The late Charlie Daniels has a significant place in the history and legacy of country music. Daniels passed away in July 2020 after a hemorrhagic stroke.
He is iconic for his skills with the fiddle, contributions to Southern rock, country, bluegrass and songs like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
While he was originally a supporting musician to artists like Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, and Leonard Cohen, he eventually created his own place in music. His skills on the bass, fiddle, and banjo got him on different tracks with key artists of the ’60s and ’70s.
Eventually, however, he had started the Charlie Daniels Band in 1974. It featured Roy Acuff, Stevie Ray Vaughn, James Brown, and the Marshall Tucker Band.
Daniels spent his life performing. He would travel overseas and sing for service members. According to Classic Country Music, he even appeared on “Larry’s Country Diner.” This was a variety show that mixed interviews and music and was taped live. It took place in a country diner and was released on Country Road TV.
On the show he sang his version of the classic song, “Amazing Grace.”
During his funeral service, country artist Travis Tritt sang “Amazing Grace” to honor his friend.
Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam
Since the 1970s, the Charlie Daniels Band has been headlining the annual Volunteer Jam. However, after Daniels’ death, this year’s concert will instead be a tribute to the country icon.
The new date is Aug. 18 after COVID-19 continues to push the date back. The official name of the event is “2021 Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute to Charlie Daniels.”
According to Taste of Country, Randy Travis, Chris Young, Lorrie Morgan, Exile, Alabama, Ricky Skaggs, Gretchen Wilson, Mickey Gilley, and others are set to perform now. The date has moved twice so far.
In the past guests were artists like Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Joel, Tammy Wynette and so many others. The very first Volunteer Jam was in 1974 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Many of the shows were even broadcast live on the radio at the time.
The Charlie Daniels Band’s long tradition will now be a touching memorial of their musical legacy.