It was a beautiful day in Columbia Falls for a concert. The weather was fine, the sun unleashed its brightness upon the waiting crowd, and the anticipation for The Charlie Daniels band grew as the time passed. The day would be one of thanks to our veterans both serving and having served as sponsored by Wreaths Across America (WreathsAcrossAmerica.org) remembering those who have returned and those who have fallen in the name of our freedom.
A young man named Scott G. took the stage and popped off a few acoustic numbers including some originals, one exclaiming that he wanted to be famous and was met with appreciative cheers.
Danny Harper and his band of merry musicians took hold of the audience with his sincerity and honesty both in word and song as he praised our military and our country with truth pouring out through the speakers. His style is humble and strong. Danny has had his ups and downs in life and has endearingly expressed them through his lyrics having battled alcohol and defeated the demon. His straight pointed method of telling a story shines through with a type of directness not found very often anymore declaring if you want the truth then listen to Fox News. His ballads touch your spirit and his kickers do just that. A talented man with a lifetime of stories to tell.
As soon as The Charlie Daniels band took the stage, the storm had begun. His sudden burst of presence and his large stature along with the surrounding wall of music left no place to hide. He was here and everyone knew it. Song after song pleased the crowd after what seemed to be a long absence of time from the Maine stage. His strength lies within his ability to convince you of his conviction to what he sings and his dedication to a way of life in which he clearly stands, God, freedom, and America. Hit after hit bombarded The Balsam Falls Amphitheater with mass approval from the enthusiastic audience. His more than well seasoned musicians were featured as the night came upon us being well evident that Charlie Daniels does not skimp when it comes to surrounding himself with talent. A most moving rendition of “How Great Thou Art” began with a delicate acoustic guitar and roared into a spiritually touching crescendo praising God for his many blessings. Charlie’s fiddle playing is nearly unmatched soloing about as quick as lightening, notwithstanding his amazing guitar solos side by side with the rest of his virtuosos taking the lead guitar to another level. The well laid notation and sometimes intricate guitar leads only show the dynamics of this well oiled machine called the Charlie Daniels band. Needless to say, the final tune was the swansong “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” a number where the devil is beaten once again. A magnificent evening all around concluded the show leaving us with the inspiration that God, country, our military, Fox News, and The Charlie Daniels Band still stand for what we need to live out in our daily lives.