Monday, December 24, 2007

Daniels Family Christmas Traditions

Country Hound - Daniels Family Christmas Traditions: "Charlie Daniels really gets into Christmas, and so does his wife Hazel. The singer says she pulls out all the stops when it comes to decking the halls of their house.
Charlie says the main reason he loves Christmas is that it's a celebration of the birth of Jesus, noting that he's big on tradition. 'We have friends over Christmas Eve for supper, which is something we started doing 20 years ago. I just love the traditions we have established over the years.'
Charlie will become an important part of another tradition on Jan. 19, 2008, when he's formally inducted as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry."

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Salinas, California Show

Salinas, California Show
So I was fortunate enough to catch another CDB show, close to home for me this time. It was as usual, excellent and the band was in top form. The set list is posted here, and this is the actual set list that was gaff taped to the floor right where Charlie was playing.

Before the show started I saw Bruce Brown hanging out talking to the guy in charge of merchandise, and spoke to him for a few minutes. He said he had a chance to walk around Old Town Salinas and really enjoyed it. My friend Dan went with me and asked him how long he'd been with the band, and Bruce said 18 years. Wow. I guess he's not really the new guy anymore!

One of the things he mentioned was the set list, and that since they've sort of played the same show since the start of the year, they pretty much don't need it anymore. "I know the first three songs, and after that we just watch Charlie to see what's next." So the actual set list did vary from the one that was taped to the floor.

Here's what I have as the set list from tonight which is only slightly different from the one the band was working from.

  1. Drinking My Baby Goodbye
  2. South's Gonna Do It Again
  3. El Toreador
  4. Trudy
  5. Simple Man
  6. Scarlet Carnival (Taz's song)
  7. Wooley Swamp
  8. In America
  9. The Christmas Song
  10. Easy on the Eyes (Bruce's song)
  11. Floreada Road
  12. Long Haired Country Boy
  13. How Great Thou Art
  14. 1812 Overature (Chris' song)
  15. Rocky Top
  16. Star Spangled Banner
  17. The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Now one of the funny things that Charlie did was throw out a reference that I had to look up in Wikipedia to understand what the heck he was talking about. In the song In America you know he usually throws a little local sports reference in for the local team for the line in the original studio version said "You just go and lay your hand/On a Pittsburgh Steelers fan/And I think you're gonna finally understand."

It's all good when he references a different local football team, such as the Dallas Cowboys when he's playing in Dallas, or the 49ers when he's in San Francisco. This time around, instead of the Pittsburg reference, he said, "Rainbow Warrior fan." Well, turns out the Rainbow Warriors are a fleet of tugboats that Greenpeace uses to generally pirate the oceans for environmentalism. So I guess that the Raiders didn't get their shout out, but in retrospect, you can't blame him for the potshot. This is probably as close to Santa Cruz as Charlie will get and it is probably just as fitting as anything around here.

Salinas is more of a cowboy town than a hippie haven, though, so when Charlie started the Star Spangled Banner, an interesting thing happened. First a big guy in front of me -- listen to "Play Me Some Fiddle" from Simple Man to get a lyrical visual -- took his hat off respectfully, then the guy next to me took off his ball cap. One by one, people stood up and put their hands over their hearts, and by the time the band joined in the fiddle solo for the crecendo, every one stood up. It was funny because there wasn't a flag in sight but the song is so patriotic - it's our National Anthem, for pete's sake - people were looking around for a flag to salute. Of course, the only flag in sight was the rainbow flag. Just kidding.

I should also mention that the venue was a good place to catch a show. It's a recently renovated venue and they are making an effort. There's a lot of potential there, if they can attract big shows like this one again.I brought a friend of mine along, who has only had the sort of pop culture exposure to Charlie that most of the world has had, and he went in knowing about three songs by the band, but like I figured, he was sold. How could you not be? It's a world class band with more talent than all the rest (this is a fan site, so I'm allow to be at least somewhat biased). If anyone missed a note, I didn't catch it. Last but not least, we did meet Charlie before the show and he was kind and gracious as usual, and we got our picture taken with him. I'm on the left, Dan's on the right, and Charlie's in the middle. Dan just let me know he's going to spring for a bow signed by Charlie now.

All is good in CDB land.

The lady in the front row took some pictures and posted them on Picasa, and since she put the link the comments section, I'm including it here!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tonight -- Charlie In Salinas

Charlie is coming to Salinas, California tonight, and the sun is shining brighter.

The CDB will be the first big show at the newly renovated Fox Theatre in Salinas, in the old downtown area. There are a few other shows slated for the next few months, but the CDB is by far the biggest gig slated to show up. And honestly, the only one that will make it worth seeing the venue, unless you pronounce Christmas, "Thizzmas" and belong to a posse.

I will attempt to take pictures, and plan on a review and set list after the show.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

About Time: Charlie Daniels Invited to Join Opry

Charlie Daniels was surprised with an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry during a benefit concert at the Ryman Auditorium on Monday night (Nov. 19). Martina McBride, also an Opry member, extended the invitation during Daniels' Christmas for Kids show. "I can not even begin to tell you folks ... this is very emotional for me," said Daniels. "I never ever in my wildest dreams when I came to Nashville with my precious wife and son dreamed that this would happen. To think that now my name will be added along with all these great country artists. Thank you."

Courtesy CMT

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Q&A: For Daniels, There's always another record to cut | Entertainment | Music | Reuters

Q&A: For Daniels, There's always another record to cut Entertainment Music Reuters

By Deborah Evans Price
NASHVILLE (Billboard) - At 71 years old, Charlie Daniels still sets a blistering pace few can match. Whether touring, authoring a book or recording an album, he approaches each project with a sense of creative vision and passion that remains undimmed after 50 years in the industry.
One of the most versatile and prolific artists in American music, Daniels has released 50 albums, 17 of those just since launching his own Blue Hat label a decade ago. Reflecting the broad scope of his artistry, those projects have encompassed a variety of genres, from the blues of 1997's "Blues Hat" to the bluegrass gospel of 2005's "Songs of the Longleaf Pines" to the rockin' country represented on two 2007 releases, "Live From Iraq" and the duet project "Deuces."
Daniels has always had a gift for forging a sense of community and bringing together artists from all musical styles. Whether welcoming an eclectic lineup to the stage during one of his famed Volunteer Jam concerts or mentoring some of today's young country acts during the making of "Deuces," Daniels has always encouraged others to defy boundaries and just create great music.
Q: When you started, did you think you'd still love playing music this much 50 years later?
Charlie Daniels: "I had no idea. You do one day at a time. People ask me what would I have done if I had not been a musician. I'm not a 'What if?' thinker. It's been a long road and a good road and a tough road. I've learned a lot of lessons in the many years that I've been doing this that I wouldn't have learned anywhere else.
"I've learned about adversity. When everyone else gets tired and disgusted, that's when you have to go for it. If you don't have it in your heart to do it that way, you should have never taken the first step."
Q: What did your parents think of your decision to be a musician?
Daniels: "My dad wanted me to go to college and get a degree in forestry because he was a timber man. But I didn't carry that gene or whatever it is to have the same love for it that he had.
"I can see my parents being very frustrated when I first started trying to play music because music was thought of very much as a hobby. There were horror stories about people trying to make a living playing music and how their families would suffer. My parents had apprehensions about me getting into this business, but once I started, it was all I wanted to do. I had no desire to do anything else."
Q: Your first radio hit was "Uneasy Rider" in 1973. It could easily have been pegged as a novelty hit, and that tag could have tainted your career. How did you overcome that?
Daniels: "I just refused to be pushed into that category. I did other records and did what needed to be done to overcome it. It's like, 'Gosh, here we are. We've got a hit record!' It's a blessing, but you've got to break out of that mold. By no means was that close to what (the Charlie Daniels Band) was all about when you hear 'Uneasy Rider.' You've just got to stay with it until the world realizes, 'Hey, they are serious. They are capable of doing more than that."'
Q: What was it like recording with Bob Dylan on "Nashville Skyline?"
Daniels: "I am not a great session player. I don't play other people's music as well. What goes into being a good session player is doing somebody else's idea of what a song should be. I'm so much better off doing my stuff and doing what I do other than trying to interpret other people's music, unless it's the kind of thing like Dylan did.
"Dylan was like, 'Hey, let's go in and make a record. I want you to play like you do and we'll be the Bob Dylan Band and do a Bob Dylan record.' That gives you a certain amount of freedom that you don't experience in a lot of places. That's why I did so well on the Dylan stuff."
Q: When you held the first Volunteer Jam in 1974, did you have any idea it would become such a long-running and successful event?
Daniels: "I had no idea. It was supposed to be a one-time thing. It was a live recording session. Sometimes things take (on) a life of their own. The name Volunteer Jam was a natural. All the elements fell together.
"The first year was an incredible musical event. It sold out. Lots of people didn't get to come to it and lots of people heard about it. People wondered: 'What's a Volunteer Jam? What's this thing everybody's talking about?' It became very obvious that this was something that we should do again, and we did. That first night was like magic. Here we are talking about it 30 years or so after."
Q: Some people, including Wyclef Jean, credit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" with being one of the pioneering rap songs. Do you think of it that way?
Daniels: "That goes way back to an old form of music called 'talking blues' that had been around forever. Instead of singing the lyrics, people talk them. I've been hearing it all my life. There was a guy, Robert Lunn, on the Grand Ole Opry that used to do that. He would be using some comedy sort of thing, something he'd sing, and there was a little punch line involved. It's an old form of music.'
Q: In recording your new duets album, "Deuces," how did you determine who would record each song?
Daniels: "It was a mutual consent. It was a song that we both liked. Darius Rucker is a big Bob Dylan fan and ('Like a Rolling Stone') was a good tune for us to do, and Vince (Gill) loved the one we did ('The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'). I could not 100 percent read what somebody likes to do by any means, but I'm pretty good at picking a song that would be compatible for both people and most of the time it worked out.
"Dolly (Parton) wanted to do something she wrote, which is a standard policy with her. She's constantly being asked to do something, but like she says, if she took everything that came down the pike, she'd be going all the time. So what she does is she wants to sing a song that she wrote, which I have no problem with. She's a great writer. We did 'Daddy's Old Fiddle.' You just kind of go along and find something that works for everybody."
Q: What keeps you out there still making music?
Daniels: "I love what I do. People say, 'Why don't you retire?' For what? I'm doing what I want to do. You're supposed to retire to do something you want to do and I'm doing what I want to do. So it would be kind of silly for me to retire.
"I love my fellow musicians. I love being able to get up in the morning and think, 'I'm going to do something today that I thoroughly enjoy.' I'm thankful to God (for) all of these years that I have been able to make a living at something that I enjoy so very much."
Q: What goals do you have left?
Daniels: "There's always something to do. There's always another record to cut. There's constantly something. You never run out of things to do or things to accomplish. You're just never going to do that. There's always another cluster of notes to put together to make a song out of it."

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Charlie's influence on pop culture continues on his 71st birthday

The newest cool game comes out today called Guitar Hero 3, which features The Devil Went Down To Georgia. Today, October 28th, also happens to be Charlie's 71st birthday.

The object of the game is to improve your pretend guitar playing skills to different songs of classic rock, with the ultimate guitar battle at the end to the tune of the Devil Went Down To Georgia. If you can play the Devil Went Down To Georgia, you beat the Devil and the game.

You can see more about the game and the release here and here.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Charlie Hosts Anti-bullying radio program

Montana's News Station, Fair. Accurate. To the Point. -Anti-bullying effort gets radio program: "Associated Press - September 19, 2007 6:05 PM ET CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A host of country music performers are participating in an educational radio program to reduce bullying in schools and help bullied kids cope without resorting to violence.

The one-hour radio program hosted by country artist Charlie Daniels will be available to radio stations nationwide next month. During the program, country artists, including Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Joe Nichols, Trisha Yearwood, Trent Tomlinson, Tracy Lawrence and Jason Michael Carroll, voice their concerns and share personal experiences with bullying.

The radio program is a new feature of an ongoing Wyoming-based education effort called Bullying Hurts that a professional rodeo clown from Cheyenne has been promoting and teaching in schools and community organizations around the country for the last several years. The Bullying Hurts Program stresses positive youth development and prevention to combat bullying."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Southern Rock Pioneer Hughie Thomasson Dies in Florida

Guitarist Founded the Outlaws and Later Joined Lynyrd Skynyrd
By: Chet Flippo

One of the pre-eminent Southern rock guitarists has died. Hughie Thomasson went out to dinner with his wife Mary on Sunday (Sept. 9), went home, got comfortable in his favorite chair to watch football and then passed away from a heart attack during a nap. He was 55 and lived in Brooksville, Fla., near Tampa.

Born Hugh Edward Thomasson Jr., Hughie Thomasson joined a fledging Tampa-area bar band named the Outlaws in the late '60s. With David Dix on drums, Thomasson quickly made a name for himself as a no-nonsense guitar master. The group disbanded, but Thomasson reformed the Outlaws in 1972 with guitarist Henry Paul, drummer Monte Yoho and bassist Frank O'Keefe. (Paul later enjoyed a successful country career as a member of BlackHawk.) Guitarist Billy Jones joined in 1973.Known as the "Florida Guitar Army" for their triple-lead guitar attack, the Outlaws were the first group signed to former Columbia Records head Clive Davis when he formed Arista Records. Davis signed them on the spot when he saw them play a small Georgia club.

Their 1975 debut album The Outlaws quickly sold gold, and they were signed as the opening act on the Doobie Brothers' Stampede tour. The band went on to record 13 albums in all, with such hits as "Green Grass and High Tides" and "Hurry Sundown," both of which Thomasson wrote. His signature Fender Stratocaster guitar sound and vocals came to define the group.

The Outlaws disbanded in the mid-'90s when Thomasson joined Lynyrd Skynyrd. He added his distinctive guitar sound to Skynyrd's robust lineup and co-wrote many of the band's later songs. In 2005, Thomasson left Skynyrd and reformed the Outlaws with drummers Yoho and Dix, bassist Randy Threet and guitarist Chris Anderson.

They toured extensively this year and performed with the Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band and Dickey Betts and also played a festival in Amsterdam with Aerosmith.

The Outlaws' last concert took place Saturday (Sept. 8) at a casino in Nevada, and they had 15 concert dates scheduled through mid-December of this year.

A final, completed album, tentatively titled Once an Outlaw, which Thomasson produced, has not yet been scheduled for release.

Thomasson had also planned to re-release his solo album, So Low, under the new title, Lone Outlaw.

Memorial plans were incomplete as of Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 11).

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New CDB CD 10-09-07

The Charlie Daniels Band To Release Duets CD

(NASHVILLE, TENN -- August 27th, 2007)

On October 9th, Charlie Daniels will release his 17th Blue Hat Records release, Deuces. Charlie has teamed up with some of Nashville's most recognizable artists, performing duets of Country, Pop, and R&B classics, as well as some of The Charlie Daniels Band's biggest hits. The album will be distributed by KOCH Records.

Guest stars include: Brad Paisley (Jammin' For Stevie); The Del McCoury Band (Evangeline); Gretchen Wilson (Jackson); Earl, Gary and Randy Scruggs (Maggie's Farm); Bonnie Bramlett (Signed, Sealed, Delivered), Travis Tritt (What'd I Say); Dolly Parton (Daddy's Old Fiddle); Brooks & Dunn (Long Haired Country Boy); Marty Stuart (God Save Us All From Religion); Darius Rucker (Like A Rolling Stone); Brenda Lee (Let It Be Me); Vince Gill (The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down); and Montgomery Gentry (Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye).

The duets album follows The Charlie Daniels Band's recent CD/DVD release of "Live From Iraq" which was recorded when The Charlie Daniels Band performed for US/Multinational Troops as part of the Stars for Stripes Tour. He also edited "Growing Up Country," a book of essays by Southern politicians, musicians, and celebrities. The book is in stores now. While promoting the release, Charlie will be making a series of appearances in New York and touring the country.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Charlie Guests with Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt Roars Back With 'The Storm':

Travis Tritt has a new album, and Charlie guests on it. Courtesy of SF Chronicle:

"The snarling 'Somehow, Somewhere, Someway' features a heavy workout by blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Tritt and Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas co-wrote the melancholy, 'What If Love Hangs On;' Richard Marx penned the funky first single, 'You Never Take Me Dancing;' and Charlie Daniels lets loose on fiddle on the honky tonk 'High Time for Gettin' Down.'"

Thursday, August 09, 2007

CDB plays in South Carolina for Food Bank

Charlie Daniels Band to give helping hand
The Charlie Daniels Band will perform in October at the new USCA Convocation Center.

Sat, Aug 4, 2007
Aiken Standard By TONY BAUGHMAN Staff writer

In Charlie Daniels' classic Southern rock anthem, the devil may have gone down to Georgia, but Daniels himself is coming to Aiken this fall as an angel to a very worthy cause.
Tickets go on sale today for the Charlie Daniels Band's concert on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the USC Aiken Convocation Center. The show is a benefit for the Golden Harvest Food Bank, the Augusta-based nonprofit that feeds the hungry in 30 South Carolina and Georgia counties.
Admission is $27 per person, with discounts for groups of 15 or more. Tickets are available at or by calling (866) 722-8877.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Charlie Daniels Plans Christmas for Kids

Great American Country: "July 20, 2007 — Charlie Daniels and friends Rodney Atkins and Taylor Swift will perform at the 11th Annual Christmas for Kids Benefit Concert Monday, November 19, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The event raises money for the Christmas for Kids organization, which gives special children in the community the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season.

Christmas for Kids has been bringing the spirit of Christmas to hundreds of children throughout Middle Tennessee for more than 20 years. In addition to the concert, the Tour Bus Tour, which will take place on December 17, allows folks to visit the home-away-from-homes of more than 50 stars.

The money raised at both events is used to escort children from 25 different schools for a day-long holiday excursion. The day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard a country music star's tour bus to a photo session with Santa and then to a local Wal-Mart for their own Christmas shopping spree.

All proceeds from the Charlie Daniels & Friends Benefit Concert and the Tour Bus Show go toward the children's Christmas shopping. More information is available at "

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Charlie plays with a symphony -- for $10 a ticket.

"I met a man from Tennessee
This is what he said to me
He said music is a rhapsody
He picked up his violin
Stuck it underneath his chin
And started playing me a symphony
I said that ain't the way it's done
Let me see that fiddle son
And I sawed him off a chorus or two
He said you'd better call the doctor
'Cause I think I've got
The Rocking Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues"

Caviar & Country Biscuits
Symphony of the Mountains and Charlie Daniels together for final concert of Kingsport's Fun Fest

Thursday, Jul 19, 2007 - 10:49 AM
BY Tom Netherland (

Symphonies and Charlie Daniels go together like caviar and country biscuits.

Well, hold your assumptions, bud.

Meander over to the J. Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport on July 21 and watch as the seemingly divergent paths of the Charlie Daniels Band and Symphony of the Mountains cross and close out this year’s Fun Fest.

Together, they will entertain via such Daniels’ hits as "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." And together, they just might prove that yes, caviar goes mighty fine on hot buttered biscuits.
"I like the whole different thing," Daniels said last week by phone from Atlanta. "It’s really different than what we normally do."

Symphony of the Mountains music director and conductor Cornelia Kodkani-Laemmli has collaborated with Daniels on stage once before, when she served as the associate conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

"It was great, and I really liked them," Kodkani-Laemmli said.

Swiss-born Kodani-Laemmli performed in an evening gown and cowboy boots that night. She also wore a hat, but it fell short of an actual cowboy hat. Daniels noticed.

"After the show, his road manager measured my head, and he sent me a hat," she said. "It’s a 10-gallon cowboy hat, and I’m going to wear that hat at the show."

Daniels said that the symphony would open the show. Kodani-Laemmli said to expect
performances of such widely accessible songs as "The Theme from Mission Impossible" and "God Bless America."

Then, the Charlie Daniels Band will join in at some point. Fans can look to hear the symphony and Daniels on such Daniels’ classics as "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" and "Long Haired Country Boy."

Daniels will also perform some songs without the symphony. For example?"We’re doing ‘Rocky Top,’ " Daniels said. "You come to the show and you’ll hear ‘Rocky Top.’ "

Daniels, 70, first cracked the music business during the 1960s as a studio guitarist. He played on recording sessions for Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr. He then made his name as a bandleader during the 1970s with such Southern rock hits as "Uneasy Rider."

In other words, his music is a far cry from performing with a symphony. So imagine the thrill of getting to do just that.

"It’s adding 50 pieces to the band. You’ve got to really be on your toes," Daniels said. "We’ve got to play it right."

Daniels also fervently believes in living right.

Talk to him for five minutes and his passions – God, country, family, music – resound as clearly as the truth among a pack of liars. Or check out his new album, "Live in Iraq," which was indeed recorded in Iraq, last year.

"We were in a war zone," Daniels said. "We got shot at on a helicopter going back to Baghdad one night after a show. It’s a humbling feeling."

Meanwhile, Daniels has yet another show among his almost 40 years of shows to perform. Bear this in mind. Of his more than 5,000 concerts in those nearly 40 years, Daniels has performed no more than 20 concerts with a symphony.

"We’ve done over the years not 20 but a few," Daniels said. "The Nashville Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, symphonies in Toledo, Baton Rouge – not many."

So, classify Daniels’ show with Symphony of the Mountains as incredibly rare. Oh, and just for the record, Kodkani-Laemmli said that folks need not worry about how they come dressed – for this or any other symphony show.

"You don’t have to dress up. I couldn’t care less what people wear," Kodkani-Laemmli said. "Lots of people think the symphony is for the stuffy or snobby people, and it’s not."

TOM NETHERLAND is a freelance writer.
Who: Charlie Daniels Band with the Symphony of the Mountains
When: July 21, 7 p.m.
Where: J. Fred Johnson Stadium, Kingsport
Tickets: $10
Info: (423) 229-4406

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Charlie Daniels Helps a Hero

July 12, 2007 --— Charlie Daniels will join Lonestar, Craig Morgan and other country artists in a benefit concert to fund the design and construction of a custom home for Sgt. Kevin Downs, who was severely wounded in Iraq.
Kevin is the sole survivor of an ambush that killed three American soldiers from the 278th Regimental Combat Team of the Tennessee National Guard unit. He lost both his legs and suffered burns over 60 percent of his body during the attack. After nearly two years of hospitalization, he is about to be discharged and plans to come home to Tennessee. The concert, called Home for a Hero, will help provide a house that will allow Kevin mobility and independence.
GAC's Storme Warren will host the event, which will also feature performances by Bomshel, David Lee Murphy, Collin Raye, Joe Diffie, John Berry, Paulette Carlson and Jamie Lee Thurston. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on July 17 at Greer Stadium in Nashville. For more information, go to

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Charlie Daniels Commissions USS New York

July 10, 2007 09:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Nashville Records™ Announces The Legendary Charlie Daniels For The USS New York Project
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nashville Records, Inc. announces the legendary Charlie Daniels for the USS New York Project. He will perform the song “The USS New York” for the recordings and performances for the christening and commissioning of the ship.
Daniels is best known for his smash hit, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which topped both country and pop charts, won a Grammy Award, earned three CMA trophies, became a cornerstone of the Urban Cowboy movie soundtrack and propelled Daniel's Million Mile Reflections album to triple-platinum sales. More hits include, "In America," "Uneasy Rider," "The South's Gonna Do It," "Long Haired Country Boy" and a catalog that represents millions of sales.
The Charlie Daniels Band has twice been voted the Academy of Country Music's touring band of the year and has often exceeded 250 concert dates per year throughout a music career that surpasses an incredible four decades of hit generating legacy. Daniels still maintains an incredibly busy concert schedule.
Several name artists were considered for this song and project but ultimately the Company felt Daniels was the perfect choice. Previous press releases announced the USS New York, which is a Naval ship being commissioned, and was built in part with 24 tons of steel from the World Trade Center. Nashville Records™ holds the exclusive rights of performance and sales distribution. This song will also be included on Nashville Records™ upcoming Patriotic Album in connection to the USS New York, which will feature some of the industry’s biggest stars. The support for theses two projects increases daily with music industry, media, and military support.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Country Stars Supplement Charlie Daniels Album

Country Stars Supplement Charlie Daniels Album:
July 02, 2007, 3:05 PM ET
Gary Graff, Detroit
Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton are among the artists joining Charlie Daniels for a duets album he plans to release this fall on his Blue Hat Records label.

Daniels tells that he was in the midst of recording another album with the latest edition of the Charlie Daniels Band, when a friend suggested the duets idea. 'So we put that (group) album on the back burner for the duets album,' Daniels says. 'We're fairly close to having it finished.'

Among the highlights on the as-yet-untitled set are a version of Ray Charles' 'What'd I Say' with Travis Tritt, Johnny Cash's 'Jackson' with Wilson, 'Long Haired Country Boy' with Brooks & Dunn, Stevie Wonder's 'Signed, Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours)' with Bonnie Bramlett and Bob Dylan's 'Maggie's Farm.'

'I wanted to pick stuff that had common ground for everybody,' explains Daniels, who co-wrote one original, 'Evangeline,' with Hal Ketchum. Daniels recorded the song with the Del McCoury Band.

He's also proud of an instrumental track he laid down with Paisley and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn's Double Trouble rhythm section (Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon). 'It's just an instrumental thing we Daniels recalls. "We just got together and sat there and jammed." The bluesy song isn't titled yet, but Daniels says it will likely acknowledge Vaughan in some way.

"Stevie Ray was a very unusual and dedicated talent," Daniels says. "He was just 'it' as far as blues guitar was concerned. As far as carrying on the blues in his generation, he was the man. So it was great to be in there with (Double Trouble), 'cause they play so well together and still have that spirit."

The duets project will follow Daniels' recently released CD/DVD "Live in Iran," recorded during his visits to perform for U.S. troops overseas. He also edited the new book "Growing Up Country," which features essays by Southern musicians, politicians and athletes. He plans to finish the band album as well, probably for release in 2008. "

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Marshall Tucker Band Guitarist George McCorkle dead at 60

United Press International - NewsTrack - Entertainment - Musician George McCorkle dead at 60: "Musician George McCorkle dead at 60
LEBANON, Tenn., June 30 (UPI) -- One of the founding members of the Marshall Tucker Band, George McCorkle has died at age 60 in Lebanon, Tenn., after being diagnosed with cancer.

The man who wrote the Southern rock anthem 'Fire on the Mountain' died Friday at University Medical Center, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Saturday.

'George was such a big, big part of the sound of that original Marshall Tucker Band,' said Charlie Daniels, a friend of McCorkle. 'If you took him out of it, the Tuckers would not sound like the same band. He played that electric guitar wide open.'

The Marshall Tucker Band was a bridge between musical styles in the 1970s, helping bring rock fans to country and to bring country fans to rock and blues.

'Kids aren't ashamed of country anymore, and they're not ashamed of blues,' McCorkle told writer Frye Gaillard in an interview that was included in Gaillard's 'Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music' in 1978. 'And when you mix it all together and the music gets to cooking, it's a pretty ... exciting thing to be around.'

McCorkle is survived by his wife Vivienne and son Justin McCorkle."

See also:

McCorkle services set for Tuesday

Visitation for George McCorkle, one of the founding members of the Marshall Tucker Band, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St.

Graveside serivces will be held at 11 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

McCorkle died Friday morning in Nashville, Tenn., at the age of 60. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Article published Jun 27, 2007

Marshall Tucker guitarist George McCorkle is battling cancer, son says


George McCorkle, a founding member of the Spartanburg-based Marshall Tucker Band, has been diagnosed with cancer and is spending what are likely his final days in a Nashville-area hospital.

"They're not really looking for a full recovery. They believe it to be terminal. But they haven't said, 'He's got this many days to live' or anything," said McCorkle's 31-year-old son, Justin, of his 60-year-old father.

"He is resting comfortable now. There's so many types of cancer that do so many different things so many different ways. We have a really good oncology group that's working with him."

The family is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

The disease has spread through his body and doctors don't feel he has much longer to suffer, according to McCorkle's Web site.

It's a quiet ending for a man who once tore up the stage in front of thousands of people.

"He was like the rock," said Paul Riddle, 53, the drummer in the original Marshall Tucker lineup.

"He was a rhythm guitar player primarily. I've never heard anyone to this day play rhythm guitar the way George played it. I had the luxury of playing the drums, of playing with him. It was a drummer's dream. The way he accompanied Toy (Caldwell) ... They really fed off each other. It was just amazing."

Riddle was only 15 years old, a sophomore at Spartanburg High School, when he met McCorkle - seven years his elder - and, later, Tommy Caldwell. When the three got together, that's when the Marshall Tucker Band was born, he said. They would soon add three more members: Caldwell's brother, Toy; singer Doug Gray and flutist Jerry Eubanks.

On their way

They began playing small venues, eventually landing a gig at Grant's Lounge in Macon, Ga. The Allman Brothers band was there that night. So were representatives from Capricorn Records.

Soon, the boys who had been practicing on Spring Street in Spartanburg were on their way.

They had long hair, and they were loud. They became forever linked with Southern Rock, creating a country-rock-blues sound that hadn't been heard before.

"We would really improvise a lot on stage," Riddle said. "It was a matter of trust, really. You have to trust the people you're playing with when you play in front of 30,000 people. And George did that better than anyone I've ever known."

McCorkle grew up in a rough-and-tumble mill village just outside Spartanburg, and he learned to fight at an early age. His parents divorced when he was young, and his mother worked at a cotton mill, according to the book "Hub City Music Makers."

He spent some time in the Navy, but stayed true to his modest roots: McCorkle didn't own a suit until 1980. He bought one when fellow band member Tommy Caldwell died.

The Marshall Tucker Band broke up in the early 1980s, though several reincarnations of it have followed. McCorkle and Riddle stayed out of that, and McCorkle has released one solo album, "American Street," in 1999.

New style of music

"The founding members, they basically brought a mixture of music together in such a way that it had never been presented before," Justin McCorkle said.

"They didn't do so on purpose. They did so because that's what they liked. It just so happened that it was a new style between country, rock and blues. (George McCorkle) was probably more of your blues influence. He's just an unbelievable rhythm and blues guitar player."

Since his father was diagnosed earlier this month, Justin has been back and forth between Nashville and his home in Pauline.

Charlie Daniels and some of the other Marshall Tucker Band members have been to visit, he said.

"He's just a real sweetheart of a guy. He's so appreciative, and just loves everybody so much, it's just hard to watch this happen to him," Justin McCorkle said.

"It's tough, but I have to stay strong ... The world doesn't stop, just because we're sick. I'm just trying to help my dad and do what he would want me to do."

Of the founding members, Tommy Caldwell died in a car crash in 1980 and Toy suffered a heart attack and died in 1993.


Riddle, after leaving the hospital Tuesday, said "We only expect him to live a few more days. Certainly he could live longer, but he hasn't eaten anything in 12 days. We were lucky today. He was awake. As hard as it was, we're thankful we went."

The two got to talk, briefly.

The last time they played together was a little over seven years ago, at an outside jam in Spartanburg. Riddle remembers they played "This Old Cowboy."

"It's just hard to believe," said Riddle, who lives at Lake Bowen. "He was a big brother figure to me. He was the oldest in the band. Everyone is in shock. I talked to him an hour-and-a-half on Thanksgiving. I'm just really going to miss him, I know that.

"I love him."

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pentagon Presents Charlie Daniels with Civilian Award

Washington, D.C. - American Forces Press Service - infoZine - By John J. Kruzel -

The Pentagon honored music legend Charlie Daniels here today with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his support of military personnel.

Perhaps best known for his chart-topping platinum single, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Daniels has played concerts for servicemembers at military installations around the world. The musician, who has been entertaining troops with his genre-blending style of country, blues and jazz for more than 35 years, says his life-long patriotism was born during World War II.

"I remember the day that Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and I have taken patriotism into my heart, I have taken the military into my heart, and it has been there ever since," Daniels said.

"The more I go among the military, the more I am convinced that you folks are the best America's got.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be able to come to wherever the military is, in whatever part of the world they happen to be in, to entertain them," he said.

The two Pentagon officials who presented the framed award citation and medal to Daniels took turns thanking him for his decades of steadfast support for U.S. troops. "This is an important opportunity for us to say 'Thank You' to Charlie Daniels for his very long service to the men and women in uniform," Michael L. Dominguez, principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said. "He's performed for them in more than 20 different installations in countries across the globe, volunteering his time to do what he does best, and to bring them a little bit of America and a little bit of 'Thank You' from the people of America for the service they provide for our country."

In addition to visiting troops at bases in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Korea and elsewhere, Daniels started Operation Heartstrings in November 2005. The program to date has donated 100 Gibson guitars, as well as drums, keyboards, microphones, and more than 13,000 pieces of musical accessories to deployed servicemembers.

Brig. Gen. Mari Kaye Eder, deputy chief of Army Public Affairs, was elated to finally talk to the man who she's been listening to since childhood. "I'm thrilled to be here with Charlie Daniels; I grew up with him, though he doesn't know that," she said. "Every Sunday after church, my dad would play his records."

Wherever Daniels goes, he has friends in uniform and throughout the vast network of armed service personnel and family members, Eder said. "It's my honor to be here to represent just a few of them today," she added.

Daniels' multimedia CD and DVD offering titled "Live From Iraq" is set for release tomorrow. The Charlie Daniels Band recorded the music portion during the group's 2006 visit to bases around Iraq, and the bonus DVD features concert footage and video of the band interacting with military members serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Addressing servicemembers gathered here, Daniels thanked the men and women in uniform for their service to their country.

"I want to thank you for making America free," he said. "Without you there would be no America."

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

CDB pays tribute to troops with Live From Iraq CD

The Charlie Daniels Band releases a new album and bonus DVD dedicated to our heroes in Iraq. June 25, 2007 – On June 26, Charlie Daniels will release Live From Iraq—a two-disc, 13-song set of tunes recorded in Iraq during four performances by his legendary band as part of a Stars for Stripes tour entertaining U.S. and multinational troops.

While in Iraq, the 70-year-old Charlie and his band made stops in Arifjan, Baghdad, Tallil, Fallujah and other bases.

The new CD includes a bonus DVD featuring never-before-seen documentary footage, including a moving Easter service in Ur. "I'll never forget my trips to Iraq, having the honor of visiting with the heroes so far away from home who stand in harm's way daily to keep the torch of freedom burning brightly," proclaims Charlie. "It is with great love, admiration, respect and gratitude that I dedicate this project to the men and women who wear the military uniform of the United States of America, past, present and future."

To learn more about Charlie and his new project, check out

Friday, June 15, 2007

Evangelist Billy Graham's wife, 'his port in the storm,' dies at 87

By MIKE BAKER Associated Press and TIM GHIANNI Staff Writer, The Tennessean
MONTREAT, N.C. — Ruth Graham, 87, who surrendered dreams of missionary work in Tibet to marry a suitor who became the world's most renowned evangelist, died Thursday.
Mrs. Graham died at her home, surrounded by her husband and their five children, said a statement released by Larry Ross, Billy Graham's spokesman.

"Ruth was my life partner, and we were called by God as a team," Billy Graham said. "No one else could have borne the load that she carried. She was a vital and integral part of our ministry, and my work through the years would have been impossible without her encouragement and support."I am so grateful to the Lord that He gave me Ruth ... and my love for her continued to grow deeper every day. I will miss her terribly, and look forward even more to the day I can join her in Heaven."

'She was good for him'

Mrs. Graham had been bedridden for months with degenerative osteoarthritis of the back and neck and underwent treatment for pneumonia two weeks ago. At her request, and in consultation with her family, she had stopped receiving nutrients through a feeding tube for the past few days, Ross said.

Entertainer Charlie Daniels has performed on nine crusades with the Rev. Billy Graham and an additional three since his son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, began spearheading that part of the ministry.

"She was good for him. She was good for the nation. I'm sure she went home to her reward," Daniels said."I think she was very steadying to him. We all need to go home to heal up once in a while. There was an awful lot of pressure on Billy Graham when he was preaching in those huge coliseums night after night. I think she was that place where you go home and get your battery charged and be with someone you can trust 100 percent. She was his port in the storm."

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Charlie Daniels Comments on Pop Country Music

Charlie Daniels: One of a kind
By Roy E. Deering
ADA – For the past 50 years, Charlie Daniels has made a lot of music, made his share of money, and had an awful lot of fun. Friday night, the 70-year-old country music legend will bring his unique style of entertainment to the Robert S. Kerr Activities Center on the campus of East Central University for a concert that will benefit the school's growing Communications Department.

Joining Daniels on stage Friday for the 8 p.m. show will be Oklahoma native Bennin Hunt.

Daniels will honor members of a local national guard unit who have been invited to attend the concert as guests of local businesses and community organizations. Although Daniels is being paid to perform, he said the chance to meet the local guardsmen will be his honor.

"For me to have the chance in person to thank these men and women for their sacrifice and for their willingness to carry the torch of freedom is a tremendous privilege," Daniels told the Ada Evening News in a telephone interview last week.

"I have the utmost respect for the men and women who fight for freedom. I've been to Iraq twice and I have always been a tremendous supporter of our armed forces. To me, it's sickening when you hear some of the national media people trying to discredit and dishonor them these days."

Known for such classic rockin’ country songs as "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," and "Long Haired Country Boy," the outspoken Daniels said he'll bring a high-energy family show to Pontotoc County Friday night."

First, it's a family show," Daniels said. "I have always tried hard to provide a show that's suitable for all ages. Second, we will play the songs people want to hear – like 'The Devil' and 'Long Haired Country Boy', because it makes me angry when I go to a concert and the performer sings one or two songs you know, and then spends an hour trying to sell you his new album.”

Winner of two Grammy Awards and numerous Grammy nominations, Daniels has recorded nearly 50 albums in his five decades in country music. Know for his high-energy fiddle playing and back woods, simple messages, Daniels said it was hard for him to comprehend that he was now in his 70s.

"I don't know how long I'll keep playing," Daniels said. "All I know is that I have no plans for retirement. I can't even stand the word. As long as the Good Lord gives me the ability and the desire to keep getting up on stage, I'd rather be there than anywhere else in this world."

Known for his trademark white beard and white felt cowboy hat, Daniels has been a fixture on country – and even rock – radio stations for more than 40 years.

His biggest hit, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," has been covered by numerous artists over the years. One of those covers was a rap version, one Daniels found "entertaining," but not quite his "cup of tea."

A rebel in life and in music, Daniels said his proudest accomplishment in music is that he has stayed true to himself and has not allowed his music to be controlled by recording executives.

"I love the fact that country music is the fastest growing music out there right now," Daniels said. "But I absolutely hate that all the singers look and sound the same.”

"It's like the record companies use the same little cookie cutter and give them all the same sound, the same look and the same songs. There's no one unique out there any more."

Yes, there is. And his name is Charlie Daniels.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

CDB Volunteer Jam 2007 - Shoreline Amphitheatre Recap

I just returned from the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California and here is the recap. I was able to go with three friends of mine, which was great, since originally I was only going with one. Thanks to Ginger Ambrose from the CDB Volunteers, who sent me a couple of extra meet and greet passes, there was room for more so my buddy Mike and his wife Melissa went along with Scott, who had never had the privilege of seeing the CDB. It's always fun to bring a newcomer to the music, because they inevitably become fans, and even better when they get to meet Charlie. It's like never having tasted chocolate then getting to meet Willie Wonka at the factory.

The show started at six and right on schedule the Outlaws opened up the show with Ghost Riders in the Sky. They played a few of their hits including Green Grass and High Tides, along with a new one called Rippin through Kentucky, Almost Home, and Trail of Tears. They closed their set with Hurry Sundown. It was a great set, although it seemed short, and I may have missed a song or two from the set list. Hughie Thomasson and company were in great form, and were joined on two songs by David Muse from The Marshall Tucker Band and Pat McDonald from the CDB, who added two the drum corps (they play with two sets) by banging on the bongos. This is a great guitar band, and worth catching these guitar virtuosos play it like they meant it. It was cool to see Hughie Thomasson leading his own band, since the only time I'd seen him before was as a sideman for Skynyrd. Check out Outlaws tour dates at their website,

Next up was the incomparable Marshall Tucker Band, who started their set with This Ol' Cowboy. Doug Gray was on vocals and in between songs joked with the sizable crowd about his age (59) and his ex-wives (>1). They have a new album coming out June 19th called The Next Adventure. This is what was posted from a similar set on the MTB message boards, and it seems to jive pretty well with what we heard:

This Ol' Cowboy
Dog Eat Dog World
Fire on the Mountain
Hillbilly Band
Georgia Moon
Can't You See

Chris Hicks played guitar and sang on a solo song he has worked up called Dog Eat Dog World for an album to be released by Sony. He's an outstanding musician, with a real feel for the blues. We had to leave right after Fire on the Mountain to go backstage and visit with Charlie, so unfortunately missed some of the MTB set.

We lined up by one of Charlie's tour buses called the TPR II (Twin Pines Ranch, I guess) and waited in line for a while with other lucky folks, to meet Charlie and get some pictures signed that were handed out by none other than Mr. Dean Tubbs. There was a a curtain opened to the stage, so we had a glimpse of the MTB playing Can't You See.

We were moved to a crowded trailer to wait to meet Charlie as the MTB played for the masses, and slowly made it up to Charlie, who was kind enough to sign the pictures Dean had presented us. We snapped a quick picture and made it out of there with just a little bit of chit-chat with Charlie. I mentioned how I was sorry I hadn't made it to the fan club party last week, and Charlie said I should come next year, something I really hope to be able to do one of these days. Mike wished him a happy birthday, and Charlie thanked him and pointed out that his birthday had been in October, but he'd been out of the country and they just celebrated it at the fan club party. A side note here, that if you ever want to go to a BBQ and private party with the band, that it would be possible if you would join the fan club. It's every year in June in Charlie's hometown. That kind of accessibility is one of the many reasons I love the CDB and try to keep this site up.

After that, we were shuttled out, and Mike was able to snap a picture of the Marshall Tucker Band finishing their set.

By the time we got some garlic fries the show was about to begin, and it opened with a bang with Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye. Here's the complete set list:

Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye
El Toreador
Simple Man
Wooley Swamp
The Pledge of Allegiance and In America
Floreeda Road (with David Muse from the MTB on Sax)
Long Haired Country Boy
How Great Thou Art
Rocky Top -- Charlie on Fiddle
The Devil Went Down to Georgia
The South's Gonna Do It Again (with the Outlaws and the Marshall Tucker Band)

Notice that Charlie played a few songs from the Full Moon album, including Money, which was a first for me to hear in concert.

Also worth mentioning was the incredible drum solo by Pat McDonald in Floreeda Road. Pat is a maniac and it is amazing to see him work the skins in such a large venue that seemed to tax their ample sound system. Not to take anything from the rest of the band, but to see people unable to keep their seats for a drum solo was quite something. It proved why the CDB doesn't need two drummers when this one can play as well as any three, and stats from the US Geological Survey registered it a 4.7 on the Richter Scale. Fans are looking forward to the release of the CD with a studio version of Floreeda Road and another Chris Wormer vehicle -- The Flight of the Bumblebee. That should be interesting!

The show wrapped up with Charlie bringing all three bands together to play the CDB standard The South's Gonna Do It Again, and it was like watching a nuclear bomb detonate with all the musicians playing at once.

It was the closest thing to a Southern Rock Symphony that Northern California has heard.

Hopefully, it won't be the last.

More pictures of the event. are available here.

Monday, June 04, 2007

CD opines on God, politics and Bob Dylan

Busted: Charlie Daniels

The country music legend opines on God, politics and Bob Dylan

Interview by Fr. Dave Dwyer CSP

He's a born again Christian who made his name in the 1970s with a song about the devil. He's also a "Long Haired Country Boy" who is fiercely patriotic. Charlie Daniels' 40-plus year career has never been short on contradictions so it came as no surprise that the Grammy-winning perfomer also wasn't short on opinions either.

Daniels recently sat down for an interview with Fr. Dave Dwyer during Fr. Dave's daily "BustedHalo Show" on Sirius Satellite radio.

BustedHalo: Now I know the tradition you were raised in was not Catholic, but you’ve got an experience of Catholicism.

Charlie Daniels: Yes, I do and it was a very special experience, and it was Easter a year ago. We had gone to Iraq to entertain the troops and we were there Easter Sunday and inside the wire at Talil airbase is the ancient city of Ur. Where Abraham is from. There’s a pagan temple there that’s like four thousand years old. Within the city, or course when Saddam Hussein was in power, nobody could go in. I think it was an English archeologist who had gone in there before Saddam had taken over and located, as best they could, the house of Abraham and they had restored the foundation. In other words, you could tell how big it was, how many rooms it had and everything. But a chaplain took us around over there on a Saturday afternoon and I found out that we were going to have a Catholic Easter sunrise service over the next morning at Abraham’s house, and we went and there were so many people. It was pretty neat being in there on Easter, knowing that the patriarch of the Jewish nation—the race of our lord and savior Jesus Christ —had lived there.

BH: In addition to all your projects, you’re still touring, your book came out a few days ago that you helped edit. But you’re a big proponent on your soap box blog of free speech and freedom of religious expression. Tell us a bit about that. What gets you on your soap box?

CD: Well back when we started our website, one of the guys who helped set it up for us told me ‘You’re very opinionated. Why don’t we start a column where you express your opinion.’ And I started doing it weekly, and then it got a little more readership, so then I started doing it twice a week. I like to write about anything, I write about politics or going shopping with my wife which, in fact, turned out to be two cuts above getting root canal done, so sometimes it’s silly, sometimes it’s very serious. But one of the things I get very serious about is religion. It seems the ACLU and a few other organizations are constantly trying to crush any symbolism or any expression of Christianity, much more so than any other religion, it seems that Buddhism doesn’t bother them, Islam doesn’t bother them, any other religion. But any time you put a cross up, or a creche, or…

BH: The Ten Commandments.

CD: …anything that symbolizes the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, there is an objection to it and I don’t like that. I really get up in arms about it. And I’ve written some pretty strident things about the ACLU and the United Nations.

BH: Well I’ve often said in homilies and such that it feels like one of the principles upon which this country was founded was the freedom of religion and somehow that has morphed into the freedom from religion. That we can never mention religion in the public sphere, and that’s certainly not what the founding fathers had in mind, and if somebody’s deciding to go in that direction we should probably all vote on that, huh?

CD: Well, yeah, if you read the Constitution, it doesn’t say that. People talk about separation of Church and state is not in the Constitution, that was in a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote that had even at that time was not meant to mean that, but it says that congress shall pass no law concerning religion, is the exact terminology.

"Dylan said ‘I don’t want another guitar player, I want him.’ And that was the turning point in my have those words come out of Bob Dylan’s mouth, that made you feel like you’re really worth something.
You need a little self worth once in a while, you need a little pat on the back."

BH: It seems like these days, as you’re pointing out, that a lot of people are moving towards the prohibition of expression.

CD: Well it was meant to protect the Church from the government. Not the government from the Church. When the forefathers came over they never meant ours to be a Godless society, by any stretch of the imagination. If we talk about our federal papers, and what our forefathers intended for this to be, well they came here to practice their religion in a way that they saw fit, whatever it happened to be. So I think we’re off on the wrong road there.

BH: Yeah, and it sounds like your soap box is a place where people can hear more about that. It’s Charlie Daniels

CD: It’s I update it twice a week usually on Friday and Monday.

BH: You’ve played with some great artists over the past 40 years can you tell us some of your memories of those experiences?

CD: Bob Dylan came to town doing an album called, “Nashville Skyline” and being a huge Dylan fan, a friend of mine was producing the sessions, a guy named Bob Johnston, and I was trying to make it as studio musician in Nashville and was working in a night club to make a living. I said [to Johnston] you got to let me play on a Dylan session so I can always say that I played with the great Bob Dylan. So he had me come in one afternoon and I played on some songs. And I was packing my instruments about to leave to go to my club gig, and Bob Dylan asked the producer, ‘where’s he going?’ Johnston told him I was leaving and that he had another guitar player coming in. Dylan said ‘I don’t want another guitar player, I want him.’ And that was the turning point in my life basically because after being low man on the totem pole in Nashville for so long and to have nobody really paying any attention, to have those words come out of Bob Dylan’s mouth, that made you feel like you’re really worth something. You need a little self worth once and a while, you need a little pat on the back once and while you know.

BH: Now, you’ve got a Grammy award, I’ve always wondered, is it heavy?

CD: No it’s not.

BH: Because it looks like a little Victrola. I wonder if they’re going to keep the same shape now that nobody knows that this looks like a Gramophone.

CD: I don’t think anybody’s known what that thing’s looked like for the last forty years.

BH: It should look like an iPod or something.

CD: But it wouldn’t be a Grammy, it would be a poddy, I guess

BH: (laughs) Well it’s time to go poddy I guess. Thank you for joining us here on the BustedHalo Show.

CD: It was a pleasure sir. I had a great time, and I thank you for having me on. Maybe we'll do it again someday.

BH: That would be great. Many of our listeners are truckers on the road and you’re on Sirius’s road channel, right?

CD: I’m the voice of the Road Dog channel.

BH: There you go! And now the voice of the Catholic Channel.

CD: I can do that.

BH: (laughter) Well God Bless and good luck with the many ways that you will be speaking out on behalf of the church and Christians.

Fr. Dave Dwyer CSP is the Director of Paulist Young Adult Ministry and the host of the "BustedHalo Show" on Sirius satellite radio.

Thanks to for the pointer.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Volunteer Jam DVD Review

Music DVD Review: The Charlie Daniels Band Volunteer Jam

Written by Richard Marcus
Published May 04, 2007

Back in the early 1970's there was a rebirth of sorts that happened in Rock and Roll music in the United States. Rock and Roll got its birth in the United States in the South when people like Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis started to combine the country music they grew up listening to, with the Blues music that Black people were playing all around them.

The resulting Sun Records recordings were nothing short of revolutionary in the impact they had on popular music in the States. In those days the business of Rock and Roll was still pretty innocent. There weren't many marketing executives around then packaging performers and pasting label on their music. I mean how could you have a cross over hit between Country and Rock and Roll when that's exactly what you're playing, Country and Rock and Roll.

I don't think those original Sun Record touring shows of Elvis, Jerry Lee, Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Johnny Cash, and whoever else they crammed into the cars and buses that took them around, were even called Rock and Roll shows. If anything they toured under the banner of Sun Records and the name of the sponsor.

Even though all of them were from well below the Mason Dixon line, calling what they did something like Southern Rock was as alien to them as calling it Afro-Cuban. Twenty years later one could see how much the industry had changed when a group of bands who had far less in common musically than the groups from Sun Records did, were lumped together as Southern Rock.

Charlie Daniels, of The Charlie Daniel Band, in an interview done this year for the release of the DVD of his 1975 Volunteer Jam, made the same point. He said that while they may all have been born in the same part of the world, The Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, and Z. Z. Top never played music that could have been call similar. He could never understand why they were all called Southern Rock.

That being said, because they were all from the same part of the world, friendships struck up between the bands. So when the Charlie Daniels Band was doing its second "Volunteer Jam" in 1975 the invited guests included The Marshall Tucker Band, a couple of friends from the Allman Brothers and a variety of friends from other bands like Wet Willie.

In 1974 the Charlie Daniels Band needed to record a couple of songs for an upcoming album in a live situation, so they rented a small hall in Nashville Tennessee, invited some of their friends along to have fun after they had laid down the tracks they needed for the album. They called it Volunteer Jam in honour of the state of Tennessee whose slogan is, The Volunteer State.

That first one was so successful, that they decided to do it again in 1975, this time in their hometown of Murfreesboro Tennessee. The concert was made into a feature film and released in 1976 called Volunteer Jam. Now twenty – one years later it is being released on DVD for the first time.

In 1975 Charlie Daniels and his band were riding high on the strength of their hits "Long Haired Country Boy", "No Place To Go", and "The South's Gonna Do It (Again)" and were able to attract large audiences, especially in the South. So when the Volunteer Jam was announced it quickly sold out a 14,000-seat arena

For anybody who wants to see the epitome of good classic 70's rock roll, watching the DVD Volunteer Jam should be required viewing. Multiple guitars, keyboards, elaborate bass playing, and lots of drums were all staples of the period. The music is loud, rowdy, and live; you won't see any sign of a drum machine or tape loops on this stage.

The only costume anybody is wearing is blue jeans and the occasional cowboy hat. There's no elaborate stage show, only stacks and stacks of speakers. The music is being played by people who love what they're doing and it shows in how much they appreciate each other's efforts and the amount of pure fun that they're having.

What was even better was that nobody fell into the Rock God trap that was too common in those days and went off into twenty-minute solo. Everybody, including the special guests, played like they were members of a band, and the band's performance was the priority not their own egos.

It doesn't mean that these people aren't gifted players, because they are, in fact, I had forgotten how good the members of The Charlie Daniels Band are. From the bass player who can play any style demanded of him, the guitarist who can somehow make his instrument sound like a fiddle without a synthesizer so he can do a fiddle duet with Charlie, the piano player who plays piano not keyboards, the drummers who can keep time and be elaborate, and Charlie who plays an amazing violin and not bad slide guitar.

If there's a drawback or an unfortunate part of this disc it's the fact that it was originally shot on film back in 1975. There's only so much you can do with digital transfer techniques for sound and picture quality, so occasionally neither are what you'd what them to be. But considering the fact it was a live concert twenty-two years ago you can't really complain.

The one thing that did bother me was nowhere on the packaging, or on the disc are there band credits. They list the names of all the performers, but I couldn't have told Dru Lombar from Jimmy Hall if my life depended on it. At the least they could have supplied a song-by-song breakdown of who did what in the liner notes, or added on credits at the end of DVD to that effect.

But aside from that, there isn't much to complain about with Volunteer Jam; it may not be Southern Rock, but it sure is a great example of classic 1970's Rock and Roll.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Charlie Painted a Legend by APHA

APHA Awards Special Honors to Country Music Legend Charlie Daniels
Equestrian News Release

FORT WORTH, Texas —The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) recently awarded renowned country music entertainer Charlie Daniels with its Legendary Achievement Award.

Daniels was honored for his work over the past 25 years in breeding American Paint Horses and spotlighting their beauty, versatility and athletic talents. APHA also issued him a lifetime membership certificate.

“Charlie Daniels, his associates at the Twin Pines Ranch, and the American Paint Horses that have been a part of the ranch’s legacy will forever hold highest honors with the American Paint Horse Association,” said APHA President Richard Cox.

The prestigious APHA award came during an April 17 media day at the Charlie Daniels Band recording studio on the Twin Pines Ranch in Lebanon, Tenn. That event is a special annual kick-off for the Charlie Daniels’ Twin Pines Ranch Rodeo, sponsored by the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club. Proceeds from that rodeo benefit a variety of Exchange Club projects, including a family center dedicated to preventing child abuse through education and support services.
Daniels donated one of his prized APHA colts, TP Titan, to the Exchange Club to help raise additional funds for the charity.

APHA joined in the support of the worthy cause and announced its corporate sponsorship of the Charlie Daniels’ Twin Pine Ranch Rodeo.

“We feel privileged to be able to join Charlie as he, in turn, helps the community with his generosity and good works,” said Cox. “We’re also proud to call Charlie Daniels a great ambassador for the American Paint Horse breed and to present this special achievement award to him.”

A long supporter of Paints and APHA, Daniels recently said, “For years my favorite working ranch horse was an APHA mare, Rialto's Lady, but was affectionately known as ‘Fat Gal.’

“She headed and heeled, broke brush gathering cattle, made a great turn-back horse in the cutting pen, and her Tobiano Paint pattern made her stand out in the pasture.

“Due to Fat Gal’s legacy, there are a number of APHA horses on the Pines,” Daniels said. “Everyone comments on the color in the pastures. Although our bloodlines reflect cutting and working cowhorses, I like the way the APHA promotes the versatility of the breed and gives owners so many ways to show and enjoy their Paints.

“We hear from customers that some of our former ranch horses are winning in endurance, Western pleasure, trail and even English,” Daniels said.
“I appreciate the horses and the great job the APHA has done in supporting and promoting the breed.”

More information about APHA and Paint Horses
APHA is one of the largest and most popular horse breed registries in the world. More than 40,000 horses are registered each year at APHA headquarters in Fort Worth, and the association sponsors a variety of fun activities for Paint Horse riders all over the world. In fact, APHA sanctions more than 1,200 Paint Horse shows annually.

APHA, a non-profit organization, prides itself on community involvement and educating the public about the beauty and talent of the American Paint Horse breed.

More about the Charlie Daniels Twin Pines Ranch
For more information on the Charlie Daniels Twin Pines Ranch, visit

PHOTO: Charlie Daniels and Twin Pines Brenda Lee.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Charlie Daniels on Don Imus

Charlie Daniels on Don Imus : Great American Country
April 13, 2007 — Charlie Daniels was at a Nashville bookstore Wednesday night signing copies of Growing Up Country, a compilation of essays on the subject that he edited.

Since Charlie has been accused of political incorrectness once or twice WKRN's Brad Schmitt asked him about the Don Imus controversy.

'I am very dead set against what Don Imus said,' Charlie said. 'I think it's terrible.'

But, he added, the critics of the radio personality should cast a wider net. 'While we're at it, let's get with the rappers, let's get with the other people that say things like this with impunity,' he said. 'If we're gonna persecute one guy, let's persecute 'em all.' "

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Charlie Daniels donates horse for bid

The Murfreesboro Post, April 10, 2007 - 4:54 PM:

Country music entertainer Charlie Daniels has donated one of his prize American Paint Horse Association Colts, TP Titan, to the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club to assist them in raising funds for their many worth-while projects including the Rutherford County Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Charlie's Twin Pines Ranch is a working operation that has been breeding and raising American Quarter Horse Association and APHA horses for over 25 years. Born March 18, 2005 on Charlie's Twin Pines Ranch, TP Titan is AQHA King Fritz bred on the top side and Triple's Titan bred on the bottom and is registered with the American Paint Horse Association. TP Titan is well halter broke, been gelded and is ready to start under saddle.

Further information and photos of his sire and dam may be found at

To enter your sealed bid for TP Titan, valued at $2,000, visit Beaman Dodge at 1705 S. Church Street, Murfreesboro. Charlie's American Paint Horse, TP Titan will be awarded to the highest bidder at the Charlie Daniels’ Twin Pines Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, April 28 at 10 pm.

The Rodeo is organized by the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club and sponsored by Beaman Dodge and Dodge Rodeo. Place your bid at the Rodeo on Friday or Saturday, April 27 & 28 or send your sealed bid to:
Sealed Bid, Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club, P.O.Box 941, Murfreesboro, TN 37133—0941.

Gates for the rodeo will open at 6 p.m. with the rodeo beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 at MTSU Livestock Center. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 11. Box seats are available for $60 in advance by calling 641-0121. Each box seats six people.

The rodeo is presented by the Noon Exchange Club.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

In case you missed it: VOLUNTEER JAM TOUR 2007 ANNOUNCED

Charlie Daniels - News


Charlie Daniels, leader of the Charlie Daniels Band, has announced the legendary Volunteer Jam Tour will, once again, hit cities all across America.

The Volunteer Jam started back in 1974 when Daniels wanted to record Fire On The Mountain in front of a live audience. The War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville set the stage as Daniels' friends joined in on a "jam" that year. The jam has been going ever since.

The Charlie Daniels Band Volunteer Jam Tour 2007 will feature The Marshall Tucker Band along with The Outlaws and kicks off April 28th in Valdosta, Georgia, where it will continue through Oklahoma City, Tampa, Birmingham, Nashville, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and many other cities to soon be announced.

April 28 - Valdosta, GA - Wild Adventures
May 4 - Thackerville, OK - Winstar Casino
May 5 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre
May 11 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
May 12 - West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amphitheatre
May 18 - Birmingham, AL - Verizon Wireless Music Center
May 19 - Nashville, TN - Starwood Amphitheatre
May 31 - Denver, CO - City Lights Pavilion
June 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
June 2 - Las Vegas, NV - The Aladdin Theatre
June 3 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion
June 7 - Pala, CA - The Starlight Theatre
June 8 - Chula Vista, CA - Coors Amphitheatre
June 9 - Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor Resort
June 10 - Mountainview, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 20 - St. Clairsville, OH - Jamboree In The Hills
July 27 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center
July 28 - Wallingford, CT - Chevrolet Theatre

Daniels career as a professional musician began in the 1950's with the Misty Mountain Boys and he went on to form The Charlie Daniels Band in 1970. He has recorded countless hits, has sold over 18 million albums in his career, won numerous awards and has millions of fans around the world. He won the Grammy for Best Country Vocal for his classic "Devil Went Down to Georgia."

The Charlie Daniels Band "Volunteer Jam" 2007 is being booked exclusively by William Morris Agency.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Charlie Nagatani vs. Charlie Daniels

"He just blew us away when we saw him the first time," said the legendary country singer and fiddle player Charlie Daniels, who headlined this year's Country Gold ... "He came up on stage and bowed and looked very Japanese, and then he jumped right into 'I Walk the Line' and sounded just perfect."

January 5, 2007
Japanese country fans hold annual hoedown
KUMAMOTO, Japan (AP) - Yoshinao Tsuji has just one regret in life. He wanted to be born a cowboy.
He has the gear. The black leather chaps, order-made by Navajos in Arizona. He's got the turquoise accessories. The boots, the big Stetson hat. For one month every year, he lives on a dude ranch.
"I love everything about horses," he says, insisting on being called "Johnnie." "If only I wasn't a city boy from Kyoto."
Johnnie isn't alone.
Cowboys and cowgirls from across Japan turned out by the thousands recently for "Country Gold," an annual event in the foothills of Mount Aso, a southern Japan landmark, that has become probably the biggest homage to the Wild West this side of Tucson.
The show had all the fixings of a real hoedown.
Miss Montana Rodeo had her own tent, where she spent the day signing autographs. There was a grub wagon, selling barbecue and beans on tin plates, an advertisement for recently un-banned American beef imports. And there was enough Jack Daniels flowing to fill a pool.
"It's amazing," Chris Wormer, a guitar player with the Charlie Daniels Band, said as he looked out from the stage into a sea of cowboy hats and bright bandanas. "These people are really into it."
Japan's country crowd is a decidedly older bunch.
The music is a big draw but many of Japan's Western wannabes say they were captured by country because they grew up on Western movies when they were kids, which places the demographic firmly in the 50-plus range.
"I just couldn't get enough of the Westerns," Johnnie, who is 63 and wears a long gray goatee, said as he saddled up his ride for a trot around the venue. "I knew that was the life for me."
Another factor in the Japanese country scene's small but devoted following is the tireless effort of one man - "Charlie" Nagatani, who founded the Country Gold festival 18 years ago and, with his band, the "Cannonballs," is this country's top country singer.
That isn't really saying much.
Nagatani isn't exactly a household name. Though he's been playing country since 1956, he only has one CD, and it didn't make much of a dent in the charts.
"I think it sold maybe 5,000 copies," he said. "That's total."
But Nagatani knows how to throw a good shindig.
This year's Country Gold event, held in an open-air arena 560 miles southwest of Tokyo, drew about 20,000 people.
"This isn't just a Japan thing anymore," Nagatani said at a welcoming party in his "saloon," called - what else? - Good Time Charlie's, where he regularly plays shows before a few dozen fans, on a good night.
"This is now a major country-music event."
Despite his obscurity in the mainstream music scene, Nagatani is about as close to the real deal as a Japanese country singer can get.
He has played 16 shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, toured the United States numerous times, done shows for American troops fighting in Vietnam, performed for Japanese royalty and was named the 1998 International Promoter of the Year by the Country Music Awards.
He claims to be an honorary citizen of 33 states.
"He just blew us away when we saw him the first time," said the legendary country singer and fiddle player Charlie Daniels, who headlined this year's Country Gold along with the girl band Cowboy Crush and the Grascals, an up-and-coming bluegrass troupe. "He came up on stage and bowed and looked very Japanese, and then he jumped right into 'I Walk the Line' and sounded just perfect."
Of course, no hoedown would be complete without line dancing, and several hundred line dancers - many well into their 70s - converged on Country Gold.
"I love the music, I love turquoise, and I love the look," said Chihiro Hall, who brought a team of line dancers halfway across Japan from Yokohama, which is just south of Tokyo. Her American husband, Eugene - a civilian contractor in Iraq - made a point of taking vacation so that he could be there, too.
"It's a great time," he said, beer in hand.