Friday, December 16, 2005

CHARLIE DANIELS REACTS TO GRAMMY NOMINATION, TN – Today, Charlie Daniels received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance; I’ll Fly Away – a track from Songs From The Longleaf Pines [Blue Hat Records / Koch Records Nashville]. This marks the first GRAMMY nomination for Blue Hat Records, the independent label co-owned by Daniels and his long-time manager David Corlew.

“I'm very pleased, surprised and thankful,” says Charlie Daniels on the news of receiving a Grammy nomination for “I’ll Fly Away.”

'I am excited for Charlie, Blue Hat Records and everyone that played on the song. It's great to be part of an organization like NARAS that allows Blue Hat Records, an independent label, to be recognized along with the majors,' says David Corlew."

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Charlie Daniels gets guitars to troops

Charlie Daniels gets guitars to troops: "Charlie Daniels gets guitars to troops

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A project sparked by North Carolina-bred singer Charlie Daniels has collected thousands of dollars in donated musical instruments for troops in Iraq.

Daniels donated one of his own instruments to 'Operation Heartstrings' earlier this year when he learned that soldiers didn't have guitars for church services. He asked guitar manufacturers to do the same.

'We never envisioned this much stuff. I'm overwhelmed by the support out there for the troops,' said Daniels. He said 'only one company that will remain nameless turned us down.'

Gibson Guitar, one of the nation's top instrument makers, surprised the Wilmington native by offering 100 guitars worth $35,000 US and thousands of dollars worth of accessories.

'We're talking about guys over there who are representing us and putting life on the line,' co-owner Henry Juszkiewicz said.

Daniels, 69, and his band learned of the need while touring the Middle East doing shows for soldiers.

'We found that many of them played musical instruments of one kind or another and they wanted to sit in with the band. But they didn't have enough instruments to go around," he said.

Daniels' platinum single The Devil Went Down to Georgia topped both country and pop charts and won a Grammy.

WorldNetDaily: A Charlie Daniels Thanksgiving

WorldNetDaily: A Charlie Daniels Thanksgiving:
In my house, we have a great tradition on Thanksgiving: We go around the table, and each person in my family explains what they're most thankful for. It's always meaningful and often hilarious (when the second of my three younger sisters was about 5, for example, she responded, "I am thankful for my lips"). That's what Thanksgiving is about: sharing time with family and giving thanks to God for all of our blessings.

This year, it's difficult to feel especially thankful. Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and Mississippi; the war in Iraq continues; the threat of terrorism remains real. But perhaps that's the challenge of Thanksgiving – remembering, even in the face of tragedy and hardship, that there is so much to be grateful for.

So here is what I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving: I am thankful to God that I live in a country of patriots with true American values. And I am thankful that God continues to guard us. I have faith that He will continue to guard and keep us as long as we strive to bring Godliness to our own lives and to the lives of others.

That cosmic mission – to spread American values across the globe in order to protect American values at home – is difficult, rife with pain and sacrifice. At the same time that we thank God for his beneficence, we must thank those fighting every day to secure the blessings God has granted us. To that end, I spoke last week with Charlie Daniels, the founder of the fantastic Charlie Daniels Band. Daniels is heading up Operation Heartstrings, a "plea to corporate America to help the dedicated men and women serving in the Armed Forces overseas ... by providing instruments, albums, DVDs, CD and DVD players," according to Daniels' website.

Daniels is a uniquely American figure – his America is the America for which I am thankful. Daniels, whose new album, "Songs from the Longleaf Pines," is an uplifting mix of country, bluegrass, gospel and psalm-reading, described his vision of patriotism thus:

This country was founded on a Judeo-Christian principle – it makes no difference what the ACLU says about it. Why would we deny our Judeo-Christian heritage? Why, after 200 years of prosperity and blessing, would we turn our back on the Almighty? Patriotism is about doing what's best for the country – and the best thing for this country is to get back to God again. That's what's going to have to happen in this country if we're going to stay who we are and keep our place in the world.

For this uncompromising vision of America, Daniels has taken a huge amount of flak. But he doesn't back down in the face of adversity. "If I'm the last man standing, and I believe in something, I'm going to say what I want. I get criticism for the way I feel – some people in the press don't like it, but too darn bad. I can't live with lying," he told me. "You should stick by your own guns." Backbone. That's what America is all about. Standing alone is not a crime, as long as you're standing on the side of the right.

This is a kind of muscular Americanism the moral-relativist left cannot stand, and Daniels knows it. But he isn't going to worry about being called a hick or a rube. "The people who think like that are ignorant," Daniels explained.

I'm a redneck, and I'm proud of it. I like guns, hunting, fishing, football, NASCAR, riding horses. I don't care a thing about sophistication. I'm totally politically incorrect and I don't care who knows it ... And I think Americans, as they get older, come around to this way of thinking. People get out in the world, have to get a job, and they find out that the problems people are dealing with are everyday problems ... When you're young, and the world's not affecting you, it's very easy to be liberal in thought. When it all falls on your shoulders, your thought turns around. And that's purely American.

Some surely believe that Daniels' America is passe, a relic of the past. Some surely believe that Daniels' music, religious and authentically American, reflects an unwashed backwardness. I believe that Daniels' America is alive and thriving. And, like Daniels, I thank God – and the men and women standing in harm's way – that it is.

Ben Shapiro, who wrote this piece for world net daily, is 21.