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The Charlie Daniels Band performs April 28 at North Central College

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The Charlie Daniels Band brings its blend of American music to North Central College for an April 28 show. 

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $60, $50 and $45; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

It hasn’t been so much a style of music, but more the values consistently reflected in several genres that have connected Charlie Daniels with millions of fans. For decades, he has steadfastly refused to label his music as anything other than Charlie Daniels Band (CDB) music.

Like many other great American success stories, Daniels began his with rural roots. Born in 1936 in Wilmington, N.C., he was raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands and the rhythm and blues and country music emanating from Nashville radio.

Daniels broke through as a musician himself with the 1973 album “Honey in the Rock” and its hit song “Uneasy Rider.” His rebel anthems “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It” further propelled his career, and Daniels eventually landed a $3 million contract with Epic Records—the largest ever given to a Nashville act at that time.

Daniels delivered not only to the label but to his fans as well with the well-known track “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The song became a platinum-selling single, topped both country and pop charts, won a Grammy Award and earned three Country Music Association trophies.

Now a full-fledged member of the Grand Ole Opry, Daniels says, “When it gets right down to the nitty gritty, I’ve just tried to be who I am. I’ve never followed trends or fads. I couldn’t even if I tried. I can’t be them; I can’t be anybody but me. CDB music is purely American music with something for everyone.”

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

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