at the 9th Annual Christmas For Kids Benefit Concert Monday, November 21st at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN beginning at 7:00 PM. The charity event raises money for the Christmas For Kids organization. Golden circle tickets to the event are available now by visiting, and general admission tickets will be available at beginning Monday, October 31st. Ticket prices range from $25.50 for general admission to $50 for golden circle seating.

“We are thrilled to have Charlie Daniels headlining our concert again this year, and we feel blessed to have all the other amazing artists supporting the children and our organization,” says spokeswoman Debbie Lamberson.

The Christmas For Kids Organization has been in existence for over twenty years providing special children the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season. Each year, the organization brings the spirit of Christmas to hundreds of children throughout Middle Tennessee allowing them to participate in festive activities organized specifically for them. Events such as the Tour Bus Tour raise money and allow folks to visit the home-away-from-homes of more than fifty stars and celebrities. The Tour Bus Tour will be held on Monday, December 12th at the Hendersonville Wal*Mart from 5:00 – 9:00PM.

The money raised at both events, the concert and Tour Bus Tour, is used to escort children from 30 different schools for a day-long excursion, and this year Christmas For Kids is proud to announce they will also assist Hurricane Katrina evacuees that have relocated to our schools. The day, set for Tuesday, December 13th, consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard a country music star’s luxury tour bus to a local Wal-Mart where they are accompanied by a volunteer to participate in their own Christmas shopping spree. On the return trip home, the children will participate in a Christmas carol sing-along. As an added bonus, Christmas For Kids has also purchased custom Titan starter jackets for each and every child.

All proceeds from the Tour Bus Show and the Charlie Daniels Band & Friends Benefit Concert (sponsored in part by 95.5 The Wolf, Sumner Regional Health Systems, Bob Parks Realty, and Wal*Mart)—November 21st--will be donated toward the children’s Christmas Shopping.

Listing Details:
Charlie Daniels Band and Friends Charity Concert
For the benefit of Christmas for Kids
Monday, November 21 / 7:00PM / Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, TN
General admission tickets are available beginning Oct. 31st by visiting Ticket Master, or by calling (615) 255-9600. Golden circle VIP tickets ($50 tickets) are still available by calling Carla Payne at (615) 452-1533 or by visiting

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Daniels has sold over 18 million albums in his career, worked on albums with Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Marty Robbins, and The Youngbloods before forming the Charlie Daniels Band in 1970. Daniels' annual contribution to the Christmas For Kids Organization has served as a model for many of today's artists as an example of the importance of giving back to the community.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Where are you from?

Frappr!: Check this link out and add your zip code and see where other fans of the CDB live. I expect one in Vienna, Austria, soon (that means you, George)!

This is a tweak of the google maps...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

More info about the BMI Icon award Charlie Daniels recieved

Top 40 charts webite: The evening culminated in the Icon tribute to Charlie Daniels, which featured a musical salute by country artists Travis Tritt and Montgomery Gentry. With a career that spans nearly four decades, Daniels has connected with millions of fans around the world with his mix of rock, country, bluegrass, blues and gospel. Songs like "Uneasy Rider," "In America," "Long Haired Country Boy," "The South's Gonna Do It Again," "Wichita Jail," and the Southern rock classic "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," are a part of the American musical landscape. His legendary Charlie Daniels Band, twice named the ACM's Touring Band of the Year, logged more than a million miles on the road, traveling in a convoy of buses and gleaming black tractor-trailer rigs that stopped traffic from coast to coast.

Among Daniels' numerous accolades are multiple BMI Pop and Country Awards, a Grammy, three CMA's, a Dove Award, the ACM Pioneer Award, and several Gold and Platinum albums totaling more than 18 million in sales. His signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," simultaneously topped the country and pop charts and has amassed more than three million broadcast performances since its release in 1979. In addition to his own successful career, Daniels contributed to recording sessions for a diverse array of artists including Bob Dylan, Al Kooper, Flatt & Scruggs, Ringo Starr and Marty Robbins.

Charlie talks about the band, new DVD and turning 69.

: "'We write our own material and it's a challenge to write new songs,' he explained. 'It's a challenge to stay on top of things, to stay current ... to stay where you're able to play to a high quality.
'But we're getting out and traveling and getting the job done. We're staying interested in it. And I love it - I just love it. I dearly love it.'
Daniels loves it so much that he and the band traveled to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq and Germany in April. They traveled more than 16,000 miles and performed up to three shows per day for American troops deployed in the war on terrorism.
'We would do a concert, and they would put tables in front of the stage and we would sign autographs for however many people were there (after the concert),' Daniels said. 'It was an eye-opening, wonderful experience. It's just, I mean, hard to articulate. I've never been in an active war zone before. I was constantly aware of that.
'I was constantly aware of 19- to 23-year-old, fresh-faced kids that had chosen to go into military service to serve their country. That was pretty doggone impressive to think about and understand. Nobody forces them to do it - they do it because they want to. I feel so close to these kids. When you leave, they want to talk with you. They're the greatest bunch of kids in the world. They're the finest America has to offer.'
Back state-side now, Daniels can't think of group he'd rather work with than The Charlie Daniels Band.

"I'm just so hung up with the band," he said. "I'd rather get onstage with them than any other people, than any other band. There's nobody else I'd rather play with. Actually, to get onstage with these guys is an honor and a privilege to me."

Daniels was honored Tuesday as a "BMI Icon" at the performing rights organization's 53rd annual Country Awards. On Nov. 8, Blue Hat/Koch Records will release a Charlie Daniels DVD, which will be the first-ever live concert DVD by The Charlie Daniels Band.

Thursday, Daniels said, will be a good time for those who go to see the concert. "We're a highly professional, entertaining band. We're very much into what we do. We enjoy what we do. I'm firmly convinced we're going to entertain you."

And if you think about it, at the end of the show, wish him an early happy birthday. Daniels will be 69 Friday.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Releases Exclusive Charlie Daniels Band CD of Patriotic Songs

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store(R) Releases Exclusive Charlie Daniels Band CD of Patriotic Songs: "1,000 CDs being donated to American troops stationed overseas

LEBANON, Tenn., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Cracker Barrel has added another exclusive CD to its growing collection of specialty music. Beginning today, fans of the legendary Charlie
Daniels Band can purchase and enjoy Country Stars N' Stripes, a collection of the band's patriotic favorites and other well-known songs including 'In America' and 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia.' Retailing for $11.99, the exclusive CD is being sold in all 537 Cracker Barrel locations and online at"

The CD includes the following songs:

Star Spangled Banner
In America
This Ain’t No Rag, It’s A Flag
The Intimidator
God Bless The Mother
My Beautiful America
How Great Thou Art
Little Folks
Last Fallen Hero
America, I Believe In You
The South’s Gonna Do It (Again)
The Devil Went Down To Georgia

The CD is a compilation of tunes released on a few previous albums like Fiddle Fire. You still gotta have it, though! Get it here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Charlie Daniels honored at BMI ceremonies

Charlie Daniels honored at BMI ceremonies: "Charlie Daniels honored at BMI ceremonies


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Charlie Daniels, best know for his fiery fiddle tune, 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia,' won the BMI Icon award Tuesday for his contributions to country music.

BMI's 2005 Country Awards were held at its offices on Music Row and featured performances by Travis Tritt and Montgomery Gentry in tribute to Daniels.

In a career dating to the 1970s, Daniels has had several gold and platinum records that have sold more than 18 million copies. His songs include 'Uneasy Rider,' 'Long Haired Country Boy' and 'The South's Gonna Do It Again.'"

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Charlie Daniels Set to Perform At American Freedom Festival In New York City On Veterans Day

Charlie Daniels Set to Perform At American Freedom Festival In New York City On Veterans Day:
Nashville, TN. - Charlie Daniels, music icon, will be joining country music artists Darryl Worley, Mark Wills, and Keni Thomas along with WWE Raw Superstar John Cena, WWE Smackdown Superstar JBL, classical artist Michael Amante, JAG TV star Karri Turner, and radio talk show host Al Franken in a concert event organized by the American Freedom Foundation on Friday, November 11th, in the Historic Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The concert begins at 8 pm (EST).

Charlie's partnership with Prilosec OTC for the 'Burning to Sing Your Heart Out' contest, will award a lucky songwriter the chance to perform with him at the American Freedom Festival. Songwriters were asked to write a song about how they overcame their most 'heartburning' experience. 'The concert will be an incredible evening of performances in honor of our country's servicemen and women at this historical New York City venue. It just doesn't get any better than that,' said Daniels.

Daniels will be visible on the television screen all week kicking off with a performance on Emeril Live on November 5th in a special episode of 'Gotta Have Garlic,' the rounds will continue with a special stop at the Fox News Channel studios to appear on Fox & Friends on November 10th and later that evening will visit on-set with MSNBC's Rita Cosby. Charlie will make one-last stop at Fox to appear on Dayside with Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy on Friday, November 11th.

The American Freedom Festival is a sanctioned event of the Country Music Association's marketing and promotional campaign, 'Country Takes New York City,' surrounding the CMA Awards show on November 15th on CBS.
The American Freedom Festival will raise money and awareness for the veterans of America's armed forces and their families whose lives have been affected by Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Charlie and Al Franken together on stage? That might make it worth the trip to Nueva Yorka! Al might spontaneously combust when confronted with truth. Original source here.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Who Will Burn Up The Stage With Charlie Daniels?

Who Will Burn Up The Stage With Charlie Daniels?: "Cast Your Vote for the Winner of the 'Burning to Sing Your Heart Out' Contest and You Too Could be a Winner CINCINNATI, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With the help of the American public, Prilosec OTC is giving one aspiring Country Music star the chance to sing on stage with the legendary Charlie Daniels at New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom. Earlier this fall, to help celebrate the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards coming to New York City for the first time, Prilosec OTC and the CMA kicked off the 'Burning to Sing Your Heart Out' contest, which invited Country Music fans to write 'heartburning' lyrics for the opportunity to live like a Country Music star for a weekend. Fans from all over the country responded and now it is up to the American public to decide whose heart burns most to sing with Charlie Daniels. A panel of judges including Country Music stars Charlie Daniels and Phil Vassar along with Allison Jones, Vice President A&R Universal Music Group, and others narrowed down the contestants to three finalists. From 12:01 a.m. (ET) on October 17 through 11:59 p.m. (ET) on October 21, 2005 consumers can cast their vote for their favorite performer by logging onto The three finalists are, Dallas Burnett of Spartanburg, SC, who wrote wrote and performed "Love Found Me," Melissa Bell Eberts of Fenton, MO, who wrote and performed "Little Bit of Country," and Tina Gordon of Daytona Beach, FL, who wrote and performed "Burning A Hole in My Heart. Each voter will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win an expense paid trip to the 2006 CMA Awards in Nashville, TN or a First Act acoustic guitar signed by Charlie Daniels and Phil Vassar."

The press release continues with a quote from CD, and instructions about how to enter the contest to win a trip to see the show. The only bummer: You have to go to New York City.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Daniels still full of the devil

Northwest Indiana News: "Daniels still full of the devil:
Country rock cowboy to get down in Mokena tonight

Times Correspondent

This story ran on on Friday, October 14, 2005 12:48 AM CDT

Two weeks from today, Charlie Daniels will turn 69 years old, but the country rock cowboy's enthusiasm for living and the energy level at which he still operates belies that fact.

With the exception of 1984 and 1986, Daniels has released at least one new album each year since his self-named debut LP hit retail racks back in 1971.

His latest being 'Songs From The Longleaf Pines.' a collection of Southern gospel bluegrass songs performed with special guests like Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites.

'I'm not sure what happened those years,' Daniels laughed in retrospect of the holes in his mid-'80s catalog. 'I guess I must've been on the road more those years.'

The road has been and remains a highlight of the big man's life.

'We do about 150 dates a year,' he says of his self-named, long-running Charlie Daniels Band. One of those dates for 2005 happens tonight at The Pearl Room in Mokena.

Next month, the CDB will issue their first live concert DVD. Aptly titled 'LIVE!' the show was shot on the Fourth of of July this summer on the Riverfront in Nashville before an audience of 100,000-plus."

This is a great article about Charlie - well written and full of information. Check out the full article!

Charlie Daniels to sing national anthem and concert at Sam’s Town 250 MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Blue Hat recording artist and music legend Charlie Daniels will sing the National Anthem during pre-race ceremonies Oct. 22 at the NASCAR Busch Series Sam’s Town 250. And a few hours later when the smoke clears from victory lane and the fireworks, he will pick up his fiddle with The Charlie Daniels Band and headline a post-race concert at Memphis Motorsports Park.

“Charlie Daniels, like NASCAR, is an American original. And like NASCAR, Charlie Daniels’ music brings people together. We are honored to be part of his seemingly endless coast-to-coast tour of this great country,” said Jason Rittenberry, Memphis Motorsports Park Vice President and General Manager.

“It’s purely American music with something for everyone,” Daniels said. “At least that’s what I've hoped for in my 40-plus years in music.”

The Devil Wins: High School Pulls The Devil Went Down to Georgia from Band's Half Time Show

Potomac News Online | Daniels: Song doesn't deal with Satan: A Georgia high school has pulled the Devil Went Down to Georgia from their halftime show because one man wrote a letter to the editor complaining that the song was about Satan.

Like a scene from Three's Company, the jist of the letter was that there would be no tolerance for a song about God in a public school, so there should be none for a song about Satan. The band leader, Mr. Furley, saw the letter, and pulled the song from the band's playlist. Rumor is that the band will be performing songs now with no spiritual overtones, such as "Oops I did it again," by Britany Spears and anything from the soulless Ashlee Simpson.

Daniels said he believes in hymns at school.

"If I had my way people would still be praying in school and we could sing 'Amazing Grace' or anything we wanted to," the forthcoming and congenial Daniels said.

"I think it's wrong not to be able to do that and I think it's a misinterpretation of the Constitution to take that away from children," he said.

He said he was proud the band played his song and said his heart went with the band because they couldn't play a song they'd worked to learn.

"If they took the time and the hours and everything to rehearse the song then I think it's a shame they have to pull it because of one letter," Daniels said.

Daniels stopped short of calling Brown's action censorship and was philosophical about the reaction to the song being scratched.

"I think it's a little overreacting myself," Daniels said.

"If I listened to criticisms of me and my music and my career and my songs, I'd still be down in North Carolina cropping tobacco," Daniels said.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

CDB and MTB - Southern Rock At The Ritz

Classic Southern Rock At The Ritz: "ELIZABETH — The Legendary Charlie Daniels Band, best known for their fiddle- duel, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” will take the stage at the historic Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, along with the Marshall Tucker Band whose hits include “Fire On The Mountain,” “Can’t You See,” and “Take The Highway.” The show is scheduled for Nov. 19 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available for $35 - $45 by calling the Ritz Theatre Box Office at (908) 352 -1919 or online through or by calling Ticketmaster at 201-507-8900.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

America Supports You: Charlie Daniels Wows Troops in Tribute

DefenseLINK News: Charlie Daniels, a rock-solid supporter of the U.S. military who's been entertaining troops around the world for some 35 years, dazzled a foot-stomping, hand-clapping crowd in a jam-packed ballroom at a reception hosted by U.S. Army Europe.

"'He went to the most difficult and dangerous places' in the U.S. Central Command area of operations and entertained deployed military members without accepting a penny for his services, Bell said of Daniels and his band during an interview with the American Forces Press Service.
'He gives of himself selflessly,' Bell said. 'He's got all the qualities of a great soldier.' "

"You should consider Charlie one of us," Army Brig. Gen. Russell Frutiger, USAREUR's deputy chief of staff for personnel, told the group.

Frutiger called Daniels "a relentless morale booster" who not only goes into harm's way to serenade the troops, but also launched "Operation Heartstrings" in partnership with Stars for Stripes to put musical instruments, recorded music, and DVD and CD players into the hands of deployed troops.

During the concert, retired Army Gen. Gordon Sullivan, former Army chief of staff and now president of AUSA, presented Daniels an award honoring his years of service to the military. "Thank you for what you have given to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines ... and the American people," Sullivan said.

While signing autographs, Daniels told the American Forces Press Service he remembers the day Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941 and has had a love affair with the military ever since.

"Everyone in uniform is a hero to me," he said. "I've felt that way since I was 5 years old, and nothing has ever changed."

In closing his concert, Daniels expressed his ongoing support and hinted that the Charlie Daniels Band will continue to visit troops when they're deployed.

"Thank you for what you're doing around the world," he said. "And wherever you happen to be, don't be surprised if we show up."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Charlie Daniels plays in Bangor for veterans 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' fiddler always on the road.

By Tom Coombe Of The Morning Call

Country-rocker Charlie Daniels didn't even need to go on stage to get the crowd in Bangor cheering for him.

All it took was a question from members of opening act CrazyHeart — ''Y'all ready to see Charlie Daniels?'' — for the roughly 1,000 people at Bangor Memorial Park Sunday night to whoop and applaud.

Then there was the other question, which got as much applause and cut straight to the reason why many in the audience had come to the stadium: ''How many of you are here to support the veterans?''

The question came from emcee Storme Warren, the host of a cable TV country music show, who said he had roamed the audience before the show, talking to fans.

''Everyone feels this night is long overdue for our troops,'' Warren said.

Sunday night's concert bore the title ''A Salute to America's Newest Veterans,'' a mix of military grandeur and country music, capped by a performance by Daniels, a fiddler famous for his 1979 hit ''The Devil Went Down to Georgia.''

Daniels, 69, has toured constantly since then — his schedule lists 20 more dates this year — and has become an outspoken supporter of America's military men and women. His Web site includes a series of commentaries that end with the message ''Pray For Our Troops.''

Dozens of those troops were in the audience, some of them waiting in the VIP line to meet Daniels, others sitting in the stands. Rick Baughman, a Gulf War veteran from Saylorsburg who recently retired from the Marines as a gunnery sergeant, had waited since 3:30 p.m. — 90 minutes before the gates opened — to get in.

Baughman compared Daniels to comedian Bob Hope, who performed for troops in 47 USO tours over nearly 50 years. In recent years, Daniels has performed for troops stationed in the Middle East and Central Asia.

''What he's doing is a huge morale boost,'' Baughman said. His wife Marilyn said she had come to support the veterans — proceeds from the show went to the Slate Belt Veterans Association, a local advocacy group — but also because she loves Daniels' work.

''He's a legend,'' she said. ''No matter how old the music gets, he still sounds new to me.''

The concert drew a mix of people: polo-shirt wearing dads, men in 10-gallon hats, punk rock teenagers. People in the neighborhood held little cookouts, listening to the music from the comfort of their backyards under a cloudless sky. Bangor Mayor Joe Capozzolo, president of the Veterans Association, said the group is already planning for next year, and tossing around names of possible performers.

''I'm a ZZ Top fan myself,'' he said.