Festival Organizers are excited to have three bands that have been a part of the ALWS events in some capacity at least once since 2011.
Stroud, Wilson and Thompson Family Dentistry Hometown Stage Schedule for August 5, 2017
8:30 pm The Charlie Daniels Band
6:30 pm Southern Experience Band
5:00 pm Dirty Grass Soul
The Charlie Daniels Band will be the headliner for the free evening concert at the 5th Annual 7th Inning Stretch Festival in Uptown Shelby on Saturday, August 5. The Charlie Daniels Band will take the stage at 8:30 pm.
Charlie Daniels continues a varied musical career that spans over 6 decades.With hits to his credit, “The South’s Gonna Do It”, “Long Haired Country Boy”, “In America”, “Uneasy Rider” he is most famous for his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” which won the Grammy award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979 and was included on the soundtrack for the hit movie “Urban Cowboy.
Daniels has won six BMI Country Awards and he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009 and more recently the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
A proud supporter of the US military, he has performed overseas for US troops and in 2014 he co-founded The Journey Home Project, a nonprofit organization to help U.S. veterans.
The opening act for The Charlie Daniels Band will be The Southern Experience Band, taking the stage at 6:30 pm. Southern Experience Band is a popular Country Rock band out of Kings Mountain, NC. Influenced by country, blues, jazz and funk, the band was nominated for Band of the Year at the 2016 AMG awards.Band members are Scott Sanders, Nikao Wallace, Alton Eddins and Ron Humphries. The band has achieved a fan base both in local and national markets evident by print media and radio air play. "The Southern Experience Band" identifies with ordinary lifestyles, the small things in life that are significant and uses four part harmonies and down home lyrics to establish the band's brand.
Local favorite Dirty Grass Soul will open the Stroud, Wilson and Thompson Family Dentistry stage at 5:00 pm. Proudly hailing from the musically rich foothills of Cleveland County (Shelby, NC), Dirty Grass Soul has been entertaining audiences across the Carolinas and beyond since their formation in 2011. With a sound that draws much influence from traditional music of the North Carolina foothills, Dirty Grass Soul manages to bring a new, refreshed, and re-energized sound to their music that falls somewhere between country, bluegrass, and southern rock & roll reminiscent of acts like The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band. Rather than simply relying on heavy guitar leads, Dirty Grass Soul offers instrumentation that mixes in a heavy dose of fiddle, pedal steel guitar, and banjo in addition to the guitar. DGS is lead by founding members Kevin Dedmon (Fiddle, Vocals, Guitar) and Lance Watson (Bass, Mandolin). They are joined by Tyler Melton (Vocals, Lead Guitar),Dedmon's brother Kris Dedmon (Banjo), Glenn Miller (Pedal Steel Guitar), and Jared Miller (Vocals & Percussion).