ADA — Legendary country music artist Charlie Daniels, known for his signature "bullrider" hat, huge belt buckle and all-American values, will appear in concert June 15 at East Central University

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in ECU's Kerr Activities Center and will help establish a $10,000 scholarship endowment in

Daniels' name for students in ECU's mass communications and music programs. The scholarship will be the first in the nation established in Daniels' name.

"Advance tickets will go on sale Monday just in time for holiday gift giving," said ECU staff member Debbie Allen who was instrumental in bringing Daniels and his band to ECU.

Allen's nephew, singer and songwriter Brennin Hunt of Oklahoma City, will be the opening act for the Charlie Daniels Band.

That connection is how the concert at ECU came about, Allen said.

"Brennin had made a demo tape and a woman named Barbara Hubbard heard it and wanted to help him out," she said.

Hubbard is executive director of American Collegiate Showcase Talent Search, a non-profit organization begun by Bob Hope that raises money for scholarships for students seeking careers in the performing arts.

"We had been working with her for about a year," Allen said.

"She had booked Charlie Daniels in New Mexico and wanted to book him somewhere in Oklahoma. She said she was willing to sponsor a scholarship, and one thing led to another.

"I jumped on the chance (to bring him to ECU)," Allen said.

She told Hubbard about ECU's facilities and Hubbard agreed on ECU as the venue.

Concert tickets for seats on the floor are $50 each. Tickets for the pull-out bleachers on the floor and reserved seats above the bleachers are $35. Seating in the top bleachers will cost $25.

The concert also will be presented by Gravely, a company that manufactures commercial lawn and garden equipment. Daniels is the company's spokesman as it celebrates its 90th anniversary.

Daniels has consistently reflected values which have connected with millions of fans for decades. He refuses to label his music as anything other than "CDB music," music that is sung around 4-H Clubs and scout camps, helped elect an American president and has been popularized on a variety of radio formats.

Born in Wilmington, N.C., and raised on a musical dietthat included Pentecostal gospel, bluegrass and rhythm and blues, Daniels in 1955 enlisted in the rock 'n' roll revolution ignited by Mississippian Elvis Aron Presley. Already skilled on guitar, fiddle and mandolin, Daniels hit the road with his newly formed rock 'n' roll band.

He teamed up with legendary instrumental producer Bob Johnston to write "It Hurts Me," which became the flip side of "Kissin Cousins," a 1964 Presley hit.

For ticket information, contact Debbie Allen at East Central University, 580-310-5539 or email shoestringagency@tds.net.

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