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Interview: Artpark Hosts Legendary Charlie Daniels Band on Sept. 4
Interview: Artpark Hosts Legendary Charlie Daniels Band on Sept. 4

Artpark & Company has hosted many notable musicians as part of its "Tuesday in the Park" concert series. The Lewiston performing arts venue has hosted hit-makers, Grammy winners, television and film actors and even a "Dancing with the Stars" contestant.

But tonight's headliner is quite possibly the only one to have had an entire museum dedicated to his life and career.

For 10 years, the Charlie Daniels Museum was open in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. Each year, thousands of visitors (including this writer) ventured into the 2nd Avenue treasury, which housed priceless pieces of a career that includes collaborations with Elvis and Bob Dylan, 20 million records sold, and a membership in the Grand Ole Opry.

"It made me feel great," Daniels said in a phone interview. "To be part of (visitors') Nashville experience I thought was just a great situation. They could come in and see kind of what represented so many years of my life. To actually see a lot of the physical things, the awards -- two Grammys -- the things that I have devoted my life to doing, I thought it was pretty cool."

Though the museum is now dormant, its namesake is still very much active -- even at age 75. Daniels and his band still tour extensively. When calling this writer, The Charlie Daniels Band was on the way to Oregon "doing typical summertime stuff for us," Daniels said.

Though he's notched some incredible material awards, Daniels said it's the personal interaction with fans that means the most to him.

"That's been part of my life for so long: doing concerts; playing for people; playing live for people; the instant appreciation that you get; and all the things that go into making up a career in music," he said. "That all boils down to being the best part of it, as far as I'm concerned, is to be able to play your music live in front of people and have them show you that they appreciate it is a very gratifying thing. That's my favorite."

Daniels' stage philosophy is simple: "I firmly believe in doing the songs that you're known for," he said.

"We always do the songs that you'd expect us to do -- or most of them, at least," Daniels said. "We always do 'Devil Went Down to Georgia' and 'Long Haired Country Boy.' You know, 'The Legend of Wooley Swamp' -- the things that people have heard on the radio. But we've got some surprises for you."

Click here to read the full article on the Niagara Frontier Publications website, www.wnypapers.com.

Tickets for this event are $10. They are available at the Artpark box office, 450 S. Fourth St., and online at www.artpark.net. The opening act is Little Mountain Band. Find the Charlie Daniels Band online at http://www.charliedaniels.com.

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