Friday, November 18, 2005

Charlie Daniels Announces An Operation Close to His Heart!

Charlie Daniels Announces An Operation Close to His Heart!
Friday, November 18 2005 @ 09:37 AM EST

Charlie Daniels launches Operation Heartstrings, which is a plea to corporate America to help the dedicated men and women serving in the Armed Forces overseas combat the loneliness and isolation of service in the War on Terror by providing instruments, albums, DVDs, CD and DVD players.

Operation Heartstrings is designed to put musical instruments and other sources of portable entertainment into the hands of the men and women who serve our country in some of the most desolate parts of the world.

“On a recent trip to Southwest Asia to entertain our men and women in uniform,” said Charlie Daniels, “we found that many of them played musical instruments of one kind or another. But the amount of instruments available to them was extremely limited. We’re asking for your help.”

Charlie Daniels is partnering with Major General Gus Hargett of the Tennessee National Guard and the Tennessee Air Guard, Brigadier General Russell Frutiger at USAREUR (US Army Europe), and the G-1 division MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation). These partners are providing transportation from Nashville to all branches of the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Henry Juskiewicz of Gibson Guitar is leading the way in and 100 Operation Heartstrings t-shirts, while Gravely/Ariens have contributed the financial resources to get this program underway. Additional donations include Gorilla and Pignose Amps and Guitars, Black Diamond Strings, Peavey Amps, Forks Drum Closet, Gretsch Electric Guitars, keyboards from Soundcheck/Nashville, Rapco International Cords, Shure Microphones, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Ernie Ball Guitar Picks, laptop computers from Bridgestone/Firestone, CDs from Sony Nashville, DVDs and CDs from Anderson Merchandisers, and keyboards from SIR Nashville.

Tax deductible donations can be made through STARS FOR STRIPES at, a nonprofit corporation.

Ok...The title was a bit over the top but it came with the URL, so I figured what the heck.

Thursday, November 10, 2005


Just a quick reminder that the new Charlie Daniels DVD was released on Tuesday, November 8th. I'll check it out as soon as I can find a copy, and let you know how bad you're missing out.

You can get it now at Amazon:

Charlie Daniels Salutes Country Music and Veterans of War

Press Release: On Friday, November 11th at the historic Roseland Ballroom, the legendary Charlie Daniels will join together with athletes and dignitaries in a variety concert to raise money and awareness for the veterans of America's armed forces and their families.

Additionally, some guy who sang a song about heartburn will sing with Charlie on stage. No word yet if the heartburn was caused by the knowlege that Al Franken will appear at the same event.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Gretchen Wilson: Skoal Man

The Bulletin Online: "Other songs on the new record have Wilson’s trademark rockin’ country with titles straight outta Nashville: songs like “One Bud Wiser,” “Rebel Child,” “He Ain’t Even Cold Yet,” and “Skoal Ring”: “We were sitting there writing a song about tobacco, first of all, about Skoal, so I just loved it immediately because it sounded so Loretta. It sounded so old and real and to the point and country to the bone, you know? And of course, it should, like I said, we’re singing about Skoal. When we got to the second verse and we’re trying to figure out...we came up with ‘I’ve always been a Bandit Girl and he’s a Long Cut Man.”
“And we got stuck there for awhile, and I remember that for a few minutes we just sat there and tried to figure out what the next line was. I remember saying something about, ‘I’m Bandit Girl, he’s Long Cut Man, those are so...different. The idea is that we still get along even though we have different-colored cans. When I said that, John Rich almost fell out of his chair backwards. I said, ‘What's so funny about that?’ And he said, ‘Gretchen, that is so truly you to think that we could be so different because we chew different flavors of Skoal. That’s the most redneck thing I've ever heard in my life. But we’ve gotta use it because it’s true. That’s really the way you feel.”
Proving that she is indeed a “Redneck Woman,” Wilson cops to a not-so-secret vice: “Yes, I use Skoal. But I’m berry blend, pouches, so it’s not loose in my mouth. It’s more of a girly flavor, I guess. So I guess I can be feminine,” she says with a laugh. While Hank Jr. and Charlie Daniels appeared in the video for “All Jacked Up,” Wilson got help in the studio from another country legend -- Merle Haggard, who sings on a track called “Politically Uncorrect.”

Gretchen Wilson: Charlie Fan

The Bulletin Onlin: "She penned the title track, already a top 5 radio hit, with John Rich and Music Row songscribe Vicky McGehee. Meantime, Kid Rock and Hank Williams, Jr. -- both of whom made cameo appearances in 2004’s “Redneck Woman” video -- joins such luminaries as Charlie Daniels and Larry the Cable Guy in the new “All Jacked Up” video clip, showing locally on country cable channel GAC.
Wilson says the new song is “a cross between ZZ Top and the Charlie Daniels Band. It starts with the licks of ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ and ends with ‘The South's Gonna Do It Again.’ And then there’s some other stuff in the middle. It’s book-ended with Charlie licks...I’ve gotten to know him. We both live in Wilson County [TN]. The first day I met him he gave me a hug and said, ‘Welcome to Wilson County.’ He said, ‘I know everyone out there, I know all the good ones and all the bad ones. If you have any questions, call me…’”
“I don’t know how the fans will react to it. I hope they love it. I love it enough to make it the title track and make it the first single and video. I think it’s funny, and I think it is going to bring people exactly back to that. They’re going to think Charlie Daniels…and ZZ Top. They’re going to think good ol’ rockin’ American country music hopefully, and dig it. "

Friday, November 04, 2005

Bam! Charlie Daniels on Emeril Live Saturday. Show kicked up a notch : RockOnTV : Schedule

Charlie Daniels makes an appearance as the musical guest on the Emeril Live show on the Food Network Saturday, November 5th. The Episode is called Gotta Have Garlic.

About: Emeril Live: (EM0211) Gotta Have Garlic
Tonight Emeril celebrates his love for garlic, garlic, and MORE garlic! In the kitchen he shares his favorite garlic based recipes: Romaine Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing, Charlotte's Pan Roasted Garlic Soup, Grilled Swordfish with Potato Skoralia, Grilled Pork Chops and Garlic Jam. Musical guest Charlie Daniels. (11/05/2005)

November 05, 2005 8:00 PM ET/PT
November 06, 2005 12:00 AM ET/PT
November 09, 2005 8:00 PM ET/PT
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM ET/PT

Get the recipies here.