Travis Tritt and Charlie Daniels will bring their “Outlaws and Renegades” Tour to the stage on Aug. 20, as part of the Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series at the 2019 Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival.
Daniels last played the AV Fair in 2007. The 82-year-old musician and author keeps a busy tour schedule each year. He’s played about 120-150 shows this year.
“Not as many as I used to,” Daniels said in a telephone interview.
He and his band will open for Tritt.
“Tell people we’re looking forward to coming out there and picking for them,” Daniels said.
The Grammy Award-winning artist’s legendary musical career spans more than 60 years. He’s sold more than 20 million records and earned inductions into the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Daniels titled his 2017 memoir, “Never Look at the Empty Seats.”
The book includes stories about his life, career, experiences along the way, and a wee bit of advice to those who would like to pursue a career in music.
“When you’re a young musician, you play where you can for anybody that will come to see you,” Daniels said. “You’re going to have some empty seats.”
His advice is to forget about them.
“You play for the full seats. It’s kind of the same things is the glass half full or half empty,” Daniels said. “You go for it and you go for it every night. When you do that, people appreciate it and will come back and see you again.”
His most recent book, “Let’s All Make the Day Count: The Everyday Wisdom of Charlie Daniels” came out last year.
Daniels finds time to write new music whenever he is not busy.
“I’ve got a guitar and a fiddle within easy reach of where I’m sitting,” he said. “I can grab it and start writing songs. I do about everything on an iPad anymore. I’ve got an iPad handy and I do my other stuff.”
Daniels also released a new record last year, “Beau Weevils, Songs In The Key Of E.”
The new 10-track album features him on lead vocals, guitar and fiddle, James Stroud on drums and percussion, Billy Crain on guitar and bassist Charlie Hayward, who is also a member of Daniels’ band.
“This is a little one-off project that I did with a guy I’ve been wanting to work for a long time,” Daniels said of Stroud.
Stroud, he said, is one of the most soulful drummers in the country.
“We didn’t have any material to do it with and so I sat down and wrote this material for that album. As I wrote the songs, they’re all kind of swampy and kind of bluesy,” Daniels said.
As he wrote the songs, each one ended up in the key of E, so that’s what he decided to call the album.
“It’s the only album I’ve ever done that all the songs are in the same key,” Daniels said.
After 61 years of touring, he still enjoys walking on stage and playing for people.
“I’m addicted to it,” Daniels said. “Since I learned three chords on a guitar, all I wanted to do was be a professional musician. That’s all I cared about and I worked toward that. That’s all I ever wanted to be, so I’m living the dream.”
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Daniels’ worldwide hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
“It’s hard to believe,” he said. “There’s something about the number 40 that our minds are kind of pre-conditioned to think that’s a line of demarcation between being old and being young.”
The Charlie Daniels Band plays “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” at every one of their shows.
“It truly is an amazing thing to have a song that lasts that long,” he said.
The Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series opens Aug. 16, with Collective Soul and Gin Blossoms. Classic rock band REO Speedwagon will perform Aug. 17 with supporting act Sir, Please.
The Aug. 19 concert will feature Christian Nodal and Lupillo Rivera. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will return to the AV Fair with his “Beyond the Fluffy” world tour on Aug. 19.
The Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series will close on Aug. 21, with multi-platinum super duo Big and Rich and Cowboy Troy.