In honor of late country music legend, Charlie Daniels, the Tennessee state Capitol announced plans to fly flags at half-staff on Friday. Daniels, most known for hit song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” died on Monday.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee shared a statement at a news conference on Wednesday about the singer-songwriter’s passing. Lee praised Daniels’s work as a musician and as being a man of Christian faith. “For me, I am most impressed by his legacy of faith,” Lee said. “While he leaves behind a multi-faceted legacy, for me his legacy of faith rises above them all.”
The Grand Ole Opry member died on Monday morning in Hermitage, Tennessee from a hemorrhagic stroke. Daniels was 83.
Funeral services for Daniels are being held in Murfreesboro, TN at World Outreach Church on Friday at 11 a.m. According to Tennessean, a number of Nashville stars plan on performing at the service. Artists including Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Gretchen Wilson, and Trace Adkins will be singing. Pastor Allen Jackson and country music radio host Storme Warren will lead the funeral.
Charlie Daniels Death: Statement from Country Music Hall of Fame CEO
Over the course of his celebrated career, the Country Music Hall of Fame member released 30 studio albums. Before topping the charts with “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Daniels worked as a session musician. He played on records for major artists including Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, and Leonard Cohen.
After receiving news of his death, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Kyle Young, shared a statement. “His music fused the immediacy of Southern rock with the classic country storytelling that he heard as a child,” Young said. “He brought new audiences to country music, pointing people to the sources even as he explored the edges.”
Charlie Daniels is survived by his wife, Hazel, and son, Charles William Daniels.