Southern style: a fiddler, singer and banjo stylist

tsj column writers - southern styleBy Randall Franks

As part of the country music family, I have been blessed to do shows with these country friends. They are all adding to the fall colors with their latest musical sounds and shows. Fiddle legend Charlie Daniels brings his career—spanning over 50 years—full circle with Live At Billy Bob’s Texas CD and DVD releasing on October 16, 2015.

“When you record live, you need to ignore the recording equipment and play for the people and that big old rowdy crowd,” Daniels said. “At Billy Bob’s Texas, that was easy to do.”

Having recorded several live albums in his career, including his latest, military-centered 2007 release Live From Iraq, he recorded on February 20, 2015, this 14-track project. The CD, which allows listeners to feel like a part of the boisterous live audience, and DVD, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes interview footage with Daniels, will be available in stores nationwide and on iTunes, Amazon and everywhere digital music is sold.

Best known for their fiery fiddle-ridden No. 1 country hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which was featured in the 1980 American western drama featuring John Travolta, Urban Cowboy, The Charlie Daniels Band celebrates a decorated career of multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM and GMA Awards, and has exceeded 20 million in sales led by his six multi-platinum albums.

On Live At Billy Bob’s Texas, Daniels’ characteristic Southern attitude and Wild West influences shine through on LIVE, full band versions of country favorites like “Southern Boy,” “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks,” and 9 others, which make up the highly-anticipated October release.

Country singer Daryle Singletary has joined forces with Campbell Soups to do a special series of shows around the country at Walmarts.

“I have more fun at these shows because I know I am singing for folks that appreciate steel guitars, fiddle and lyrics that paint a picture,” Singletary said. “I’m so happy that Campbell’s recognizes that my music speaks to their customers.”

With influences like Keith Whitley and Randy Travis, the word that bests describes the singing style of Daryle Singletary is authentic. The hard-core traditional stylist will soon entertain loyal country fans in 10 cities on the Campbell’s Soup Country Concert Tour.

Daryle’s new album There’s Still A Little Country Left: “The songs on the collection are as straightforward as the title, with three tunes in particular that lament the dearth of traditional country on the radio: the title tune, “Too Late To Save the World” and the up-front “Get Out Of My Country.” It’s Daryle’s first new record in nearly five years.

The free shows will take place in select Wal-Mart parking lots across the country and is sponsored by Campbell’s, makers of America’s favorite soups.

Country and Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley plans to mark his 70-year milestone playing a special show in Manassas, Va. on October 9 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. His Grandson, Dove-award winner Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys will join him for this momentous occasion.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have been performing for so long and still can make a living at it. A lot of artists don’t last 10 years let alone 70 years,” Stanley said. “I still love to travel and perform. It’s my life, I don’t know what else I would do if I couldn’t travel. I’m very thankful to the good Lord for his many blessings.”

After seven decades, three Grammy awards and an induction into the Grand Ole Opry, Dr. Ralph Stanley has no intention on slowing down

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