May 2012 Featured Musician Charlie Daniels

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Listen to Charlie’s song, The South’s Gonna Do It Again, here. Listen to his song, This Ain’t No Rag It’s a Flag, here. Our May 2012 Featured Activist Joyce Riley showcases Charlie and his music in the new film, Behold a Pale Horse.

Country Music Legend Charlie Daniels
Country Music Legend Charlie Daniels

Daily Caller Country music legend Charlie Daniels is convinced that politics motivated the Department of Justice’s raids on Gibson Guitar facilities.

“I can’t understand it,” Daniels said in a Friday interview on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel. “It is like somebody took a razor-thin technicality and used it as an excuse to raid the Gibson factory with a full SWAT brigade as if they were, you know, manufacturing bombs or something.”

“It is just crazy,” Daniels declared. “It is silly. It has to be political. It is very selective because a whole lot of guitar companies are doing the same thing and no one is bothering them.”

Read about Gibson guitars here and here.
Charlie and his band: The Real American Deal
Charlie and his band: The Real American Deal

Charlie Daniels Band The CDB 2012 Spring Newsletter is now available to all paid fan club members along with new fan club only merchandise specials and your invitation to the Charlie Daniels Fan Club Party / Family Reunion. Anyone interested in joining the fan club it’s only $25.00 and fan club members will receive: Fan Club T-Shirt, Online Newsletter, Meet & Greet Guest Pass, Annual CDB Fan Club Party/ Family Reunion Invitation, Current Photo, Membership Card, and Biography.

“You’d better watch where you go and remember where you’ve been That’s the way I see it I’m a simple man…” Simple Man by Charlie Daniels Cowboy Lyrics

CMT Charlie Daniels was born on Oct. 28, 1936, in Wilmington, N.C., and raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands and the rhythm & blues and country music from Nashville’s 50,000-watt radio stations WLAC and WSM. He graduated from high school in 1955. Already skilled on guitar, fiddle and mandolin, Daniels formed a rock ‘n’ roll band and hit the road.

Charlie Daniels at IMDB here.

Charlie Daniels is a freedom fighter!
Charlie Daniels is a freedom fighter!

While en route to California in 1959, the group paused in Texas to record “Jaguar,” an instrumental produced by the legendary Bob Johnston, which was picked up for national distribution by Epic. It was also the beginning of 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 Nashville to find work as a session guitarist.

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 diverse as Al Kooper and Marty Robbins.

Daniels broke through as a record maker himself with 1973’s 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.

After recording for the Capitol and Kama Sutra labels, 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, earned three CMA 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, which 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. Transported in a convoy of buses and gleaming black tractor-trailer rigs, the band now included a full horn section, backup 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….”

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