September 16, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 16, 2011 — The Charlie Daniels Band will perform live at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. Opening acts include Springfield native Chris Cavanaugh and Kansas City-based Noe Palma. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office, by calling (417) 873-6389 or at www.drurytickets.com. Tickets cost $29.50, $39.50 and $59.50 plus handling fees.
Known for his fiddle playing, Charlie Daniels has been performing for over 50 years. His style is a mixture of rock, country, bluegrass, blues and gospel.
Charlie Daniels Band
Daniel’s anthems “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It” propelled his 1975 collection Fire On the Mountain to Double Platinum status. He won a Grammy Award in 1979 for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and, the following year, the song became a major crossover success on rock radio stations after its inclusion on the soundtrack for the hit movie Urban Cowboy. The Charlie Daniels Band (CDB) appeared in the movie. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” still receives regular airplay on classic rock and country stations. Daniels and The CDB have earned awards from the Gospel Music Association, the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.
The CDB’s current release on Blue Hat Records/E1 Ent is Land That I Love, a patriotic compilation including two new cuts “Iraq Blues” and “What This World Needs is a Few More Rednecks.”
Daniels was honored by the Pentagon with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his support of military personnel. He was also awarded the AmVet Silver Helmet award, an annual award that recognizes excellence and achievement in Americanism, defense, rehabilitation, congressional service and other fields, by the AmVets, an organization formed by World War II veterans.
In addition to visiting troops at bases in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Korea and elsewhere, Daniels started Operation Heartstrings, a program that donated 100 Gibson guitars, drums, keyboards and microphones to deployed service members. More than 13,000 pieces of musical accessories were sent to deployed service members in 2005. Charlie continues to tour across the heartland of America and performs for U.S. troops from Guantanamo Bay to Bosnia, Kuwait, South Korea, and repeat trips to Iraq for Stars for Stripes.
Daniels has lent his talent and time to numerous charitable causes. He 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. He co-hosts along with Coach Phillip Fulmer, the Jason Foundation Golf Classic, a national organization that targets teen suicide prevention, and is a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board. He has been a supporter of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research for many years and was recently presented the Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award at their 35th Annual Awards Gala in New York City.
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