Friday, June 30, 2006

CDB and Ribs on the 4th in Chi-town

Daniels, REO highlight lineup at Ribfest: "Somehow you could conjure up a Naperville metaphor from folk/ bluegrass legend Charlie Daniels – maybe because he now listens to a lot of his music on an iPod.

The former Grammy Award winner for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979, for The Devil Went Down to Georgia, said he even thought his son might help him with his mp3 player. He isn't surprised that his music has now reached three different generations.

'It doesn't surprise me, no. When you've been doing it as long as we have, you know you're going to do good music,' Daniels said."

No idea what the lead here means but there are some good quotes in the rest of the article!

Naperville metaphor? Charlie listens to an iPod? Nope, I still don't get it!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Charlie Daniels Band donates to Chocolate Classic

Charlie Daniels Band donates to Chocolate Classic: June 21, 2006
Valdosta, GA - Get your sweet tooth ready, it's time for Valdosta's Chocolate Classic. Valdosta residents are celebrating the arrival of the seventh annual chocolate classic. 'It's one of my favorite events! You get to sample all the wonderful chocolates by the area restaurants,'said Chocolate Classic Volunteer Dana Gavin.

Almost 600 people will gather to judge 16 vendors who will compete for best in show and best-tasting dessert. Last year's reigning dessert champion, Truffles, has been working for 7 days on their delicious creation for the classic. 'We do hope to win with truffles because we are truffles,' said Jane Dreitzler, owner of Truffles.

This year, however, the decadent desserts aren't the only guests of honor. The silent auction will feature some very popular items. '
We have many, many auction items, one of which we're proud to have here is a fiddle signed by Charlie Daniel's and a music book of 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' and a signed photo of Charlie Daniel's,' exclaimed Classic Volunteer Ralph Waller

A signed fiddle like this one recently auctioned off for 20 thousand dollars in Tennessee. 'We're hoping we'll have someone in Valdosta step up to the plate and really help a good cause," Waller added.

Chocolate Classic volunteers are hoping to raise upwards of twenty thousand dollars. All proceeds will go to Easter Seals to provide services for children and adults with disabilities. The event will start at 6 PM tomorrow night at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Charlie helps with new Monday Night Football theme

AP Wire | 06/09/2006 | Hank Williams Jr. to continue MNF anthem: "NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hank Williams Jr., who has sung the theme for ABC's 'Monday Night Football' since 1989, will continue the tradition next season on ESPN when the football institution moves to the cable network, show officials said Friday.

ESPN - which has an eight-year deal for the Monday-night rights - said in a statement that Williams will continue with a theme based on his hit 'All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.'

Williams will perform with a band that includes guitarists Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick and Steven Van Zandt from the E Street Band; keyboardists Little Richard and Bernie Worrell from Parliament Funkadelic; fiddler Charlie Daniels; and saxophonist Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band."

Pictures from the recording session can be seen here.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Charlie Daniels Band Opens CMA Music Festival

CMT.com : News : Charlie Daniels Band Opens CMA Music Festival: Thursday Morning Concert Also Showcases Blaine Larsen, Eric Church

By: Calvin Gilbert

Southern rock was in the air Thursday morning (June 8) when the Charlie Daniels Band kicked off the concerts at the CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville.

A cool breeze blew across the Cumberland River to the Riverfront Stages area where
fans gathered for four separate concerts featuring a combination of established acts and country music newcomers. With Shannon Brown, Eric Church, Jace Everett and Blaine Larsen joining Daniels for the Country Kickstart show, those performing later in the day included Rhett Akins, Tracy Byrd, Ashley Monroe, Jake Owen, the PovertyNeck Hillbillies, Kevin Sharp, the Bellamy Brothers, Cowboy Crush, the Grascals, Jamey Johnson, Mark Wills, Emerson Drive, Ty England, Luke Stricklin, Trick Pony, Chely Wright and Billy Yates.

Daniels and his band provided an energetic start to the festival that continues through Sunday (June 11). While placing the emphasis on the music, the outspoken Daniels applauded the U.S. military in Iraq for Wednesday's bombing that killed terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
"The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist," Daniels told the crowd before criticizing the news media for its portrayal of the U.S. war effort in Iraq. He added, "There's no way we're losing that war. We're winning that war in Iraq."

The fans responded to Daniels' political commentary but an even stronger response resulted from his set list that included hits such as "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye," "Long Haired Country Boy," "The South's Gonna Do It Again" and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

The music continues Thursday night at LP Field -- formerly known as the Coliseum -- for a show featuring Gary Allan, Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans, Pat Green, Little Big Town, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blake Shelton and Hank Williams Jr.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Daniels "bullies" his way into school

ESPN.com - PRORODEO - Daniels "bullies" his way into school: "COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Country music legend and Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund board member Charlie Daniels recently went back to school.

Daniels teamed with PRCA barrelman 'Starvin' Marvin Nash as part of the Bullying Hurts program, to bring awareness to the problem of bullies in schools. The event took place at McClain Christian Academy in Lebanon, Tenn., near Daniels' hometown of Mount Juliet.

Not only did Daniels and Nash speak to the students about how to handle bullies, but they also filmed scenes to be used in a music video to be released at the 110th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition in Phoenix (June 24-27).

The music video, which will feature the program's theme song 'Helping Hands,' written by singer/songwriter Jody Adams, will include Daniels as well as members of his family and his band's family. The video will also feature shots from Dildine School in Cheyenne, Wyo.

As another element, the footage will also be used as part of an upcoming series of public service announcements regarding the issue of bullying.

Daniels told the Wilson Post that he hopes part of the footage will be released in a 'music video'-type format for parents to show their children.

Nash, who has been a PRCA member since 1996, takes his program nationwide and reports that there are approximately 200 of his Bullying Hurts programs being used in 37 states, including Tennessee. "When I found out that 160,000 kids didn't go to school every day because of fear, intimidation and bullying, it just knocked me out," Daniels told the Wilson Post. "There definitely needs to be something done about it. I would support a program like this in every school in the nation."