BY SHEENA BARNETT
CORINTH – The music of the South will be in the spotlight Saturday in Corinth.
The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at the Crossroads Arena, with David Lee Murphy opening.
Daniels is promoting his latest CD, “Hits of the South,” which features covers of Southern songs like Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird” and “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top.
“We’ve toured extensively with some of (these bands), so it was natural for their music to be a part of our lives. It was natural to do a tribute album to them,” Daniels said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal.
He’s ready to play some of those songs, and a lot of his own hits, in Corinth.
“Basically you owe people songs they’ve heard on the radio. You can’t go without playing ‘Long Haired Country Boy’ or ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia,’” he said. “People have a right to expect you to play those.”
On stage is Daniels’ favorite place to be.
“I like creating in the studio,” he said, “but it doesn’t compare with playing live. That’s the name of the game.”
For the opening act, he loves creating music both for himself and his fellow country singers.
David Lee Murphy has penned his own hits, like “Dust on the Bottle,” as well as hits like “Big Green Tractor” by Jason Aldean and “Living in Fast Forward” by Kenny Chesney.
“It’s really great to hear your song on the radio. It’s like watching your kid grow up to be something,” Murphy said in a phone interview with the Journal.
Like Daniels, he’s excited about the Corinth show.
“Honestly, I love to be out there playing songs. There’s just a certain thing, you get out there and play, especially when people know your songs and you’re far away from home,” he said. “We’re gonna play a lot of songs you know, you’ve listened to and that you’ve partied to.”
Daniels promises a good time at the Crossroads Arena.
“Let’s have fun together, from the first note to the last. It’s all about fun, it’s all about America and, of course, I’m a Southern boy, so it’s about the South,” Daniels said.
“We’re there for their entertainment.”
WHO: Charlie Daniels Band, David Lee Murphy, Maty Noyes
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Crossroads Arena, Corinth
COST: $53/rows 1-9, $43/rest of the floor, $33/all risers, free/all military veterans and those in active duty.
INFO: crossroadsarena.com, (662) 287-7779