Fire up the fiddle, the Charlie Daniels Band
is coming to Isle of Capri Boonville. On August 15, the legendary man and his band will be taking the stage, bringing his signature sound to the heartland.
Charlie Daniels was born and raised in rural North Carolina on a diet of Pentecostal gospel, bluegrass and rhythm and blues. But it was a kid from Mississippi named Elvis Presley who inspired Charlie to start his first rock-n-roll band. About ten years after Daniels hit the road, Elvis recorded “It Hurts Me”, a song Charlie co-wrote.
Daniels’ style has been described as a combination of rock, country, bluegrass and gospel. But he is probably best known for his country hits. Charlie Daniels plays guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and of course, his signature instrument, the fiddle.
His first hit was “Uneasy Rider” in 1973. But far and away, the song the Charlie Daniels Band is best known for is “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” He won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance for this rollicking folk tale. And his current tour, The Best There’s Ever Been, celebrates the 35th anniversary of this fiddle-on-fire tune.
During his 50 years of music making, Charlie Daniels has played with Bob Dylan, the Marshall Tucker Band, Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen and Ringo Starr. He is still as popular as ever, a testament to his talent and far-reaching sound that transcends music genres.
Daniels has appeared in commercials, convincing a NASCAR driver to race a UPS truck as well as playing his fiddle for GEICO ads. And along with Little Richard and Bootsy Collins, he was part of the backup band for Hank Williams Jr. in the Monday Night Football musical introduction. He also had a cameo in Gretchen Wilson’s video, “All Jacked Up.”
But the highlight of his career came in 2007 when Martina McBride invited Charlie Daniels to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry
. He was later inducted into the Opry at the legendary Ryman Auditorium where he had performed so many times before.
The Charlie Daniels Band’s sound has been described as Outlaw Country, Southern Rock, Country Western and Pop/Rock. Daniels has always refused to categorize his sound, insisting on labeling it “CDB music.”
Isle of Capri Casino Boonville is proud to host this living legend. For one night only on Friday, August 15, the Charlie Daniels Band will take to the stage. Don’t miss the chance to see one of “the best that’s ever been.”