AristoMedia Implements New Blog Feature

From: AristoMedia
Published: Fri Aug 29 2008

Independent entertainment PR firm The AristoMedia Group has announced the addition of a new industry blog available on their website,

The feature will serve as an additional outlet for clients to release relevant news and current events, says AristoMedia President Jeff Walker.

"I think it's a great free tool to keep people updated on what our clients are doing," noted Walker. "Additionally, it allows us the flexibility to pursue some more creative options that wouldn't necessarily be appropriate for traditional news releases."

The first installment is a 50-point retrospective on the life and accomplishments of Blue Hat Recording artist Charlie Daniels. The post celebrates Daniels' 50 years in the industry as a country music icon. (See below).

Upcoming topics include a Q&A with executive and former Mavericks member Robert Reynolds and a "Day-in-the-Life-of" feature with newcomer singer songwriter Adam Gregory.

The blog can be viewed at and marks the second free informational initiative AristoMedia has implemented recently. The quarterly AristoMedia Global Newsletter began digital distribution earlier this year, with future editions to also appear on the company's blog.


50 Reasons to Reflect:
Charlie Daniels' 50 Years Making Good Ol' American Music

How many artists can truly be called an American icon?

Charlie Daniels can. A man that is just as passionate about his charity work and support of the American troops as he is his own music, Daniels celebrates a half-century in the music business this year. In no particular order, here are 50 reasons to reflect on a remarkable 50 years of accomplishments.

#50 - Thirty-one years of Volunteer Jams! After the first concert in 1974, Charlie says, "We should do this once in a while." (There was a three-year break in the 1980s when no Jams were held).

#49 - In the sixties, Nashville often overlooks Charlie's talent as a session player. That is, until he records on Bob Dylan's 1969 masterpiece, Nashville Skyline.

#48 - The Rockets, Charlie's first professional band, form in 1958.

#47 - His first solo album, Charlie Daniels, releases in 1970. The Charlie Daniels Band is born the same year.

#46 - Artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tammy Wynette, Little Richard, Kris Kristofferson, James Brown, the Allman Bros., Willie Nelson and Ted Nugent are just a few of the performers that play the Volunteer Jam in its first decade.

#45 - "A redneck lookin' joint called the Dew Drop Inn" - lyric from Daniels' talking blues classic 'Uneasy Rider' off 1973's Honey in the Rock album.

#44 - Charlie's charity partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

#43 - The Charlie Daniels museum opens in Nashville in 2001.

#42 - The Urban Cowboy soundtrack just wouldn't be the same without "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"!

#41 - Charlie was a performer at the first Farm Aid concert in 1985.

#40 - Charlie Daniels: Playboy Award winner!

#39 - "I keep my Christmas lights on / on my front porch all year long / and I know all the words to every Charlie Daniels song." -Gretchen Wilson lyric.

#38 - Honored by the Pentagon with the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2007 for his support of military personnel.

#37 - Charlie Daniels - the author! Charlie's third book, a collection of essays called 'Growing Up Country: What Makes Country Life Country,' comes out in 2007. It features contributions from Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Jimmy Carter and Clint Black, among others.

#36 - Elvis Presley cuts Daniels' "It Hurts Me" in 1963 and releases it as the B-side to "Kissin' Cousins."

#35 - Awarded the Dove award in 1994 by the Gospel Music Association for Best Country Album of the Year for The Door, Charlie's first Christian album.

#34 - Charlie plays the Super Bowl XXXIX pre-game show with Gretchen Wilson, Earth, Wind & Fire and the Black-Eyed Peas in 2005.

#33 - Christmas For Kids benefit shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

#32 - He's the voice of Sirius radio's "Road Dog Trucking Show," channel 147!

#31 - Charlie releases "This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag," in response to Sept. 11. Demand for the single crashes his website,

#30 - Forms Operation Heartstrings in 2005 to help soldiers overseas battle depression and loneliness by organizing donations of musical instruments and equipment.

#29 - In 2005, Charlie performs for more than 15,000 troops at performances in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. Daniels sometimes played three shows a day for the American troops.

#28 - "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" goes #1 on the Country charts and wins a Grammy for 'Best Country Vocal' in 1979.

#27 - Charlie releases his first album of duets in 2007, featuring Bonnie Bramlett, Vince Gill, Gretchen Wilson, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker, Brenda Lee, Brad Paisley, and more!

#26 - Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry January 19, 2008. "There is no way I can express what it means to me," Daniels says. "I pursued my dream in music and by the goodness of God have been able to have a wonderful career, which has spanned fifty years."

#25 - 17 albums released to date on Charlie's own label, Blue Hat Records.

#24 - "A proud American... and a fair to middlin' golfer, too!" - former President Gerald Ford.

#23 - The Charlie Daniels catalog has sold over 20 million units!

#22 - Recording sessions with legendary artists Bob Dylan, Flatt & Scruggs, Leonard Cohen and Ringo Starr, to name just a few.

#21 - Over 4 million broadcasts of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" (source: BMI).

#20 - Presented with the Career Achievement Award by the Country Radio Broadcasters at the Country Radio Seminar in 2008.

#19 - Volunteer Jam still going strong, this year featuring Shooter Jennings and .38 Special. The Jam began its tradition as a traveling tour in 1999.

#18 - Performs in 2008 at the christening ceremonies for the USS New York, a naval ship constructed with more than seven tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center after Sept. 11.

#17 - Charlie's music crosses all boundaries, spawning numerous hits and awards in Rock, Pop, Country and Christian music genres.

#16 - Presented the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music in 1998. Former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford issue congratulatory statements.

#15 - The Charlie Daniels Donruss trading card!

#14 - Eighteen years of performances for American troops in 10 different countries, including Germany, Afghanistan, Cuba, South Korea and Iraq.

#13 - Records on Ringo Starr's 1970 album, Beaucoups of Blues.

#12 - Performs at Jimmy Carter's inauguration in January 1977.

#11 - Charlie's 1990 album Simple Man goes to #2 on the Country charts, his third consecutive decade with at least one Top Ten hit.

#10 - Charlie Daniels Band voted Touring Band of the Year twice by the Academy of Country Music.

#9 - Toured Europe with Leonard Cohen in 1969!

#8 - Charlie's children's album, By the Light of the Moon: Campfire Songs and Cowboy Tunes.

#7 - "Few individuals have symbolized the South in popular culture as directly and indelibly as Charlie Daniels." - quote from the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

#6 - Honored with the 2007 AMVETS Silver Helmet Award for four decades of service to American troops at home and abroad.

#5 - Charlie's signature "bullrider" cowboy hat!

#4 - Charlie not only beat the Devil, he beat Cancer, too. (Charlie had prostate surgery in 2001).

#3 - "Let there be harmony, let there be fun and 12 notes of music to make us all one." - Charlie Daniels.

#2 - Daniels' triple-platinum album Million Mile Reflections was a reference to over one million miles logged on the road performing for fans by 1980!

#1 - 50 albums, 50 years... and counting!!!

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