Mike and Janie had the opportunity to speak with Charlie Daniels ahead of his show at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre.
Travis Tritt joins Charlie Daniels on tour making for an exciting show, but how did it come together?
“We’ve been playing together for years. When he first had “Country Club” we took him out on the road on the first cross country tour he ever did. We’ve been playing together ever since,” Daniels shared.
It doesn’t seem possible, but The Devil Went Down to Georgia is officially 40 years old. Did Daniels know he had a hit when it was released?
“To be honest with you, I thought it would be a good show for us when we recorded it. But no, I had no idea that we’d be sitting here talking about it 40 years after the fact. When I get the royalties/performance sheets on it, I’m amazed at how many times it still plays on the radio in a month. It’s a 40 year old song that is still very much our mainstay, our signature song. If you go someplace where they don’t speak English, and ask them “Do you know who Charlie Daniels is?” they say “No, we don’t know him.” If you ask them “Have you ever heard a song called ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’?” they say “Oh yea! We know that one.” They don’t know me, but they know the song.”
Playing show after show, it looks like there is no slowing down for the 82 year old Wilmington, NC native.
“I have slowed down within manageable terms. I used to do a couple hundred dates a year, I can’t do that any more. I’m doing about 110, 115 this year. [My wife] enjoys it. We go out and travel. If the band goes someplace, we’ll stay out and go someplace we’ve wanted to go to or see. We have our special places we like to stop. We enjoy being together.”
115 shows a year? Doesn’t sound like slowing down to us… but that means more opportunities to catch The Charlie Daniel’s Band on the road. See them tonight (May 30th) at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre. Tickets on sale now via etix.com.
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