Daniels Ditches PBS Special

Charlie Daniels has bowed out of the PBS special A Capitol Fourth because the show’s producers did not want him to sing a new patriotic composition, “The Last Fallen Hero.” In a letter to producer Walter Miller, Daniels writes, “The song in question is not an angry song. It is a tribute to the people who lost their lives on 9-11.” In the song’s lyrics, Daniels calls the 9/11 attackers “cowards” and goes on to assert that “the winds of wars are blowing.” In the letter he says, “I have made my living entertaining the public for over forty years now and I think that I have a pretty good idea of the national mood. And I assure you that this song would not offend anyone with the exception of the deplorable characters who attacked our nation.” Lee Ann Womack will be part of the show’s cast. She is scheduled to sing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” and her current hit, “Something Worth Leaving Behind.” Aretha Franklin, Aaron Carter and Jane Monheit also are among those scheduled to perform. 06/20/02