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Country Music Legend Charlie Daniels Band returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on September 8

 

The Grammy-Award winning Charlie Daniels Band returns for a night of true Southern rock!  The Ridgefield Playhouse and Mountain Dew Country and Bluegrass Series presents Charlie Daniels Band onFriday, September 8, 2017 at 8pm and is partially underwritten by Nutmeg Livery Service. 

In 1972, Daniels formed the Charlie Daniels Band and the group scored its first hit with the top ten “Uneasy Rider.”  Since then the CDB has released such memorable hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.

More than 40 years after forming, the CDB continues to release new music and tour all over the country.  The band will perform its latest release, "Off the Grid - Doin' It Dylan," which features 10 Bob Dylan songs by the CDB, and is the first CDB studio release since 2007, as well as fan favorites from their back catalog.  Kicking off the night is special guest the Scooter Brown Band featuring Scott Brown’s vocals, Nathan Lockhart on guitar, Matt Bledsoe on drums, and Steven Sutherland on bass guitar! 

Formed in 2005 in Houston, the band gained a notable presence in the country music scene with songs like, "Apology," "Whiskey Talkin", "Soldiers Christmas Eve", "Feels Like Home," and "Summer Song."  Their newest self-titled album, "Scooter Brown Band," was released on September 18, 2015.  With 2 of the 4 members being prior military, the band spends a lot of time doing work for Veteran Support Organizations like Base Camp 40 - Warriors in the Wild, Lone Survivor Foundation, and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show!  Visit The Hideaway (30 Grove Street, Ridgefield) and enjoy a complimentary draft beer or glass of wine with your entree when you show your ticket. 

          
From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels.  An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 81, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.

Raised among the longleaf pines of North Carolina, Charlie began his career playing bluegrass music with the Misty Mountain Boys.  After moving to Nashville in 1967, he began making a name for himself as a songwriter, session musician and producer.  Elvis Presley recorded a tune Charlie co-wrote titled “It Hurts Me,” which was released on the flip side of “Kissin’ Cousins.”  He played on such landmark albums as Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and tried his hand at producing on the Youngbloods’ Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind.  His own unique voice as an artist emerged as Charlie recorded his self-titled solo album in 1970 for Capitol Records. 

 Two years later he formed the Charlie Daniels Band and the group scored its first hit with the top ten “Uneasy Rider.”  Since then the CDB has populated radio with such memorable hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.  The CDB will perform 100 concert dates this year including performances on the Grand Ole Opry.

                For tickets ($95), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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