Friday, August 11, 2006

Fresh off trip to Iraq, Charlie Daniels rides into San Mateo -

Fresh off trip to Iraq, Charlie Daniels rides into San Mateo -
David Smith, The Examiner

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Charlie Daniels, a man famous for telling the story “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has a story not many can tell — about being shot at while in a helicopter over Baghdad.

“I just had great peace,” the 69-year-old country music legend said of his experience over Baghdad in 2005, which didn’t deter him from returning in 2006. In all, he visited Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Iraq and Kuwait.

The Charlie Daniels Band is set to play Sunday at the San Mateo County Fair.

“We’re really excited to have Charlie back,” Geoff Hinds, the fair’s manager, said. “He’s always done really well for us.”

From San Mateo, the band heads on to Irving, Texas, and then to Sturgis, Miss., for the Sturgis South Bike Rally.

Daniels called the soldiers in Iraq “the finest bunch of kids in the world.” Twenty-one-year-old Army Spc. Christopher Rose of San Francisco and 19-year-old Pfc. Angelo Zawaydeh of San Bruno were killed in Iraq this past year.

“They’re volunteers. They’re just great kids,” Daniels said. “They have such a sense of beauty, such a sense of what they’re there for.”

Patriotism and the yeoman attitude often attributed to the South is pervasive in Daniels’ songs, the classics of which audience members are likely to hear at the fair.

Daniels said one his pet peeves was going to see a band play a medley of its hits and then try and sell a new album by playing its new songs.

“I want ’em to dance to the songs that brought ’em,” he said.

That includes “The South’s Gonna Do It (Again),” “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag” and “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye.”

Daniels is no stranger to the Bay Area, having come through the region in the 1970s, producing such acts as The Youngbloods and Jerry Corbit.

He described the Bay Area as much like Louisiana because it “feels like a different country” out here.

I'm going! -- Matt

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Charlie Daniels Helps Raise Over 7 Million Dollars For Military Scholarships

Hank William's Jr, Lee Greenwood & Charlie Daniels Help Raise Over 7 Million Dollars For Military Scholarships:

Nashville, TN ( -– Country music's biggest patriotic supporters Hank Williams Jr., Lee Greenwood, and Charlie Daniels joined nationally syndicated radio talk show host Sean Hannity to support The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. Benefit concerts took place in San Diego, CA and Jackson, NJ, where Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Greenwood performed at both events, Charlie Daniels performed in San Diego, and Sara Evans performed in New Jersey to help raise money for the cause.

'You are a Great American Hank Williams Jr.!' says Sean Hannity during his radio broadcast while interviewing Hank Jr on August 2nd. 'With your help and you doing these concerts we were able to raise over 7 million dollars. I can't thank you enough.'

'I am a huge supporter of our military,' says Hank Jr. 'I get emails on a daily basis from soldiers and I read them all personally. I even answer many of them or send a care package of t-shirts. It is all about lifting their spirits and letting them know we care.'

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors the bravery and dedication exhibited by providing educational scholarships to their children."

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Have Yourself A Bootsy Daniels Christmas

First Bootsy Collins said that Charlie brangs the funk, and now the two are teaming up.

Collins is recording a Christmas album and Charlie will be a guest. Another guest is Snoop Dogg, who will be singing the perennial favorite, "Oh Holy Night."

Just kidden, but Snoopy Doggy will be there. See, it's less than six degrees to anyone from Charlie.

More from the web:

Hot on the heels of WYNONNA JUDD's Christmas album announcement yesterday (01AUG06), funk legend BOOTSY COLLINS is planning a festive collection of tunes. The colourful guitarist will be joined by rapper SNOOP DOGG, fiddler CHARLIE DANIELS and fellow funk stars like FRED WESLEY and BOBBY BYRD on his first holiday album CHRISTMAS IS 4-EVER. The album will feature four Collins originals plus renditions of Christmas classics like THE CHRISTMAS SONG and THIS CHRISTMAS.

Original Story:

Charlie Daniels Band And Friends Celebrate The Holidays With Christmas For Kids

Charlie Daniels Band And Friends Celebrate The Holidays With Christmas For Kids (

Nashville, TN ( - Charlie Daniels and friends Craig Morgan and Sawyer Brown will offer their time and talents to perform at the 10th Annual Christmas For Kids Benefit Concert Monday, November 20th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN beginning at 7:00 PM. The charity event raises money for the Christmas For Kids organization. Tickets to the event are available by visiting, and more incredible names will be added to the special evening's lineup as the event approaches.

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 at the Hendersonville Wal*Mart from 5:00 – 9:00PM. The date for the Tour Bus Tour will be Monday, December 18th.

The money raised at both events, the concert and Tour Bus Tour, is used to escort children from 25 different schools for a day-long excursion. The day 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.
All proceeds from the Tour Bus Show and the Charlie Daniels Band & Friends Benefit Concert (sponsored in part by 95.5 The Wolf)—November 20th – 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 20 / 7:00PM / Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, TN

Tickets are available by visiting, TicketMaster, or by calling (615) 255-9600. Golden circle VIP tickets available October 1st by calling (615) 453-2434 or e-mailing

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Soldier who survived bomb attack receives lifetime backstage passes to CDB. Oh yeah, and a Purple Heart

Soldier who survived bomb attack receives Purple Heart: Sgt. Kevin Downs, who received a Purple Heart Saturday, lost part of both legs and suffered second- and third-degree burns.

Following with other awards were Cheatham County Mayor Bill Orange and Kingston Springs Mayor Gary Corlew.

David Corlew, the mayor's brother and manager of country music singer Charlie Daniels, delivered a letter Daniels wrote to Downs, who also got free backstage passes to any Charlie Daniels performance for the rest of his life.

The Purple Heart is awarded to any armed forces member who, while serving, is wounded or killed by enemy combatants.

Downs also received the Combat Action Badge, which recognizes soldiers who personally engaged the enemy, or are engaged by the enemy during combat operations, said Randy D. Harris, spokesman for the Tennessee Military Department.