Concert Review Written By Tom Thompson
Charlie Daniel’s and the Charlie Daniel’s Band brought their southern rock show to the Wildhorse Saloon on August 27th, 2009.
I will have to say that Charlie and the band still know how to bring southern rock back to Nashville. The talent of Charlie and his band sounded better than ever. One thing I noticed with this show is Charlie plays a lot more electric and acoustic guitar than I have seen him do in the past. I was very pleased with how well he can still play, especially the numerous guitar leads. Charlie’s fiddle playing is still amazing, we just didn’t see him play it very often.
Charlie comes to the middle of the stage wearing a white cowboy hat, yellow shirt, blue jeans and very cool looking white ostrich leather boots. Charlie wasted no time with starting the show off with one of his biggest hits “Drinkin My Baby Goodbye.” The crowd was screaming and singing the whole song through. Charlie’s voice sounded great and his fiddle playing was incredible. Charlie kept the crowd as he went into the second song of the night and another one of his biggest hits, “South Gonna Do it Again.”
After the song, Charlie said to the crowd “Good evening, it’s good to be in our Hometown!” Then Charlie puts on a beautiful Gibson guitar and breaks into the next song “Legend of Wooley Swamp.” Charlie begins playing lead guitar and continues into the next song, “Saddle Tramp.” Charlie took a little break during the next song as he introduced his long time band member and keyboard player, Taz DiGregorio, who sang lead on the song, “1000 Miles To Memphis.”
Charlie comes back to the stage and tells the fans that his fans are the greatest country fans in the world. He began talking about our troops overseas and dedicated the next song to them as the band performed the song, “In America.”
A couple of guys from BMI took the stage and to Charlie’s surprise and gave him several awards for songs that have been played on the radio at least a million times. By far Charlie’s biggest achievement is his song, “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which has played on the radio over 4 million times!! Very Impressive!
Charlie allows the band to play a couple of numbers, then returns to the stage to play, “(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks.” Charlie brings out an acoustic guitar in his hand, sits on a stool and plays a version of Johnny Cash’s, “Folsom Prison Blues.” The biggest and best surprise of the evening was the next song, an old time Gospel number, “How Great Thou Art,” which sounded excellent! The crowd gave the band a standing ovation. Charlie talked with the crowd and said he wrote this next song back in 1974, “Long Haired Country Boy.” Charlie brought out his fiddle and got the crowd cheering and yelling with his song, “Dixie On My Mind.” At this point the crowd was really pump up because they knew the next song was going to be the last one of the evening. Of course, this is Charlie’s signature song, “The Devil Went To Georgia.”
I would have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this concert. Charlie and his band are still excellent musicians. They really know how entertain the crowd. I would highly recommend this show if The Charlie Daniels Band comes to a town near you. Charlie puts his saying, “The South Is Gonna Do It Again” true to its meaning!
Written By Tom Thompson
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