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Legendary Charlie Daniels Band returns to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe with The Outlaws on Nov. 9

Legendary Charlie Daniels Band returns to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe with The Outlaws on Nov. 9
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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 return to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. with fellow Southern rockers The Outlaws of “There Goes Another Love Song” fame.

Tickets, which are $44 for regular reserved seating or $54 for premium reserved seating, are on sale now and available at 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 81, 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 2017, including performances at the Grand Ole Opry, and has another full concert schedule in 2018.

“I love what I do,” says Daniels of his 60+ 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.”

Over the course of his career, Daniels has received numerous accolades, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame, and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was presented the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music and was honored as a BMI Icon in recognition of his songwriting. He also received a star on the Music City Walk of Fame.

Any conversation with the legendary artist, however, rarely includes any of his accomplishments. He’d rather shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He’s always been a staunch supporter of the military and for several years headlined a special concert at David Lipscomb University benefiting the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provided scholarships for veterans. Among those who have supported Charlie Daniels for an evening of great music include Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler, Clint Black, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, Lee Greenwood, Darryl Worley, the Grascals, and actor Gary Sinise.

Daniels also lends his time and talent to numerous other charitable organizations, including the Jason Foundation Golf Classic, an organization that targets teen suicide prevention, and the Galilean Children’s Home in Liberty, Kentucky, which provides a home for abused and neglected children. “I’ve been affiliated with them for a long, long time and it’s just a great place,” Daniels says of the home founded by Jerry and Sandy Tucker. “They take in babies whose mothers are going to prison. They give kids a good stable Christian home and love them. It’s just a wonderful place.”

For many years, Daniels has been the host for the Charlie Daniels Celebrity Golf Classic & Angelus Concert in Hudson, Florida, a benefit for The Angelus, a full-time residential facility and day school program for the severely handicapped. He has been a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board and has been a longtime supporter of the T.J. Martell Foundation and its numerous events aiding cancer research. He was the headliner for many years for the Christmas 4 Kids concert at the Ryman Auditorium, a fundraiser that provided happy holidays for needy children.

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.”

In 2014, he – along with David Corlew and Joe and Mercedez Longever – founded The Journey Home Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

For Daniels’ birthday in 2016, 3 Doors Down, Luke Bryan, Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton, Travis Tritt, Larry the Cable Guy, and more joined him to celebrate the milestone at his 80th birthday Volunteer Jam on Nov. 30 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. A portion of the proceeds from the sold-out concert were donated to The Journey Home Project.

Selling over 20 million records, Daniels’ induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016 gave him a bookend to his memoir, “Never Look at the Empty Seats,” released on Oct. 24, 2017. The book includes stories about his life, career, experiences along the way, and a wee bit of advice to those who would like to pursue a career in music.

His current CD, “Memories, Memoirs & Miles: Songs of a Lifetime,” was released on Oct. 20, 2017 in conjunction with his autobiography. This album is perfect for listening along while reading his book, in which Daniels presents a life lesson for all of us regardless of profession: “Walk on stage with a positive attitude. Your troubles are your own and are not included in the ticket price. Some nights you have more to give than others, but put it all out there every show. You’re concerned with the people who showed up, not the ones who didn’t. So always give them a show, and never look at the empty seats!”