By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
Darien, NY – In addition to the impressive performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd on the “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour,” two of the three opening bands were exceptional. The Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker Band played well received sets (Jamey Johnson also performed on this evening).
The Marshall Tucker Band, was the first band to play on this evening, The band was formed in 1972 in Spartanburg, South Carolina , and currently consists of original vocalist, Doug Gray plus Marcus James Henderson (keyboard, saxophone, flute), Chris Hicks (guitar) and Rick Willis (guitar), Tony Black (bass) and B.B. Borden (drummer).
Marshall Tucker Band played a short five song set that consisted of the band’s two signature hits: “Can’t You See,” and “Heard It in a Love Song.” Highlights of their sets included some incredible guitar work by ex-Outlaws Chris Hicks and Rick Willis. For more on Marshall Tucker Band, please visit www.marshalltuckerband.com
Next up was the legendary Charlie Daniels band. Charlie Daniels, who turned a young 81 years old this year, played his heart out. He is still a force onstage, dazzling the audience with his virtuoso fiddle playing and timeless hit songs. When the final song of his set, the iconic “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” started, everyone, including venue workers stopped and watched in awe. Charlie Daniels is a true American tressure. Catch him if he plays in your town! For more on the Charlie Daniels Band, please visit www.charliedanielsband.com