Charlie DanielsCharlie Daniels was patriotic before patriotic was cool which is undoubtedly why he's been tapped to host America's Opry Weekend 'Star-Spangled Special' during the upcoming Independence Day weekend. To find a radio station near you that carries the show, check the Grand Ole Opry website.

Charlie will share live cuts from the Opry stage and other musical salutes to the U.S.A. by artists including Carrie Underwood ('All American Girl'), Brad Paisley ('Water'), Lady Antebellum ('American Honey'), Josh Turner ('Firecracker'), and, of course, Charlie's own tunes 'In America' -- released in 1980 in response to the Iran hostage crisis -- and his classic hit 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia.'

"I love this country," Charlie wrote in his 'Soapbox' blog just before the 2009 Independence Day celebration. "I never cease to be fascinated with America from the teeming streets of New York City where everybody is in a hurry, to the dusty back roads of the rural South where nobody is in a hurry. It's a glorious, beautiful, wonderful time of year in a glorious, beautiful, wonderful country."

Charlie's next CD 'Land That I Love' is scheduled release on Aug. 10. Two of the new cuts -- 'Iraq Blues' and 'What This World Needs Is a Few More Rednecks' -- will be available for digital download on July 4.

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