04/11/2018

CHARLIE DANIELS CELEBRATES 10th OPRY MEMBER ANNIVERSARY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 11, 2018) Legendary country superstar Charlie Daniels celebrated his 10thAnniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with an appearance on the Opry last night at the Grand Ole Opry House. Daniels was inducted into the Opry family in 2008 by his longtime friends and Opry members Marty Stuart and Connie Smith.

On his induction night 10 years ago, Daniels proclaimed, “My Bible tells me God gives us the desires of our hearts, and tonight the promise has come true.” The Opry member then invited Stuart, Smith, Montgomery Gentry and Trace Adkins to join him on stage to perform the iconic “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

Additional performers on hand tonight to celebrate were fellow Opry members Adkins and Terri Clark as well as Rodney Atkins with the Fisk Jubilee Singers, T Graham Brown, Carly Pearce, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Daniels is scheduled to appear on Opry Country Classics at the Ryman Auditorium as Spotlight Artist May 24. Among other performers coming soon to the Opry and Opry Country Classics are Luke Combs, Crystal Gayle, Vince Gill, Brenda Lee, Aaron Lewis, Patty Loveless, Oak Ridge Boys, Old Crow Medicine Show, Eric Paslay, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, Marty Stuart, Tanya Tucker, Brett Young, and Chris Young. Tickets are available at (615) 871-OPRY and opry.com

About Charlie Daniels:
From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 81, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.

Raised among the longleaf pines of North Carolina, Charlie began his career playing bluegrass music with the Misty Mountain Boys. After moving to Nashville in 1967, he began making a name for himself as a songwriter, session musician, and producer.  Elvis Presley recorded a tune Charlie co-wrote titled “It Hurts Me,” which was released on the flip side of “Kissin’ Cousins.”  He played on such landmark albums as Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and tried his hand at producing on the Youngbloods’ Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind.

His unique voice as an artist emerged as Charlie recorded his self-titled solo album in 1970 for Capitol Records. Two years later he formed the Charlie Daniels Band, and the group scored its first hit with the top ten "Uneasy Rider." Since then the CDB has populated radio with such memorable hits as "Long Haired Country Boy," "The South's Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards

Visit Charlie Daniels at www.charliedaniels.com

About The Grand Ole Opry: 
The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®.  Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday night shows through December. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.comand wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com.
 

Charlie Daniels