Daniels pulls rank
Monday, October 31, 2011
– That's Brigadier Gen. Charlie Daniels to you.
Charlie Daniels celebrated his 75th birthday at the Opry this past weekend. During the show, Tennessee National Guard Major General Max Haston promoted Daniels to the Guard's rank of brigadier general.
The Opry returns to its most famous former home, the Ryman Auditorium, for a three-month winter run beginning Nov. 1 with appearances by Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins and more. Others scheduled to appear in November and December include Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Civil Wars, Marshall Tucker Band, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Keith Urban and Daniels.
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