2009-10-16 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Charlie Daniels Band Brings Southern Rock to Westbury

Charlie Daniels performs. (photo by Alan M. Poulin) Charlie Daniels performs. (photo by Alan M. Poulin) The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band will come to the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury on Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m.

A talented fiddler, Charlie Daniels and his band fuse hardcore country with a hard-edged southern rock boogie and blues. His first album, "Charlie Daniels", was released in 1970 and was followed up by the 1974 album "Fire on the Mountain" featuring both "Long Haired Country Boy" and "The South's Gonna Do It Again." Within months the album became a gold record and eventually went platinum.

In 1979, the Charlie Daniels Band released the single "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." It became a number one hit and was named the Country Music Association's Single of the Year. In addition, the single helped its accompanying album, "Million Mile Reflections," become a multi-platinum success. Some of the band's other hit singles include "Uneasy Rider," "In America," and "Still In Saigon."

Beginning with the release of their first LP in 1973, the Marshall Tucker Band has played countless concert venues around the world. Using a mix of soul, blues, jazz, country and traditional influences, the band helped establish the southern rock genre in the early 1970's with its live performances, lengthy improvisations, and a string of gold and platinum albums. They gained recognition through a tour with the Allman Brothers Band and found significant success during the course of the '70s, with most of their albums going gold. Their peak came with the million-selling album "Carolina Dreams" and its Top 15 single, "Heard It in a Love Song" in 1977.

Charlie Daniels Band Charlie Daniels Band Doug Gray, lead singer and original member, is quick to credit the band's current members with carrying on the Marshall Tucker Band sound. The other group members include Pat Ellwood on bass guitar, Rick Willis on guitar, B.B. Borden on drums, Marcus James Henderson on keyboard and flute, and Stuart Swanlund on guitar and steel guitar. With the success of the Volunteer Jam Tour, and 1999 release of "Gospel," the good ol' boys from Spartanburg, South Carolina remain a powerful force in the world of music.

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