Country Throwback: ‘Charlie Daniels Christmas Time Down South’ Premieres on TNN 30 Years Ago Today

by Joe Rutland
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Throughout his life, Charlie Daniels always seemed to display kindness and compassion toward children. It’s little wonder he made time for a Christmas special.

It has been 30 years since Daniels’ premiere of “Charlie Daniels Christmas Time Down South” on TNN (The Nashville Network).

Obviously, the memory remains sweet for Daniels’ family and friends. The Charlie Daniels Band’s official Instagram account shares this photo with the caption, “ON THIS DAY in 1990, “Charlie Daniels: Christmas Time Down South” Christmas special premiered on TNN. -TeamCDB/BW #christmas #christmastimedownsouth #tnn #letsallmakethedaycount #cdb #charliedaniels #charliedanielsband #thecharliedanielsband #fiddle #opry #grandoleopry #country #countrymusic #countrymusichalloffame #classiccountry #classicrock #southernrock.”

Daniels named the show after his song “Christmas Time Down South.”

Take a listen to Daniels and his band performing this country music holiday favorite.

Charlie Daniels Remembered At CMA Awards

Daniels died in July 2020 after suffering a stroke. His musical legacy, though, will never fade away.

Several musicians took the stage at the 2020 CMA Awards and performed a rendition of Daniels’ iconic hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, and fiddle player Jenee Fleenor performed the hit that helped make Daniels a household name. The song will open the awards ceremony.

Coincidentally, throughout his career, Daniels won four CMA Awards. He won Instrumentalist of the Year in 1979. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” remains Daniels’ most popular song.

That song went multiplatinum and even crossed over into the pop genre on the charts.

Also, it earned Daniels both a CMA Award for Best Single of the Year and a Grammy Award.

Take a look at the star-studded tribute in memory of Daniels.

In addition, after being delayed four months, the CMA Awards took place on Nov. 11. Darius Rucker and Reba McEntire hosted the event. This was the fifth time McEntire has hosted the event and was Rucker’s first.

Since his death, several musicians have honored Daniels and his legacy. Most recently, Daniels’ band members placed both Tennessee and United States flags over the musician’s grave a few days after his birthday.