The Charlie Daniels Band At The Celebrity Theatre In Phoenix, AZ
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
The Charlie Daniels Band performed
on December 11, 2014 at the Celebrity Theatre
in Phoenix, AZ
Charlie sang most of his hits and threw in a couple of Christmas songs.
The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Long Haired Country Boy, Simple Man, The South's Gonna Do
It Again, In America and The Legend of Wooley Swamp were all real crowd pleasers.
Daniels always thanks the military in his shows and it was a special moment went he said
the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience really enjoyed the show.
Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Kentucky Headhunters, The Outlaws
& Lee Roy Parnell will join the CDB's 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam on AUGUST 12,
2015. Tickets to Historic Event Go On Sale to the Public January 30 at Bridgestone
Arena Box Office and All Ticketmaster Locations.
More on Charlie Daniels:
"Few individuals have symbolized the South in popular culture as directly and
indelibly as Charlie Daniels."Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
Charlie Daniels is partly Western and partly Southern. His signature
"bullrider" hat and belt buckle, his lifestyle on the Twin Pines Ranch (a
boyhood dream come true), his love of horses, cowboy lore and the heroes of championship
rodeo, Western movies, and Louis L'Amour novels, identify him as a Westerner. The son of a
lumberjack and a Southerner by birth, his music - rock, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel
- is quintessentially Southern.
In fact, even his bent for all things Western is Southern, because his attire, his
lifestyle and his interests are historically emblematic of Southern working class
solidarity with the "lone cowboy" individualism of the American West. It hasn't
been so much a style of music, but more the values consistently reflected in several
styles that has connected Charlie Daniels with millions of fans. For decades, he has
steadfastly refused to label his music as anything other than "CDB music," music
that is now sung around the fire at 4-H Club and scout camps, helped elect an American
President, and been popularized on a variety of radio formats.
Like so many great American success stories, The Charlie Daniels saga begins in rural
obscurity. Born in 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina, he was raised on a musical diet
that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands, and the rhythm & blues and
country music emanating respectively from Nashville's 50,000-watt megabroadcasters WLAC
He graduated from high school in 1955 and soon enlisted in the rock n' roll revolution
ignited by Mississippian Elvis Aaron Presley. Already skilled on guitar, fiddle and
mandolin, Daniels formed a rock .n' roll band and hit the road.
While enroute to California in 1959 the group paused in Texas to record
"Jaguar," an instrumental produced by the Bob Johnston, which was picked up for
national distribution by Epic. It was also the beginning for a long association with
Johnston. The two wrote "It Hurts Me," which became the B side of a 1964 Presley
hit. In 1969, at the urging of Johnston, Daniels moved to middle Tennessee to find work as
a session guitarist in Nashville.
Among his more notable sessions were the Bob Dylan albums of 1969-70 Nashville Skyline,
New Morning, and Self Portrait. Daniels produced the Youngbloods albums of 1969-70
Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind, toured Europe with Leonard Cohen and performed on
records with artists as different as Al Kooper and Marty Robbins.
Daniels broke through as a record maker, himself, with 1973's Honey In the Rock and its
hit hippie song "Uneasy Rider." His rebel anthems "Long Haired Country
Boy" and "The South's Gonna Do It" propelled his 1975 collection Fire On
the Mountain to Double Platinum status.Following stints with Capitol and Kama Sutra, Epic
Records signed him to its rock roster in New York in 1976. The contract, reportedly worth
$3 million, was the largest ever given to a Nashville act up to that time. In the summer
of 1979 Daniels rewarded the company's faith by delivering "The Devil Went Down to
Georgia," which became a Platinum single, topped both country and pop charts, won a
Grammy Award, became an international phenomenon, earned three Country Music Association
trophies, became a cornerstone of the Urban Cowboy movie soundtrack and propelled Daniel's
Million Mile Reflections album to Triple Platinum sales levels.
The album's title was a reference to a milestone in The Charlie Daniels Band's
legendary coast to coast tours. Including two drummers, twin guitars, and a flamenco
dancer, the CDB often toured more than 250 days a year and by this time had logged more
than a million miles on the road. On the Million Mile Reflections Tour, transported in a
convoy of buses and gleaming black tractor-trailer rigs - a show that stopped traffic all
over the country - the band now included a full horn section, back-up singers, a troupe of
clog dancers and sometimes a gospel choir. By 1981, the Charlie Daniels Band had twice
been voted the Academy of Country Music's Touring Band of the Year. Daniels' annual
Volunteer Jam concerts, world-famous musical extravaganzas that served as a prototype for
many of today's annual day-long music marathons, always featured a variety of current
stars and heritage artists and are considered by historians as his most impressive
contribution to Southern music. Among the artists "Jam Daddy" has hosted at 16
of these mega musical samplers are Roy Acuff, Don Henley, Tanya Tucker, Amy Grant, Leon
Russell, Billy Ray Cyrus, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, James Brown, Duane Eddy, Pat Boone,
The Outlaws, Dwight Yoakam, Steppenwolf, Bill Monroe, Exile, The Judds, Orleans, Willie
Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Link Wray, Ted Nugent, Billy Joel, the Marshall Tucker Band,
Solomon Burke, Little Richard, B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eugene Fodor, Woody Herman,
and Bobby Jones and the New Life Singers.
"I used to say, 'I'm not an outlaw; I'm an outcast,'" says the Grammy Award
winning star. "When it gets right down to the nitty gritty, I've just tried to be who
I am. I've never followed trends or fads. I couldn't even if I tried. I can't be them; I
can't be anybody but me."
When you hear a classic Charlie Daniels Band performance like "The Devil Went Down
to Georgia," you hear music that knows no clear genre. Is it a folk tale? A southern
boogie? A country fiddle tune? An electric rock anthem? The answer is, "yes" to
all of that and more. And the same goes for "In America," "Uneasy
Rider," "The South's Gonna Do It," "Long Haired Country Boy,"
"Still in Saigon," "The Legend of Wooley Swamp," and the rest of a
catalog that spans 50 years of record making and represents more than 20 million in sales.
His resume includes recording sessions with artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Flatt
& Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Mark O'Connor, Leonard Cohen and Ringo Starr. His songs have
been recorded by Elvis Presley and Tammy Wynette. This touring legend has been documented
by ABC Newsmagazine 20/20.
In April 1998, top stars and two former Presidents paid tribute to Daniels when he was
named the recipient of the Pioneer Award at the Academy of Country Music's annual
nationally televised ceremonies.
"In his time he's played everything from rock to jazz, folk to western swing, and
honkytonk to award-winning gospel", former President Jimmy Carter said. "In
Charlie's own words, 'Let there be harmony, let there be fun and 12 notes of music to make
us all one.'."
"Charlie's love of music is only surpassed by his love of people, especially the
American people," former President Gerald Ford said. "He's traveled this land
from coast to coast singing about the things that concern the American people. The Academy
of Country Music's Pioneer Award is presented to a supremely talented compassionate and
proud American, and a fair to middlin' golfer, too!"
On Saturday night, January 19th, 2008, Charlie's life long dream became a reality. He
was inducted as a full-fledged member into the Grand Ole Opry. "It is an honor that I
can't begin to articulate, there is no way I can express what it means to me", says
Daniels. "And to make it special, I was joined on stage by Russell Palmer, the man
who taught me my first guitar chords all those years ago." "I pursued my dream
in music and by the goodness of God have been able to have a wonderful career, which has
spanned fifty years".
"I have been blessed with Gold, Platinum and Multiplatinum albums, I have appeared
many times on network television, even in moving pictures. I have won multiple awards from
The Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music, The Gospel Music Association
and even a Grammy. I have even played on the Grand Ole Opry many times. But I was always
on the outside looking in. I was always a guest, never a member." "Ain't God
Any conversation with the legendary artist, however, rarely includes any of his
accomplishments. He'd rather shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close
to his heart. He's always been a staunch supporter of the military, and for the past
several years has headlined a special concert at David Lipscomb University benefiting the
Yellow Ribbon Program which provides scholarships for veterans. Each year there are
surprise guests in addition to the announced line up. Among those who have supported
Charlie Daniels for an evening of great music include Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler, Clint
Black, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, Lee Greenwood, Darryl Worley, the
Grascals, and actor Gary Sinise.
Charlie also lends his time and talent to numerous other charitable organizations,
including the Jason Foundation Golf Classic, an organization that targets teen suicide
prevention, and the Galilean Children's Home in Liberty, KY, which provides a home for
abused and neglected children. "I've been affiliated with them for a long, long
time and it's just a great place," Charlie says of the home founded by Jerry and
Sandy Tucker. "They take in babies whose mothers are going to prison.
They give kids a good stable Christian home and love them. It's just a wonderful
Each year Charlie also hosts The Charlie Daniels Celebrity Golf Classic & Angelus
Concert in Hudson, FL, a benefit for The Angelus, a full-time residential facility and day
school program for the severely handicapped. Charlie has been a member of the St.
Jude Children's Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board and has been a longtime
supporter of the T. J. Martell Foundation and its numerous events aiding cancer
research. He's also the headliner every year for the Christmas 4 Kids concert at the
Ryman Auditorium, which raises money to provide a happy holiday for needy children.
In 2014, Charlie Daniels with David Corlew and Joe & Mercedez Longever
founded The Journey Home Project , a not-for-profit organization, that assists in securing
funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Conscious of
the need to assist our nation's veterans, they have set out to partner with organizations
that do the most good, with the least overhead. The Journey Home Project is making a
difference in the lives of American patriots.
Charlie says of using his celebrity status to aid worthy causes, "I
have a very unique opportunity because of being in the music community, you try to give
back to some extent. I do feel like people should. We should all do as much as
For more information on Charlie Daniels, go to his website: www.charliedaniels.com
Thanks for the Music Charlie!