A few years back Charlie Daniels scored with "The South Is Gonna Do It Again," a mixture of Dixie boogey and southern bravado. The song became a popular rebel-rock anthem, but turned out to be less than prophetic.
It was apparent at Merriweather Post Pavilion last night that the Daniels band is not to be found on the long list of southern rock casualties. Carrying the rebel flag high in front of his 10-piece band, Daniels seemed stronger then ever. After performing a dirge-like tribute to Elvis, Janis Joplin and Ronnie Van Zant, Daniels hit full throttle with irresistible force. Rock 'n' roll, Texas swing and hard country blues - there's little that the Daniels band doesn't handle well. With the addition of a solid brass section, Daniels also treated the audience to some blasting Memphis blues, but it was his hot fiddle that brought the audience to its feet.
Daniels' music isn't his only appeal. At over 200 pounds, he has to be rock's most unlikely fashion trend-setter. The audience, decked out in western and Confederate garb, looked as if they had raided an Army and Navy store on their way to Columbia.