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Charlie Daniels lends more than his name

The singer has been donating his time, money and services to the Angelus since 1991.

At 63, Charlie Daniels is still a country boy. And he's proud of it.

While country singers like Garth Brooks and Shania Twain have earned success in the pop music genre, Daniels has remained true to his roots.

Today's country music? "I don't pay much attention to it," he said. "We just play our Charlie Daniels Band music."

That's exactly what he'll do Sunday at Coachman Park. Daniels and some of his Nashville buddies will perform in a benefit concert for the Angelus, a group home in Hudson for severely disabled children and adults.

Some celebrities just lend their names to charity events, but Daniels' involvement with the Angelus goes much further. Since 1991 he has helped raise money for the non-profit organization by persuading other country stars to join him in donating their time for the concert.

Daniels also holds a special church service for residents of the Angelus on the morning of the Sunday concert.

"It's just such a worthy cause, and it's a great organization," he said Tuesday from his Nashville studio. "I'm honored to be a part of it."

Daniels was born in 1936 in Wilmington, N.C. The sounds of gospel, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, and country filled his youth.

He recorded his first song in 1959. Forty years later, he's still recording and touring.

He has worked with Bob Dylan, won a Grammy Award, earned three Country Music Association trophies and won two Academy of Country Music's Touring Band of the Year awards.

"Charlie's great," said Gerry Wood, chief correspondent for Country Weekly magazine. "He puts on a super show."

And he promises to do so Sunday. There's just one thing he would like in return: "Let's hope it's warm and sunny."