Since the middle of 2016, the legendary Charlie Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and came out with a new album called “Nighthawk.” Later this year he will release his first autobiography “Never Look at the Empty Seats.”  With all that’s been going on, Daniels and his band have remained a constant touring outfit. The Charlie Daniels Band made their first Hudson Valley area appearance in many years in front of a near capacity crowd.

Opening up with “Southern Boy” off of 2010’s “Redneck Fiddlin’ Man,” it was a perfect song to set the tone for the rest of the night.  They added “Fire in the Mountain” back into their set as Daniels stated it’s been years since they played it.

Each member of the Charlie Daniels band took turns in taking the spotlight.  With a few instrumentals thrown in, ”Black Ice” and  ”William Tell Overture, ”  guitarists Bruce Ray Brown and Chris Womer were both able to  showcase their talents some.  Drummer Ron Gannaway powered through a drum solo before Daniels came back out to dedicate ”Hallelujah” to the late Leonard Cohen.

Daniels praised the military and went into “Blue Star,” and an audience member brought up an America Flag that a touring member came out to grab and proudly displayed it on stage.  Daniels switched back and forth between his Gibson electric guitar and his fiddle all night long.

When someone is nice to you they always should be remembered.  Daniels continued to go on talking about how Johnny Cash was the only person who stood out in 1967 when Daniels first arrived in Nashville.

Of course, the song that Daniels is most associated with is “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and the crowd went nuts as the opening strings were played.  It must be said that The Charlie Daniels Band has not lost anything off of their fastball. They still deliver a high energy performance and the setlist was the most diverse of anytime I have ever seen the band.  A great performance by one of the true legends in music.


Southern Boy

Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye

Redneck  Fiddlin’ Man

Fire in the Mountain


CaBallo Diablo

Simple Man

Peac e in the Morning

In America

Wooly Swamp

Blue Star

Black Ice (instrumental)

Drum solo

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover)

Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash cover)

Long Haired Country Boy

A Few More Red Necks

How Great Thou Art (Carl Gustav Boberg cover)

William Tell Overture (Instrumental)


Devil Wet Down to Georgia


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We would like to thank Paula Szeigis from Charlie Daniels Mgmt. Team or the credentials to review the show. 

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.