ROME, GEORGIA; March 16, 2015 – Along with the USAF F-22 Raptor and GEICO Skytypers demonstration teams, Country Music’s Hall of Fame legend The Charlie Daniels Band will be performing at the 2015 Wings Over North Georgia airshow & Smoke-n-Thunder BBQ Classic “Double” competition to be held this October 3-4 at Rome’s Russell Regional Airport.This year’s Saturday evening Smoke-n-Thunder Concert Series continues headlining America & Country Music’s national treasure, The Charlie Daniels Band. Rome’s local hometown favorite, The Georgia Blues Brothers band will open for Charlie Daniels. Both groups will perform Saturday evening after the Wings Over North Georgia airshow activities conclude.From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 78, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.
His own unique voice as an artist emerged as Charlie recorded his self-titled solo album in 1970 for Capitol Records. Two years later he formed the Charlie Daniels Band and the group scored its first hit with the top ten “Uneasy Rider.” Since then the CDB has populated radio with such memorable hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.“I love what I do,” says Charlie of his 50-plus years in the music business. “I look forward to entertaining people. When show time gets here, I’m ready to go, ready to go play for them. It’s a labor of love. I just thank God I make a living at what I enjoy doing.”
Over the course of his career, Charlie has received numerous accolades, including induction into the Grand Ole Opry and Musicians Hall of Fame. He’s been presented the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music and was honored as a BMI Icon in recognition of his songwriting. He’s received a star on the Music City Walk of Fame.
Opening for Charlie Daniels, “Jumpin Jake” (Chris Cole) and Elwood (Shawn Holcomb) formed the Georgia Blues Brothers Band in 2007, when they won the Coosa Valley Idol contest at the Fair in Rome, Ga.
“Jumpin’ Jake” mentioned to Elwood that he would like to enter the annual talent show at the Coosa Valley Fair as a Blues Brothers act. Elwood said “Hey man, I’d love to do it!” And after several practices of singing “Soul Man” and working on some dance moves, they took first place in the talent show. The very next day they performed at the Great Locomotive Chase Celebration in Adairsville, GA.
Now with an all star group of musicians including harmonica, keyboards, and horns, they have that big sound that is expected of a great Blues Brothers Tribute Band! The show includes a mix of music, dancing, singing, comedy and special effects. It is all energy from start to finish. Singing the songs you love from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, the crowd will be dancing and singing along all night!
“Jake” and “Elwood” always gets the crowd involved. They promise an energetic, fun filled show that will please audiences of all ages. Bring your cameras! They guarantee a good time!
All Saturday airshow attendees will have the perfect opportunity to kick back and enjoy this year’s special edition of the Smoke-n-Thunder Concert Series music featuring The Charlies Daniels Band Concert concluding with the patriotic Fireworks Grand Finale.
“RESERVED CONCERT SEATING OPTIONS” — include a limited amount of reserved concert seating creating the private party experience for our fans who prefer the absolute best viewing opportunities at the concerts. The on-line “Pick-Your-Seat” concert seating options include Blue (front); Green (center) and Yellow (rear) sections available now for purchase. Remember, each reserved concert seat purchased includes either an air show General Admission or Blue Sky Bleacher Seat ticket and reserved airport parking pass.
For those guests that demand the very best air show & concert experience, a very limited “Airshow VIP Experience” ticket is now available. This airshow VIP ticket pass includes the popular VIP Chairman’s Club Chalet, Front Three (3) Rows Concert Seating choice and Reserved Airport Parking Pass.
There is a complete selection of discounted airshow Ticket Packages, Bleacher and VIP & Family Chalets options that completely sold out last year available now on-line. This month our fans can also receive deep 30% discounts on the daily General Admission tickets and Reserved Airport Parking passes purchased through March 31st.
The Wings Over North Georgia air show and Smoke-n-Thunder BBQ Classic is an FAA, DOD, KCBS, GBC and International Council Air Shows (ICAS) recognized event. For the full list of performers, activities and ticket options — airshow fans, vendors and sponsors wanting to get involved can visit the official web site at www.WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com.