Raised among the longleaf pines of North Carolina, Charlie Daniels began his career playing bluegrass music with the Misty Mountain Boys. After moving to Nashville in 1967, he began making a name for himself as a songwriter, session musician and producer. Elvis Presley recorded a tune Charlie co-wrote titled “It Hurts Me,” which was released on the flip side of “Kissin’ Cousins.” He played on such landmark albums as Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and tried his hand at producing on the Youngbloods’ Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind.
Spanning a career of 50+ years, selling more than 20 million albums, and receiving a 1979 Grammy for his Charlie Daniels Band signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” this year, turned into one of the most important years of Daniels’ life.
Charlie was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, received an exhibit in his honor called “Million Mile Reflections” (named after his 1979 album with his signature song), and celebrated his 80th birthday with no slowing down. His induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, gave Charlie a bookend to his memoir, “Never Look At The Empty Seats,” which will be released in fall 2017.
The Charlie Daniels Band performed more than 100 concerts this year, including performances on the Grand Ole Opry and his 80th birthday “Volunteer Jam,” a concert he started in 1974, when he invited friends to join him on a “volunteer” basis to jam together, while dedicating proceeds to worthy causes. Luke Bryan, Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton, Travis Tritt, 3 Doors Down, and Larry the Cable Guy, on the line-up for Volunteer Jam 2016, join Charlie in celebrating his 80th birthday. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s jam, will help veterans through his non-profit The Journey Home Project.
Charlie Daniels is the quintessential Southerner with a healthy dose of Wild West Cowboy. Seldom seen without his signature bull-rider hat and belt, Charlie’s lifestyle on his beloved Twin Pines Ranch reflects his love of all things Western; horses, cowboy lore, rodeo heroes, old western movies and Louis L’Amour novels are among his favorite pastimes. It’s not so much the style of music, but more the
values consistently reflected in the varying genres that connect Charlie Daniels with his millions of fans. For decades, he has steadfastly refused to label his music as anything other than CDB music, popularized on a variety of radio formats.
"It's been a rewarding life; an exciting life and I would do it all over again in the twinkling of an eye. It's been a great ride gang, and we're still in the saddle and it ain't over by a long shot. Bring it on." - Charlie Daniels
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