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CHARLIE DANIELS TO HOST AMERICA’S OPRY WEEKEND STAR-SPANGLED SPECIAL
INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND

NASHVILLETenn. (June 17, 2010)  American icon and Grand Ole Opry memberCharlie Daniels has been tapped to host the America’s Opry Weekend Star-Spangled Special over Independence Day Weekend. The show is available to country radio stations across America from Westwood One.  Throughout the special, Daniels will share country music’s biggest hits so far this summer, live cuts from the Opry stage, and musical salutes to the red, white and blue.  Among the songs and artists included in the special are “All American Girl,” Carrie Underwood; “Water,” Brad Paisley; “American Honey,” Lady Antebellum; “Firecracker,” Josh Turner; and of course theCharlie Daniels Band’s  “In America” and “Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
Daniels, known for his fiddle playing, has been a music icon for over 50 years.  CDB music, as Daniels likes to call it, is an exhilarating mixture of rock, country, bluegrass, blues, and gospel.  Daniels’ boundless energy and strong support for our nation have helped shape him as one of the country’s most recognized patriots.  The Opry member’s next CD release, the patriotic compilation LAND THAT I LOVE , (release date 8/10) will include two new cuts being released for digital download on July 4th (“Iraq Blues” and “What This World Needs is a Few More Rednecks”) on Blue Hat Records/E1 Ent.
Programmers interested in the America’s Opry Weekend Star-Spangled Specialshould contact Sue Falco at Westwood One at (212) 641-2012 orsue_falco@westwoodone.com.  America’s Opry Weekend presents top artists’ performances from the Opry stage each week.  The show is serviced by Westwood One and airs on country radio stations across the country and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. 
About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from
NashvilleTenn.  Celebrating 85 years of entertainment, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program, America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels.  For more information, visitopry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com

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