Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Sen. Frist hitches hopes to NASCAR

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Sen. Frist hitches hopes to NASCAR: "During a two-day stay, he attended the drivers' meeting, worshipped at the chapel service that followed, quizzed crew chiefs about the science of tire pressure as he sauntered down pit road and watched a Charlie Daniels concert."

I know it's politickin', but at least he went!

What a way to go - CDB to perfom at a funeral. Sort of.

A lesson in dying: "Sandwiched in between are a few choice words from Cannon himself, recitations of poetry and a recording of the Charlie Daniels Band playing 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia.'

'I love it!' Cannon said with a laugh, as he cranked up the volume to fully appreciate the tune about a young fiddler named Johnny battling -- and besting the devil for a golden fiddle. 'Atta boy, Johnny!"

This is the story of a man in Virginia diagnosed with colon cancer who's prepared his own funeral tape. He plans on having the CDB play at his funeral.

There's a good message here: Make your own funeral mix with Charlie on it now, and oh yeah, help somebody.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Warmth on a cool night courtesy of the head honcho of the CDB

TimesDispatch.com | MUSIC REVIEW: Charlie Daniels Band: "MUSIC REVIEW: Charlie Daniels Band BY TOM NETHERLAND"
Round about 7:30 Wednesday night, Charlie Daniels sat and smiled. About 25 lucky fans crammed into a tiny trailer and scored autographs and snapshots with the ever-affable legend with the Santa Claus smile. He looked as happy to meet them as they were to meet him.

Meanwhile, a crowd of about 6,000 hearty souls braved occasional rain and subsequent mud in wait of the Charlie Daniels Band's annual show at Innsbrook. They didn't wait long.

Daniels signed his last signature and ambled to the stage. In his white cowboy hat, boots, blue shirt, jeans and belt buckle as large as a Lincoln, Daniels looked like a country king ready to face his folks.

Yes, his folks. Blue-collar Americans with dirt under the fingernails and drive in their bones. Not just any fan would sit and soak up the rain.

With guitar -- Sunburst Gibson Les Paul -- strapped on, the 68-year-old Southern rocking country boy took the stage at 8 sharp. For 90 minutes and through 35 years of hits, Daniels boogied and bared his soul one song at a time.

Dark clouds hovered low, but the rain went elsewhere. Early on, Daniels reached back to 1974 for "Trudy." Hat shading his eyes, the barrel-bellied North Carolinian leaned in on the sizzling Southern rocker and would have brought the house down had he been in one. In sports parlance, Daniels brought his A-game.

Hot off last weekend's appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, Daniels was still going as if playing to an Opry crowd. From a sinewy-to-scalding "Legend of Wooley Swamp" smack dab through the show-capping "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Daniels played like Shaquille O'Neal slamming home one dunk after another.

He prefaced his indelibly relevant "Simple Man" ("We tell our kids to just say no, then some panty waist judge lets a drug dealer go") with a statement on where he stands.

"I make it my business to be as dad-blamed politically incorrect as I can be," Daniels said. "I think the lowest form of life on this planet is a child molester, and that the only good terrorist is a dead terrorist."

Daniels later thrilled the throng with what must have been his many-thousandth performances of "Long Haired Country Boy" and "The South's Gonna Do It (Again)." Enthusiasm sprang forth from his gut and through his fingers on the latter, alighting his fiddle and the crowd alike.

Ah, warmth on a cool night courtesy of the head honcho of the CDB.

Read the full review at the link above. Tom's got it going on! I don't know what part of this article is my favorite. The Charlie playing like Shaq dunks line paints a pretty good picture, but so does the description of Charlie as a country king facing his folks. The great part is you can experience this from Richmond to Redding. Great review!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Charlie Daniels Set To Appear On Fox News Channel

Charlie Daniels Set To Appear On Fox News Channel @ Top40-Charts.com - 40 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 25 Countries: "Charlie Daniels will appear this Sunday, May 29, 2005, on Fox Magazine. The special segment will feature Daniels' personal account of his recent visit to Baghdad where he performed in 9 separate shows for more than 15,000 soldiers. 'I wish that all Americans could spend just one day among the brave men and women who defend this country in Iraq and Afghanistan,' says Daniels.
'They live in constant danger…in dusty, desolate desert camps…they wear body armor in sweltering weather and they're all missing their loved ones. My trip only re-enforced what I already knew, our troops are the finest in the world. I can't even articulate my love and admiration for them but I can share my experience with the Americans who want to hear the story.' "


FOX Magazine airs every Sunday night at 11 PM ET / 10 PM CT. For additional information on FOX Magazine, please visit www.foxnews.com/foxmagazine


The Charlie Daniels Band will also appear this Memorial Day Weekend as a special guest/host on Great American Country's Memorial Day Military Dedication Show (Saturday, May 28: 9:00am -10:00am / Sunday, May 29: 9:00am-10:00am / Monday, May 30: 9:00am-10:00am and again at 11:00PM)

'I continue to be in awe of our fellow Americans who freely sacrifice their lives for us. There is no way to repay them for their gift of life other than to show my support. So, this weekend, that's what I intend to do,' adds Daniels.

In addition to this weekend's television appearances, the Charlie Daniels Band is currently touring in support of his current album SONGS FROM THE LONGLEAF PINES (a Gospel Bluegrass Collection) featuring gospel favorites such as 'Walking In Jerusalem (Just Like John),' 'How Great Thou Art,' and the instrumental 'I'll Fly Away.'
For more information on the Charlie Daniels Band, visit www.charliedaniels.com.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Real Country Music :: Interview with Charlie Daniels

Real Country Music :: Interview with Charlie Daniels: "Charlie Daniels has always been his own boss."

Here's a nice little article that came out around the same time as the new bluegrass album, Songs From the Longleaf Pines.

Charlie Influences all kindza music, G: `hick-hop'

Herald.com | 05/15/2005 | Add a new term to the lexicon: `hick-hop':

Charlie influences all forms of music. Some dude from Dallas named Cowboy Troy listens to Charlie, and was influenced by "early forms of country-rap by Charlie Daniels (The Devil Went Down to Georgia) and Jerry Reed (She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)) -- 'they were called `recitations' back then.''"

Charlie also hick-hopped, or whatever you'd like to call it, through Uneasy Rider in 1973 and revisited it in 1988. A great example is Every Time I See Him which was an original on the Decade of Hits album.

As a side note, this article showed up again with a differenty byline here , where they referenced Amos Moses by Jerry Reed instead of the Goldmine song, which contains no recitation. Reed does say things in it like, "Lousiana law gonna getchya, Moses!" but they're more like exclamations than recitations. There is an entire sub-genre of country music that is nothing but recitations with songs like Hot Rod Lincoln and A Boy Named Sue, not to mention One Piece at a Time.

CMT Explores the Roots, Legacy and Artists of Southern Rock in 'AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS: SOUTHERN ROCK' June 4 on CMT

CMT Explores the Roots, Legacy and Artists of Southern Rock in 'AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS: SOUTHERN ROCK' June 4 on CMT: "'When you trace the roots [of rock music] you'll find it's all got a Southern accent to it,' comments Charlie Daniels of the Charlie Daniels Band who penned 'The South's Gonna Do It (Again)' as a tribute to fellow Southern Rockers."

Exclusive interviews with Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Johnny Van Zant, Billy Powell, Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke, Judy Van Zant, Doug Gray, Donnie Van Zant, Phil Walden, Charlie Daniels, and many more including friends, managers and journalists present the definitive story, in words and music, of the development of a uniquely American music.

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS: SOUTHERN ROCK premieres on Saturday, June 4 at 8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT* on CMT.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Site Upgrade

Hey dudes and chicks,

I'm upgrading the service that my site provider, uh, provides, and they warned me to backup my files. Problem is, some of the audio stored on the site is pretty big, and frankly I don't have enough local space to back up most of it. So hopefully, they won't screw it up. The plus side is that there will be plenty of room for more stuff when they're done!

Cool.

Matt

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Charlie's Perspective On Being Shot At By "Terrorist Trash"

Charlie's Soapbox "We were about five minutes from our landing over Baghdad when I heard a little ping under the amour plating on the floor of the helicopter. I thought it was just a creak in the equipment but all of a sudden the crew shot off flairs and I saw three spotlights shining up from the ground. It wasn’t clear what had happened until it was over, but somebody down there on the ground was shooting at us.

"There was a lively discussion about the evening’s events when we got on the ground.

"I know that God had his hand on us that night and throughout the trip. The prayers of God’s people back in America were kicking in, in a big way."


Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Charlie Daniels: Still Going Strong

Mark Weber, www.ChristianMusicMonthly.com: "Daniels, who is almost 70-years-old, continues to make vibrant music, even though he's already obtained legendary status in the music business. He says the golden rule "treat others how you want to be treated" is something he believes in. It's something he tries to put into practice on a daily basis. If he had to give advice to young people, he sums up what he's learned through the years succinctly: "Be honest, be yourself, trust God, and never give up." "

A Grief Observed

CDBfan Stories: "Unfortunetly, my oldest daughter was found dead in Florida March 8 04. I spent the spring and summer last year in a fog of grief, and don't remember much about it. After to returning to work, we recieved a fax to sponsor Charlie and the boys at Phat Cats. Charlie was coming to IOWA!!!!! I suddenly felt lifted, and busily began preparing for the show."

Another cool story by Cheryl Knight from KCZQ in Cresco, Iowa.

US Soldier in Iraq meets the CDB

CDBfan.com Stories: "He also said he had seen his first C.D.B. concert and had shaken the hand of Charlie. He was sending pic's. My son had asked me if I knew how old Charlie was. All I could tell him was i saw him with Marshall Tucker in New Orleans, La. back in 76 or 77 when I was in the navy."

Here's a link to the first of two cool stories about people who got to meet the CDB lately.

Monday, May 02, 2005

CHARLIE DANIELS TO PERFORM ON 'LATE, LATE SHOW'

CHARLIE DANIELS TO PERFORM ON 'LATE, LATE SHOW'
Charlie Daniels will perform “Preachin', Prayin', Singin'” from his new CD, Songs From the Longleaf Pines, Wednesday on CBS' Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The show airs at 12:35 a.m. EDT.

Daniels recently returned from a trip to Iraq to entertain U.S. troops. He will make a number of appearances on the West Coast this week to support the CD released by Blue Hat Records/Koch Records

This is the song with Ricky Skaggs on the CD. -- Matt

Update: The show will be taped tonight (Wednesday 5.4) but will air on Tuesday night, May 10. If you have Tivo, you might be able to schedule it online here.