Like the State of Texas, Charlie Daniels is partly
Western and partly Southern. His signature "bull-rider" hat and belt buckle, his
lifestyle on the Twin Pines Ranch (a boyhood dream come true), his love of horses, cowboy
lore and the heroes of championship rodeo, Western movies, and Louis L'Amour novels,
identify him as a Westerner. The son of a lumberjack and a Southerner by birth, his music
rock, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel is quintessentially Southern.
It hasn't been so much a style of music, but more the values
consistently reflected in several styles that has connected Charlie Daniels
with millions of fans. For decades, he has steadfastly refused to label his music as
anything other than "CDB music" music that is now sung
around the fire at 4-H Club and scout camps, helped elect an American President and been
popularized on a variety of radio formats.
His 1975 collection "Fire On the Mountain" was propelled to Double
Platinum status with "Long Haired Country Boy" and
"The South's Gonna Do It."
In the summer of 1979 he delivered "The Devil Went Down to
Georgia." This became a Platinum single, topped both country and pop
charts, won a Grammy Award, became an international phenomenon, earned three Country Music
Association trophies, became a cornerstone of the "Urban Cowboy"
movie soundtrack and propelled Daniel's "Million Mile Reflections" album to Triple
Platinum sales levels.
By 1981 the Charlie Daniels Band had twice been voted
the Academy of Country Music's Touring Band of the Year.
"Full Moon," issued in 1980, became Charlie
Daniels' third Platinum album. "Simple Man" (1989) is also Platinum, while
"A Decade of Hits" (1983) is Triple
Platinum, and "Windows" (1982), "Saddle Tramp" (1976) and "Midnight
Wind" (1977) are Gold.
He earned a Dove Award from the Gospel Music
Association in 1994 for "The Door" and a 1997 CMA nomination for his
remake of "Long Haired Country Boy."
In 1995 he contributed to the album "Amazing
Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel," produced by Bill Hearn.
His "By the Light of the Moon: Campfire Songs & Cowboy Tunes"
(1997), "Christmas Time Down South" (1990) and "Blues Hat" (1997) albums added further layers to
his multi-faceted style.
Charlie's annual Volunteer Jam concerts (world-famous musical
extravaganzas that served as a prototype for many of today's annual day-long music
marathons) always featured a variety of current stars and heritage artists and are
considered by historians as his most impressive contribution to Southern music.
"I used to say, 'I'm not an outlaw. I'm an outcast,'" says the
Grammy Award winning star. "When it gets right down to the nitty gritty, I've just
tried to be who I am. I've never followed trends or fads. I couldn't, even if I tried. I
can't be them. I can't be anybody but me."
Awards include --
- TNN/Music City News Living Legend 1999
- Academy of Country Music Pioneer Award 1997
- CMA Musician of the Year 1979
Hit songs include --
- Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye
- Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues
- Simple Man
- Still Hurtin' Me
- Cowboy Hat in Dallas
- Midnight Train
- (What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks
- The Devil Went Down to Georgia
- Still In Saigon
- Ragin' Cajun
- American Farmer
- Bogged Down In Love
- Little Folks
- Honky Tonk Life
- This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag
- Southern Boy
Charlie Daniels Band may be available for your next special event!
.Orchestra charts available.
..70s, ..80s, ..90s, ..00s, ..10s
Charlie Daniels --
Born: ..in North Carolina
Oct 28, 1936