AUGUST 5, 2017
The Charlie Daniels Band
Opening Act-Southern Experience
National American Legion officials and the local American Legion World Series (ALWS) committee announced today that two native North Carolinians and national country artists are returning to Shelby in August for their second American Legion World Series appearances. Singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Charlie Daniels, a native of Wilmington, thrilled guests at the 2015 National Commander’s Reception. He and his band will be the headliners for the free evening concert at the 5th Annual 7th Inning Stretch Festival in Uptown Shelby Saturday, Aug. 5.
At the age of 80, Daniels continues a varied musical career that began with playing bluegrass music with the Misty Mountain Boys and segued into songwriting, performing as a session musician and producing music. He is accomplished on the guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. As a session musician, Daniels played electric bass on three Bob Dylan albums and recordings by Leonard Cohen and fiddle on many of The Marshall Tucker Band’s early albums. He recorded his first solo album in 1971 and earned his first hit with “Uneasy Rider” from the 1973 album “Honey in the Rock.” His signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” won the Grammy© award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979 and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 before becoming a crossover success on rock radio stations after it was included on the soundtrack for the hit movie “Urban Cowboy.”
“We couldn’t be happier with our guest artists this year,” Holbrook says. “We know everyone who attends these two events will be glad they did. Our audience for the Festival will also be pleased with the regional favorite opening for Charlie Daniels.” The opening act for The Charlie Daniels Band will be The Southern Experience Band, a popular country group with members from Cleveland and Mecklenburg counties. The members – Scott Sanders, Nikao Wallace, Alton Eddins and Ron Humphries — are known for their tight four-part harmonies.