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Charlie Daniels to release new version of 'Ragged Old Flag' on July 4


Wed, Jun 14th 2017 04:15 pm
The Charlie Daniels Band to perform this Friday as part of 'Fox & Friends' 'All-American Summer Concert Series'
Few musical performers epitomize the American spirit with more passion and fervor than Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels. The singer, who has sung of his unabashed patriotism time in and time out during his career, is showcasing his love of the red, white and blue once again in his latest recording, which will be available for sale digitally on July 4 via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, among other digital platforms.
Daniels has recorded a version of the Johnny Cash standard "Ragged Old Flag." Written and recorded by "The Man In Black," the song hit No. 31 on the Billboard country singles chart in 1974. The song still garners airplay during the summer months on classic country stations nationwide, particularly around the Fourth of July. Recording this song allowed Charlie to combine two of his biggest passions: his country and his love of Johnny Cash. Daniels is joined on this track by Mark "Oz" Geist, Benghazi warrior/survivor and co-author of "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi."
"These lyrics are just as timely today as they were when Johnny originally recorded them over four decades ago," said Daniels, a Grand Ole Opry star. "The song demonstrates the passion and the love that we all should have for this country - and the freedoms that we enjoy with it. Of course, it is always a joy to record a song written by the great Johnny Cash. He was an American original, and someone that I consider myself humbled and honored to call friend. Good songs, such as his, continue to remain in style."
Having just turned 80 last fall - just a few weeks after his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame - Daniels is not slowing down in the slightest. He continues to tour across the country, and will release a new book, "Never Look At The Empty Seats," on Oct. 24. The book will document his legendary career, as well as several of his many trips abroad in support of the U.S. military.
With a career spanning nearly 60 years and exceeding 20 million in sales worldwide, Daniels is the quintessential southerner with a healthy dose of Wild West cowboy. For decades, he has connected with his millions of fans in the varying genres of music that reflect his steadfast refusal to label his music as anything other than the "Charlie Daniels Band" sound - music that is now sung around the fire at 4-H Club and Scout camps, helped elect an American president, and been popularized on a variety of radio formats.
Having celebrated multiple Grammy Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, BMI Awards, GMA Dove Awards and CCMA Awards, his list of accolades is broad; the latest being the newest inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Several of his albums have been RIAA-certified multiplatinum, and he has achieved a platinum-selling single in his iconic fiddle-ridden hit, "Devil Went Down To Georgia."
An outspoken American patriot and strong supporter of the U.S. military, his talked-about Volunteer Jam concerts are world-famous musical extravaganzas featuring artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama and others, all on one stage for one purpose: to raise funds for U.S. military. Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in 2016 raised funds for The Journey Home Project, a nonprofit veterans assistance organization that he co-founded.
For more information on Daniels, visit www.charliedaniels.com.

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