The ‘The Devil Wanted Down To Georgia’ Singer Lives At The Crossroads Of Happiness And Freedom
american icon and Folk singer The legendary Charlie Daniels will always be remembered for his heart and classic Deep South hits that left a long-lasting impression on the country he loved.
Granthshala Business called “The Pursuit!” Paying tribute to the musician in the latest episode of where host John Rich recalled conducting Daniels’ final interview three weeks before his death. The “Unsee Rider” singer passed away in July of 2020 from a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 83.
Rich sat down with Charlie Daniels Jr. to recount his father’s life in the spotlight. His son first addressed his pride in continuing The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project, which provides financial, rehabilitation and trauma support to veterans returning from war.
“I know he will feel extremely honored to see how many people are coming to pay tribute to him and carry on his legacy,” he said.
A member of the Musicians Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, Daniels always puts God, country and family first. But contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith first remembered Daniels as a “great friend”.
“The conversation was always about you,” he said. “He’s humble and that’s what I liked about him… Ask his band, ask the people he worked with. He was a very kind man. There needs to be more people in the world like Charlie.”
Smith encouraged the public to embrace Daniels’ love for philanthropy and special care for others, with his stage as an artist marking his ability to “do many things for many people”.
Doug Gray, lead vocalist of the Marshall Tucker Band and a lifelong friend of Daniels, also stressed the importance of continuing his friend’s traditions such as volunteer jam concerts.
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“Their importance to everyone in the whole world is enormous,” he said. “His beliefs influenced everyone all over the world.”
Daniels’ words portrayed through his lyrics assure that he was a trustworthy man, but Gray is forever reminded of the loss of his best friend.
“A man I could turn to as music or music anytime,” he said. “He was bigger than the family… Charlie means something to everyone.”
At the 2021 Volunteer Jam, country voice Travis Tritt called the event “bittersweet” without Daniels, while he paid tribute to his “incredible career” as an entertainer and an American.
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“He loved this country, he loved the people in it,” he said. “He loved what he did for a living…and never took it lightly.”
During Rich’s June 2020 interview with Daniels, the star himself explained how the pursuit of happiness and the ability to be free were the makeup of his life.
“Freedom and the pursuit of happiness go hand in hand,” he said. “Freedom to worship anyone you want. Freedom to go wherever you want, do whatever you want to say, right, wrong, indifferent, whatever, people don’t need to listen to you, But you have the right to say that. That is the pursuit of happiness.”
“God, family, country, work – these are my four principles.”