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Devil went up to Wild Rose

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Charlie Daniels Band, with Diamond Rio, will be headlining Rosefest 2012 at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg, Saturday, July 14.

Tickets are on sale now at $25. Must be 21 or older. Gates open 7 p.m., show at 8. A two -day pass is $45.

"Few individuals have symbolized the South in popular culture as directly and indelibly as Charlie Daniels," says the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

Charlie Daniels is partly Western and partly Southern. His signature "bullrider" hat and belt buckle, his lifestyle on the Twin Pines Ranch (a boyhood dream come true), his love of horses, cowboy lore and the heroes of championship rodeo, Western movies, and Louis L'Amour novels, identify him as a Westerner. The son of a lumberjack and a Southerner by birth, his music - rock, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel - is quintessentially Southern.

It hasn't been so much a style of music, but more the values consistently reflected in several styles that has connected Charlie Daniels with millions of fans. For decades, he has steadfastly refused to label his music as anything other than "CDB music," music that is now sung around the fire at 4-H Club and scout camps, helped elect an American President, and been popularized on a variety of radio formats.

Like so many great American success stories, The Charlie Daniels saga begins in rural obscurity. Born in 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina, he was raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands, and the rhythm & blues and country music emanating respectively from Nashville's 50,000-watt megabroadcasters WLAC and WSM.

Fresh out of high school, he formed a rock band, and hit the road. He co-wrote his first song, "It Hurts Me," recorded by Elvis, and played guitar on Bob Dylan albums and fiddle with The Marshall Tucker Band. His first hit, the hippie tune "uneasy Rider," dropped in 1973. Rebel anthems like "Long Haired Country Boy" and "The South's Gonna Do It" propelled his to the top in the mid '70s, and his iconic "Devil Went Down to Georgia" is still a radio staple. Despite a stroke in 2012, he still tours heavily and runs his benefit Volunteer Jams.