Country music icon Charlie Daniels passes away

| July 6, 2020 | Reply

Charlie Daniels, Oct. 8, 2018, at Choctaw Casino Event Center, Grant, Okla.

Press Release from Jeremy Westby, 2911 Media, with inserts and photos from Mary Jane Farmer, Scene In Town.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry member, and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels believed in and told musicians, then wrote it in a book, “Don’t look at the empty chairs.

Now his chair is empty!

Charlie Daniels passed away on the morning of Monday, July 6, 2020, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. Doctors determined the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke. Mr. Daniels was 83.

Tanya Wolfe, of Choctaw Casinos, talked with admiration about having hosted Charlie Daniels, at the Grant, Oklahoma, facility’s event center. The second concert was in October 2018, where and when the photos used here were taken.

“We have had Charlie Daniels here twice. Both shows were top notch! The first time he was here, it was only their second stop (show) after losing their longtime keyboardist in a car accident. Even with their loss, they continued the shows and performed at top notch. It had to be so emotional for them because all collateral and marketing was already out and included photos with him.

“They were so kind and great to work with! Not demanding at all and so appreciative. Great group of guys. They love America and aren’t afraid to say it. Their first show, our military had not gotten Osama Bin Ladin yet, and his drum set was a pic of osama with a target on it.  Lol.  I will never forget that.

“And he could still play the heck out of that fiddle!”

Charlie Daniels was a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his contributions to Southern rock and bluegrass in addition to country. From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, Charlie Daniels left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape few other artists. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and a true road warrior, Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a spotlight supporting the military, underprivileged children, and others in need. The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits such as the signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Over the course of his career, Daniels received numerous accolades, including becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, inductions into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. He helped to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He was a staunch supporter of the military and gave his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations including The Journey Home Project, which he founded in 2014 with his long-time manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by Charlie Daniels.

“I will truly miss my friend and fellow Country Music Hall Of Fame member, Charlie Daniels. He was one of the most honest and genuinely nice people in the business. I will miss our talks. We shared lots of memories and supported each other. My prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.” – Charley Pride

“All of The Oak Ridge Boys are saddened and devastated by this sudden and immeasurable loss. Charlie was not only a dear friend but a patriot who loved Jesus and loved the USA. It is all so very hard to process right now…We will miss Charlie, but we know where he is… The Everlasting Arms of HIS and OUR Savior hold him now…Until The Day Charlie…Until the DAY…prayers for Hazel.” – Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys

Band member and friend

“What a loss and a shock – we can hardly put this in words. Charlie was such a beloved part of our community! He was a great friend and a fellow patriot. I will always cherish the countless shows we worked together over the decades and our backstage talks. He leaves an immeasurable mark on country and southern rock music. Charlie was a great leader and philanthropist, incredibly humble and one of the biggest supporters of our armed forces and veterans. I loved standing in the wings when he took the stage – he was powerful and magical – he left other artists in awe and every audience on their feet! We love you, Charlie, and will forever cherish our friendship.” – Lee and Kim Greenwood

“I recall a show I played in West Texas with Charlie, what a great talent and personality he was, and so respected in the music world. He and his memory are cherished and loved by all.” – Janie Fricke

“I’m hurt. Charlie was one of the nicest guys in country music. He was always there to help anyone and he will be missed by all.” – Johnny Lee

“It’s hard to imagine country music without Charlie Daniels and the world will never be the same. Thankfully he left a legacy like no other that we can reflect on. You are loved and you will be missed!” – Shane Owens

Charlie Daniels with Band Member and Friend

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Personal note from Jeremy Westby, former Charlie Daniels‘ publicist:
“I had the pleasure of representing Charlie Daniels and his charity, The Journey Home Project, for many years. He headlined a concert at the Air Force Academy back in 1998. I’ll never forget how Charlie could shred that bow and keep the audience at the edge of their seats. I didn’t have the pleasure of talking to him then but as the years passed and my career came full-circle, I did – and then some. Charlie was much more than a client. He welcomed me and my family into his home on holidays, we had media junkets to New York and more wonderful experiences than I can count. To say he leaves an indelible mark on our community is an absolute understatement. I will forever cherish the moments we had, and being part of the team to help guide his induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame will never be forgotten!

My heart goes out to (family) Hazel, David, Bebe, Paula, Angela, Charlie Jr. and the rest of The CDB (Charlie’s band). Love to you all.”

Longtime friend Jerry Bolton, now of the Texas Hill Country said,  “Charlie touched so many people during his life . I’ve been listening to Charlie’s music all day today. Love it so much, plus the Gospel music is so great — that’s a side of Charlie that a lot of people never got to know.

Charlie was a great friend, a mentor. We were friends for around 30 years. Met  Charlie thru my cousin, Stevie Ray Vaughan . Charlie was a God Fearing Man who believed in the Good Lord Jesus Christ, his family and friends, and the United States of America. We spent many times together talking about these subjects from the bus to the backstage at the (Grand Ole) Opera, Billy Bob’s Texas, and so many other places over the years.

“I have a hole in my heart today because of the loss of my friend Charlie Daniels, but I’m sure there have a Big Jam in Heaven with my old friend Merle Haggard, great uncle Jim Reeves, cousin Stevie Ray, and so many other talented Musicians.”

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