2012-08-31 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Charlie Daniels Comes To Westbury


Charlie Daniels Charlie Daniels The Charlie Daniels Band, with special guests The Commander Cody Band, performs at Westbury on Saturday, September 8 at 8 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 Presley, Charlie Daniels formed his first band shortly after graduating from high school in 1955. After almost 20 years, Charlie Daniels had his first success with 1973’s, “Uneasy Rider.” That single 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, became an international phenomenon. His most recent album, “Land That I Love,” is a compilation of his patriotic work, including his hits “In America,” “Still In Saigon” and “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag.”

Artist, musician, and pioneering band leader, Commander Cody helped invent a whole new style of music during the early 1970s. Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen were one of the original groups to fuse rock ‘n’ roll with R&B, jazz, country, and western swing and play country rock. They are best remembered for their biggest hit, “Hot Rod Lincoln.” Today the Commander Cody Band features Mark Emerick on guitar, Steve Barbuto on drums, Chris Olsen on pedal steel, and Randy Bramwell on bass. Cody is still trying to pound his piano into submission.

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