On Saturday June 13, 2015 The Charlie Daniels Band tore it up at the Nugget Ballroom inside the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks NV.
This was a completely sold out show for Daniels and the Nugget, that’s why the show was in the 2,000-seat Nugget Ballroom and not in the 700-seat Celebrity Showroom. Daniels still has a very big following and always brings in a great crowd, this show was no different.
Charlie Daniels is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his contributions to country, bluegrass, and Southern rock music. He is perhaps best known for his number one country hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, and multiple other songs he has written and performed.
Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.
Daniels, a singer, guitarist, and fiddler, who began writing and performing in the 1950s. In 1964, Daniels co-wrote “It Hurts Me” (a song which Elvis Presley recorded) with Joy Byers. He worked as a Nashville session musician, often for producer Bob Johnston, including playing electric bass on three Bob Dylan albums during 1969 and 1970 and on recordings by Leonard Cohen.
Daniels recorded his first solo album, “Charlie Daniels” in 1971. He produced the 1969 album by The Youngbloods,” Elephant Mountain” and played the violin on “Darkness, Darkness”.
Current members of the band are, Charlie Daniels (vocals, fiddle, guitar), Chris Wormer (electric guitar, vocals), Bruce Brown (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals), Charlie Hayward (bass), Shannon Wickline (keyboard) and Pat McDonald (drums, percussion).
Daniels and the band played a solid ninety minute set that went like this (from the set list on stage)
“Southern Boy”, “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye”, “Tangled Up In Blue” (Bob Dylan cover), “The Legend Of Wooley Swamp”, “El Toreador”, “(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks”, “Country Blues” (with Bruce Ray Brown), “In America”, “Black Ice”, “Serve Somebody”, “Long Haired Country Boy”, “Folsom Prison Blues” (Johnny Cash cover), “How Great Thou Art” (traditional] cover), “William Tell Overture”(Gioachino Rossini cover) (with Chris Wormer) and “The South’s Gonna Do It / The Devil Went Down to Georgia”.
In between songs Daniels told stories about his life, his grand kids and twitter, very funny stuff.
This was this examiner’s first time seeing Daniels live and I’m glad that I did. It was a first rate show by all means. Daniels still has what it takes to please his fans and hopefully he will continue to do so for many more years.
All in all, this was a very good show to see. If you’re a fiddle player too and would like to see a great concert, you won’t want to miss the next time Charlie Daniels comes to town. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
A good time was had by all.
If you want to see all the photos from The Charlie Daniels at this show (click here)
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, I always say, “The photos are what it’s all about, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show”.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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