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Musical icon Charlie Daniels coming to arena
by Steve Beavers
Jul 13, 2013 | 60 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” in 1979.

The group who wrote and performed the popular song is coming to the Crossroads Arena.

The Charlie Daniels Band is set for its first appearance at the multi-purpose facility come Aug. 24. Country music artist and songwriter David Lee Murphy and Corinth’s own Maty Noyes will be opening for Daniels.

“During his 50-plus year career, Charlie has scored hits on the rock, country, pops and Christian charts,” said Crossroads Arena General Manager Tammy Genovese. “The man is a musical icon and another first for the Arena.”

Daniels, a talented and showy fiddler, is widely known for his country and southern rock music. He is best known for the number one country hit about the devil’s attempt to steal a young man’s soul through a fiddle contest.

The song, featured in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy, was the band’s biggest hit, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

“The band has always been known for its instrumental dexterity, but they are also notorious for their down-home, good-old-boy attitude,” said Genovese.

Daniels was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979 for the his top hit.

In 2008, the 76-year-old was honored as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Murphy first appeared on the Billboard country chart with “Just Once” – a song from the movie soundtrack 8 Seconds.

Out With a Bang, his first album, was released in early 1995. “Party Crowd” became the most-played song on country radio in 1995, and the record’s second single, “Dust on the Bottle,” spent two weeks at number one. Out With a Bang would go platinum become the best-selling debut album by a male country single for the entire year of 1995. The Academy of Country Music nominated him for Top New Male Vocalist at the end of the year.

Although he has not recorded since 2004, Murphy has co-written several singles for other artists, including the Number One hits “Living in Fast Forward” for Kenny Chesney, “Big Green Tractor” for Jason Aldean and “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” for Thompson Square.

The show is being co-promoted by Mind Roxx Entertainment.

“Being able to bring in the Charlie Daniels Band to the Crossroads Arena is a huge honor for any promoter,” said Mind Roxx President Lee Jones. “And to have David Lee Murphy, who as an artist has had several big hits himself and another countless number of hits he has written for other artists, makes this a can’t miss show.”
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