"We got any rednecks in the crowd tonight?"
Charlie Daniels' question was met with cheers from most of the people who gathered for his concert Friday night in Havre de Grace's Tydings Park.
"I kind of figured that," Daniels said, and gave his own description of a redneck — someone who works in the sun all day long — before launching into "A Few More Rednecks."
Daniels was met with more cheers when he dedicated a song to everyone who is, was or will be an American soldier.
"There are no finer Americans than the ones that you see in those uniforms," he said.
Later in the night he debuted a new single, "Let 'Em Win or Bring 'Em Home," which he wrote for American soldiers.
He drew several cheers, too, in his rendition of "Amazing Grace," which he prefaced by saying "I'm not ashamed of man named Jesus Christ."
The concert drew more than a thousand people Friday night in Millard E. Tydings Memorial Park in Havre de Grace, as part of the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival.
Bob Barbour, of Hickory, came out "for a crab cake and CDB," he said before the concert.
A lifelong Charlie Daniels fan, Barbour said he, too, was a fiddle player, and had seen Charlie Daniels perform several times since the early .
What he likes most about Charlie Daniels, Barbour said, is "his openness, his lyrics, his message."
With Barbour was Joe Buser, who is also a longtime Charlie Daniels fan.
"I've been listening to him forever," he said. "I just like his style of music."
Both men enjoyed the earlier performance by School of Rock. Although Barbour said the fiddle player was "jamming" in a cover of Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, there was "no way" she could compete with Charlie Daniels, whom he associated with "Old South" country.
Vikki Lex, of Pennsylvania, agreed.
"He is a fiddling phenomenon," Lex said. "He is amazing and he has inspired every moment I have ever wanted to play an instrument. He is badass."
Lex came down for the concert because her mother, Mary Lex, a Havre de Grace resident, was able to get tickets. And she said she was "loving every minute of it."
Just listening to Charlie Daniels, she added, inspired her to learn more about the fiddle.
Havre de Grace resident Stephanie Jackson came out "to enjoy Charlie Daniels," and although she pointed out that people were unable to bring chairs, overall she said the concert was "awesome."
"We're having a good time," she said.
So was Cody O'Dell, an Alabama native who recently became a resident at John's Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. O'Dell said he works 100 hours a week and as a fan of country music, wanted to come out.
He wasn't let down, either.
"It's great," he said. "It's Charlie Daniels."
Elizabeth Hooper, also from Pennsylvania, praised Charlie Daniels as well, calling him a legend.
"I think you only get one life to live," she said, "and you might as well see a legend when you can."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun