2011-09-02 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Charlie Daniels Leads LI Country Music Fest

Live Nation will present The Charlie Daniels Band with special guests Southbound, The Joe Bayer Band and The Mary Lamont Band in the Long Island Country Music Festival at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. Doors are at 6 p.m.

Born in Wilmington North Carolina, Charlie Daniels was raised on a musical diet of gospel, bluegrass, country, and R&B. Inspired by Elvis, Charlie Daniels formed his first band shortly after graduating from high school in 1955. His 1973 hit, “Uneasy Rider,” was followed by “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again” in 1975. In the summer of 1979, Daniels delivered “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which became a Platinum single, topped both country and pop charts, won a Grammy Award, and became an international phenomenon.

Southbound is a versatile band that has been entertaining the tri-state area for over 20 years, and was voted the best cover band by Newsday, two years in a row. Southbound has taken blues, rock, country, southern rock and classic rock songs and made them their own. The members of Southbound play instruments such as the pedal steel, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, guitar, bass and drums, making for one unique sound.

The Joe Bayer Band has become one of Long Island’s most popular country bands, performing regularly at Matty t’s Roadhouse and other Long Island establishments. They recently released “Locked, Rocked and Loaded,“ their first worldwide release featuring the single “Hello Sunshine, Goodbye Rain.”

The Mary Lamont Band is known for their roots-oriented sound and is fronted by one of the finest female vocalists in country music today. Called the “Queen of Long Island Country” by Newsday, Mary Lamont and her band were voted Band of the Year by the New York Metro Country Music Association for three years running and Lamont was twice voted Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year by the New Jersey Country Music Association.

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