Charlie Daniels Band Shares Excerpt from Legend’s Latest Book About ‘Getting Things Done Right’

by Joe Rutland
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The Charlie Daniels Band is offering fans of the late country music singer and legend a tidbit from Daniels’ book, “Let’s All Make The Day Count.”

In an Instagram post on the band’s official account, Daniels writes, “Unbridled energy gets things done but disciplined energy gets things done right. Let’s all make the day count.”

The book, entering its third printing, has this information about it on Amazon: “Beloved American icon and Grammy Award-winning musician Charlie Daniels shares wit, wisdom, and life lessons he has learned from traveling and playing across the country.

Let’s All Make the Day Count imparts Charlie’s positive attitude, timeless insight, and powerful spirit, and it will encourage and inspire you to make your day count.”  

Coincidentally, when the book was originally released in 2018, Daniels took part in an hour-long interview and book-signing event. He talked about writing the book and what it meant to him.

Daniels died of a hemorrhagic stroke in July 2020. He was 83 years old.

Charlie Daniels Band Play Legendary Song For First Time

Any musician looking to build up a successful career usually needs a signature song.

Conversely, if you are able to make it stick and see it rise to the top of the country music charts, then you’ve got a true winner.

The Charlie Daniels Band definitely found their song in “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” in 1979.

Nashville fans had no idea they were about to hear the Charlie Daniels Band play the hit song for the first time ever in front of a public crowd.

Further, Daniels was hosting the fifth annual “Volunteer Jam” at the Nashville Auditorium.

Daniels, dressed in jeans, a vest and a plaid shirt, very casually introduced the song.

“Here is a song we just finished writing and recording,” Daniels said. “And we are going to do it for the very first time in public tonight…This is called ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia.’”

Obviously, he gave his fiddle a couple of tweaks and tucked it under his chin.

He talked, sang, and played a tale about the devil and a fiddle player named Johnny.

The song was Daniels’ band’s biggest ever. It hit No. 3 overall on the “Billboard Top 100.”

Vassar Clements, a bluegrass fiddle player, originally wrote the melody an octave lower. The song was first called “Lonesome Fiddle Blues.” When Clements released the song in 1975, Daniels played guitar in the band.

The Daniels band tweaked the song and recorded it four years later.