Monday, January 28, 2008

Grand Ole Opry Inducts Charlie Daniels As Newest Member

NASHVILLE, TN. (Top40 Charts/ Grand Ole Opry) - Legendary country superstar Charlie Daniels was inducted into the world-famous Grand Ole Opry by Opry members Marty Stuart and Connie Smith.

Stuart welcomed Daniels into Opry membership, before a sold-out crowd, by saying, "The Opry is American and its reach is universal. A steady force in the midst of passing trends. The Opry is family. God Bless Charlie Daniels."

Daniels responded, "My Bible tells me God gives us the desires of our hearts and tonight the promise has come true." He then invited Stuart, Smith, Montgomery Gentry and Trace Adkins to join him on stage to perform "Will The Circle Be Unbroken."

During the induction which aired live on "Opry Live" on GAC: Great American Country, Daniels was also presented the Opry Member Award, a 14-inch bronze and oak wood replica of the Opry's vintage microphone stand designed by renowned sculptor Bill Rains.

"What a great night for the Opry," said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. "For five decades, Charlie Daniels has been sharing the many musical styles he performs so well with the world. We are truly proud to welcome him to our Opry family, and we look forward to the years ahead filled with great Charlie Daniels Band music on the Opry stage."

During Daniels' 50-year career, he has scored hits on the rock, country, pop and Christian charts and counts awards from the Country Music Association (CMA), Academy of Country Music (ACM), TNN/Music City News Awards, and the Gospel Music Association (GMA) among his many accolades. Born in Wilmington, NC, he was raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands, rhythm & blues, and country music from the radio, including Nashville's 650 WSM. His signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," topped both country and pop charts, bringing him international acclaim.

Daniels' current Blue Hat/Koch Records CD release, DEUCES, is his first duet album and features guest artists Travis Tritt; Bonnie Bramlett; Gretchen Wilson; Vince Gill; Earl, Gary & Randy Scruggs; Dolly Parton; Darius Rucker; The Del McCoury Band; Brenda Lee; Brooks & Dunn; Marty Stuart; Montgomery Gentry; and Brad Paisley.

From HHE

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

They're picking on Charlie

If you're a fan of bluegrass you've noticed an increase in the number bluegrass covers of pop songs. A band called Iron Horse was the first instance I'd ever heard of such a thing, when this little band replaced Metal with Mando and covered Metallica and Ozzy. The results were strangely listenable, and they've almost created a genre by now covering everything from Van Halen to Kansas.

Their label, CMH, has been in the business of cross pollinating music for a while now, and you can catch just about any twist on pop music there you can imagine.

In their catalogue a number was recently released that provides a bluegrass interpretation of country hits, called "Pickin' On Today's Ultimate Country Hits Volume 3," that contains a cover of a certain song by Mr. Charlie Daniels and his Band. It's an interesting take on an old favorite, and it stands out in the collection. I am not familiar with many of the other songs, but this is an interesting way to check out a song without the interference of celebrity personality to make you cringe and avoid it. Sorry, Bon Jovi, trying to sing country.

Here’s the tracklist:

1 I Love This Town (The Bluegrass Tribute to Bon Jovi)
2 I Told You So (The Bluegrass Tribute to Keith Urban)
3 Love Me If You Can (The Bluegrass Tribute to Toby Keith)
4 Everyday America (The Bluegrass Tribute to Sugarland)
5 Moments (The Bluegrass Tribute to Emerson Drive)
6 I Wanna Feel Something (The Bluegrass Tribute to Trace Adkins)
7 The Devil Went Down to Georgia (The Bluegrass Tribute to The Charlie Daniels Band)
8 Lost (The Bluegrass Tribute to Faith Hill)
9 Proud of the House We Built (The Bluegrass Tribute to Brooks & Dunn)
10 Life Is a Highway (The Bluegrass Tribute to Rascal Flatts)
11 Take Me There (The Bluegrass Tribute to Rascal Flatts)
12 Never Wanted Nothing More (The Bluegrass Tribute to Kenny Chesney)
13 As If (The Bluegrass Tribute to Sara Evans)
14 Online (The Bluegrass tribute to Brad Paisley)
15 All My Friends Say (The Bluegrass Tribute to Luke Bryan)

You can see more information about the album and get it here.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Charlie's Invitation to Join the Grand Old Opry



Charlie's official induction will be on January 19th.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Huckabee's band opened for Charlie

An interesting bit of information from the official Mike Huckabee for President site --

"Huckabee, 51, enjoys playing bass guitar in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, which has opened for artists such as Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band, and has played the House of Blues in New Orleans, the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO and for two presidential inauguration balls."

His band regularly covers Lynyrd Skynyrd and has also opened for .38 Special.

No word yet if the Huckabee Campaign Trail will overlap with the Volunteer Jam.

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Get Ready: Volunteer Jam '08. .38 Shooter!

Charlie Daniels taps Shooter Jennings, .38 Special for Volunteer Jam

January 3, 2008 11:01 AM
Charlie Daniels has nailed down a run of spring/summer dates for his annual Volunteer Jam tour, which will also feature fellow country rocker Shooter Jennings and .38 Special .

The outing is scheduled to launch April 11 with a two-night stand in Harris, MI, according to Jennings' website, which lists about 15 US shows from coast-to-coast through mid-August. The itinerary is included below.

The hard-touring Charlie Daniels Band also has dates scheduled in between and on either side of Volunteer Jam. Those can be found at Daniels' website.

The veteran performer, who is set to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Jan. 19, is supporting his latest album, "Deuces," which surfaced in October. The record features Daniels performing duets of his own hits as well as country, pop and R&B classics with stars including Brad Paisley, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton.

Jennings, also known for his relentless touring ethic, is currently spending time at home with his newborn daughter but expects to be back on the road next month. He is supporting his third album, "The Wolf," which hit the streets in October and debuted at No. 52 on The Billboard 200.

Veteran Southern rockers .38 Special also have their own dates scheduled around Volunteer Jam as they continue to tour their hits and support their latest set, 2004's "Drivetrain." The band's full schedule is listed at its website.

Daniels started Volunteer Jam in 1974 to record "Fire on the Mountain" in front of a live audience. The performer's friends joined in for a jam at that Nashville concert and the rest is history.

September saw the release of the "Volunteer Jam" DVD, which captures the classic Charlie Daniels Band lineup performing a 1975 concert featuring guest appearances by Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell of the Allman Brothers Band, Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie, Dru Lombar from Grinderswitch and the Marshall Tucker Band. Bonus features include a 2007 interview with Daniels.

[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist websites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]

Volunteer Jam dates:

April 2008
11-12 - Harris, MI - Island Resort and Casino
18 - West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amphitheater
19 - Cypress Gardens, FL - Cypress Gardens Adventure Park
26 - Kinder, LA - Coushatta Casino Pavilion

May 2008
3 - Sevierville, TN - Smokies Stadium
10 - Valdosta, GA - Wild Adventures
16 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
17 - Tuscumbia, AL - Alabama Music Hall of Fame
31 - Las Vegas, NV - Orleans Arena

June 2008
20 - Champion, PA - Seven Springs Mountain Resort
21 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion

July 2008
4 - Blue Ash, OH - Blue Ash Sports Center

August 2008
8 - Sedalia, MO - Missouri State Fair
9 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair
12 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair

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