Seafood Festival Chairman Janet Thayer announced earlier this week that the Charlie Daniels Band will headline this year’s event.
"Because this is the 10th annual event, we wanted to raise the bar on the entertainment this year," Thayer said. "Daniels has roots in Georgia, a large fan base and the reputation of being able to put on a top notch live performance. I think it will be a great show."
Thayer said the festival’s regular stage and sound guy, Sid Gattis, had some strong contacts with Daniels which led to a verbal agreement in less than two weeks from when the committee decided to go with the band.
"Charlie Daniels’ people have been a joy to work with thus far and a written contract has been signed," Thayer said. "City officials have expressed interest in Daniels coming to Richmond Hill for years, so it’s nice to finally make it happen."
Perhaps best known for his hit song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", 72-year-old Daniels has been making music for 40 years and continues to tour relentlessly. His other hits include "Long Haired Country Boy", "The South’s Gonna Do It", and "In America".
It is perhaps fitting for Daniels to perform at a venue near the border of Fort Stewart as he is known for his support of the military. His most recent album, "Live in Iraq", documents a show he performed last year for American troops.
The Tenth Annual Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival comes to J.F. Gregory Park on Oct. 17-19. The Swingin’ Medallions are also scheduled to play. Past headliners have included Gregg Allman, Eddie Money, Atlanta Rhythm Section and Survivor.