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The legendary Charlie Daniels Band plays Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 22

The legendary Charlie Daniels Band plays Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 22
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From a press release:

The legendary Charlie Daniels Band, best known for the No. 1 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” will perform at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $40 for regular seating or $45 for premium seating, are on sale now and available at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

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 80, Daniels 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, Daniels 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 Daniels 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 own unique voice as an artist emerged as Daniels 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 in the Top 10 with “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.

The CDB performed 100+ concert dates in 2016, including performances on the Grand Ole Opry, and will begin touring in March for a full performance schedule in 2017.

“I love what I do,” says Daniels of his 50-plus years in the music business. “I look forward to entertaining people. When showtime gets here, I’m ready to go, ready to go play for them. It’s a labor of love. I just thank God I make a living at what I enjoy doing.”

Daniels’ new album, “Night Hawk,” was released in 2016. “Night Hawk” is a reflection of stories from the trail told by cowboys around the campfire through the years. Many of the songs, introduced in an acoustic style, are obscure songs with deep meaningful lyrics, while some are classics presented in a new way. Daniels has never fit into any certain label, purposely creating a sound and blend of music all his own. The new album stays true to that tradition with a unique spin on cowboy songs, both well-known and uncovered through the years.

The album came in the midst of one of the most important years of Charlie Daniels’ career. In October of 2016, Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, along with Randy Travis and Fred Foster. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum also honored Daniels with an exhibit called “Million Mile Reflections” that opened Sept. 23 and will run until March of 2017.

Adding to Daniels’ exciting year, 3 Doors Down, Luke Bryan, Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton, Travis Tritt, Larry the Cable Guy, and more joined him in celebration of his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam on Nov. 30 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. A portion of the proceeds from the sold-out Volunteer Jam was donated to The Journey Home Project for veterans.

Daniels says of using his celebrity status to aid worthy causes, “I have a very unique opportunity because of being in the music community; you try to give back to some extent. I do feel like people should. We should all do as much as we can.”