Sunday, October 10, 2010

CHARLIE DANIELS Drops in on Widespread Panic

Southern Rocker, CHARLIE DANIELS Drops in on Widespread Panic

MUSIC NEWS- Legendary southern rocker, Charlie Daniels rocked the house last night (October 6) in Nashville when the legendary musician joined jam-band Widespread Panicat the historic RymanAuditorium.  Daniels surprised the sold out audience when he appeared on stage, fired up his fiddle and jammed on “Ain’t Life Grand,” “Who Do You Belong To” and “When You Coming Home.”  The crowd roared throughout and remained on their feet, giving the performance a standing ovation.

Daniels was invited byWidespread Panic to perform with them on their third night of sold out shows in Nashville.  Daniels said, “I was honored to be asked to play with WSP.  It was a fun night of jammin' with a group of great musicians.”

( Pictured l to r: WSP’s Jimmy Herring, Daniels, WSP’s John Bell.  Photo: Dean Tubb)

The Charlie Daniels Band continues their tour in support of the band's current release,Land That I Love, on Blue Hat Records/E1 Entertainment.  The band’s signature song, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” was released back in 1979 and continues to be in demand.  

WSP has a tradition of allowing taping of their shows, so it's all archived online. Here's this show and Charlie comes in during the second set.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Charlie Daniels, Unsung Singing Hero

Charlie Daniels, Unsung Singing Hero

By L. Brent Bozell (Archive) · Friday, September 10, 2010

It was some 30 years ago when I first caught a Charlie Daniels concert. He was the backup to the Marshall Tucker Band at the old Capital Centre outside Washington, D.C., and that night, he stole the show. When he finished his blazing set, the audience erupted and brought him back for an encore. When the Marshall Tucker Band finished their rather good performance, it made no difference -- the capacity crowd roared for yet another performance from Charlie Daniels."

It's a metaphor for his life. At a time when he should deservedly be disappearing into the shadows, he's back -- with the crowd roaring once again. Despite recovering from a stroke and nearing his 74th birthday, Charlie still plays about 100 concerts per year, including Sean Hannity's "Freedom Concerts" to benefit the children of our fallen and disabled U.S. soldiers through Ollie North's Freedom Alliance. So much has Charlie become ingrained in the "Freedom Concerts" (he performed in all eight shows this year) and in the effort to support our military worldwide that he deserves his own tribute. He is America's unsung singing hero.

It would be nice if patriotism were in style in the music industry. It is so in the country music universe, but in other circles, there is no quicker way to become a pop culture pariah than following this path. Months after 9/11, ABC anchor Peter Jennings scratched out country singer Toby Keith from an Independence Day special because his songs were deemed too "mean" in their anger at our attackers. NBC put on country singer Steve Earle to sing sympathetically about American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh and his prayers for martyrdom. The Dixie Chicks publicly declared their embarrassment with President Bush for his declaration of war against terrorism and were hailed by the elites. That's what one does to earn accolades.

In recent years, I've come to know Charlie Daniels personally, enough so that I can say with confidence that this man just isn't looking for tributes. One gets the feeling that at his age, having accomplished so much, he just doesn't need them. He does it because he loves America and wants to honor the military by performing at the "unique and heartwarming" freedom concerts to entertain crowds full of "hard-working, God-fearing patriotic folks, the salt-of-the-earth middle Americans who have fought our wars, raised good citizens and kept the wheels of progress moving forward in this nation for over 200 years."

"Patriotism to me is always in style, but now -- especially now -- we need a little shot in the arm," he says.

He remembers that it can take a catastrophe to make people remember their common national bond: "9/11 was definitely a wakeup call to everybody about our country and about how precious it is -- about what can happen here and what did happen here. It never happened here before, and it showed we're a lot more vulnerable than we used to be. So as we go along, we forget about those pictures of the planes crashing into the trade towers and all the things that went on that day."

In 2006, CBS "Early Show" weatherman Dave Price asked him why at his age he was performing for soldiers in Iraq. Charlie's answer was precious: "I can't carry a gun ... you know, I can't fight, but I can darn sure carry a guitar and pick, so that's why I'm here." On CBS last year, Price recalled, "With all the great acts that are generous enough to give their time, when Charlie Daniels steps in front of these soldiers and sailors and Marines, it's like ... unreal."

The Charlie Daniels Band has performed for U.S. troops all over the world, not just in Iraq, but everywhere from Germany and Bosnia to South Korea to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Their brand-new album, "Land That I Love," underlines a strong theme in Charlie's music. That's a snapshot of his career, an apt description of a love affair with his country that he has expressed in music for over a half-century.

He was welcomed into the Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2009. The Opry honor was announced while he was working for charity again, picking and fiddling for the Christmas for Kids benefit at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Martina McBride walked on stage with a small gift box containing the honor.

But Charlie has brought a much larger basket of gifts to this country and its fighting men and women. He deserves every honor that comes his way. Those of us who can consider Charlie Daniels a friend are honored that way.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New CDB Album Land That I Love is Available Now

The Charlie Daniels Band released Land That I Love today. It's available everywhere now.

Tracks include:

My Beautiful America
America, I Believe In You
American Farmer
Let Freedom Ring
(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks
This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag
Still In Saigon
The Last Fallen Hero
In America
Star Spangled Banner
Freedom And Justice For All
Iraq Blues
Simple Man
Red Skelton's Pledge Of Allegiance
Summer Of 68'

Friday, June 18, 2010

Charlie Daniels hosts 'America’s Opry Weekend Star-Spangled Special'

Charlie Daniels fans will get a chance to spend Independence Day weekend with the country/Southern rock mainstay, at least via radio.

He's set to host the America’s Opry Weekend Star-Spangled Special, which will feature live Grand Ole Opry performances, current country hits and patriotic tunes (expect music from the likes of Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and the host).

The special is a fitting lead-up to Daniels' upcoming release: He'll issue a compilation dubbed Land That I Love on August 10, with patriotic songs and two new tunes, 'What This World Needs is a Few More Rednecks' and 'Iraq Blues' (those new songs will also be made available digitally on July 4)."

Charlie Daniels hosts 'America’s Opry Weekend Star-Spangled Special

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Programmers interested in the America's Opry Weekend Star-Spangled Special should contact Sue Falco at Westwood One at (212) 641-2012 or America's Opry Weekend presents top artists' performances from the Opry stage each week. The show is serviced by Westwood One and airs on country radio stations across the country and on the Armed Forces Radio Network.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Charlie at the CMAs

In case you missed it here's Charlie and some other unknowns at the CMAs this year.

Monday, March 15, 2010

For you and your wife: Charlie Daniels and Amy Grant

Charlie Daniels, Amy Grant, Kix Brooks, Gretchen Wilson and some other folks are playing an acoustic set at Lipscomb University in Nashville next Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 pm. The keynote speaker is General Tommy Franks, whose boot led the butt kicking in Afghanistan.

The event, called Operation Yellow Ribbon, is an effort to raise tuition money for veterans.

It's about $14 after ticketmaster gets their share. More information about the event is available at the Operation Yellow Ribbon site:

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Charlie's soapbox: Different Strokes

Click here to read Charlie's own account of the stroke he suffered on January 15th:

Not good news: Charlie suffers stroke

Despite the condition, the country legend will not cancel any shows.
John Hall
Charlie Daniels suffered a mild stroke this past Friday while snowboarding* in Colorado. The country music star noticed his left hand getting numb after getting off his snowmobile. When the left side of his face began growing numb as well, he quickly descended the mountain to check into Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango.

By the time Daniels had checked in to Mercy Regional, he had lost so much coordination he had to be escorted in by wheelchair.

After initial treatments to loosen the blood clot, Daniels was airlifted to the Swedish Medical Center in Denver where tests confirmed that he had a stroke. He was released last Sunday.

Daniels, moved by the incident, recommended afterward that anyone believing they might be experiencing a stroke not procrastinate. "You only have three hours from the time you feel a stroke coming on," said Daniels. "Don't play with your life, get help."

*Note: He was snowmobiling.