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Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam XX: Over 30 Songs, All-Star Band and Diverse Performances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Just hours before entertainers such as Alabama, Alison Krauss, Billy Gibbons, Chris Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the man of the hour, Charlie Daniels and many more took the stage, Rolling Stone
noted, “there really is no better showcase for Charlie Daniels or his
namesake Band than the Volunteer Jam, the musical carnival that Daniels
has kept going since its inception in 1974… The Volunteer Jam didn’t
merely become an institution, it reflected how Charlie Daniels thought
about his music.”

With a killer ensemble and set list of over 30 songs – from Jamey
Johnson’s take on Daniels’ “Long Haired Country Boy” to Skynryd’s
performance of “Sweet Home Alabama” to Devon Allman, Duane Betts and
Chuck Leavell’s once-in-a-lifetime collaboration on “Midnight Rider” to,
of course, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” a packed Bridgestone Arena
witnessed over four hours of incredible music continuing the Jam’s
legacy.

“Volunteer Jam XX had a kind of “specialness” about it.  The caliber,
quantity and variety of talent who took the stage crossed lines,
demographics, genres and styles that, while truly diverse, blended
together to make for what was most likely the most entertaining
Volunteer Jam in its 44 year history.” -Charlie Daniels

Following “Devil,” the all-star backing band paused while Travis
Campbell, Glen Campbell’s son presented Daniels with the Tennessee
National Guard Minuteman Award. Volunteer Jam emcee Storme Warren then
introduced two Navy SEALs, David Rutherford and “Lone Survivor” Marcus
Luttrell, for a moment spotlighting the beneficiary of tonight’s
concert, the Journey Home Project. The duo surprised Daniels by
presenting him with the inaugural Team Never Quit Lifetime Achievement
Award for his support of our servicemen and women.

AXS TV filmed the concert event for a primetime broadcast special this
summer; information on air date and time to be announced at a later
date. Stay tuned to BlackBirdPresents.com for more details.

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 Blackbird Presents

Blackbird Presents is the worldwide leader in the production of large
scale concert events, broadcast specials, TV series, music festivals,
& tours.

Blackbird’s recent concerts, broadcast specials and releases include All
In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration, Sing Me
Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, The Life & Songs of Kris
Kristofferson, Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, Outlaw:
Celebrating The Music of Waylon Jennings, I’ll Take You There:
Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples, The Life and Songs of Emmylou
Harris, Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans, The Musical Mojo of Dr.
John: Celebrating Mac and His Music, and All My Friends: Celebrating The
Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman, the latter of which earned a 2014
GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal’s awe-inspiring
performance of “Statesboro Blues.”

Blackbird Presents is also the creator and producer of The Outlaw Music
Festival Tour, in partnership with Willie Nelson and The American Roots
Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with Eric Church.

Visit us at www.blackbirdpresents.com

 Photo Credit: Rick Diamond

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