Next Wednesday, feel free to wish the Bluegrass aficionado in your life a Happy Charlie Daniels Day.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has officially declared Aug. 18 as ‘Charlie Daniels Day’ in the days leading up to the late artist’s annual Volunteer Jam festivities at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena scheduled for the same day, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
This year’s show will serve as a tribute to the legendary fiddler, vocalist and guitarist who stands in hallowed territory for fans of country and bluegrass and who made his biggest dent into mainstream pop culture with “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
“The Volunteer Jam is a proud Tennessee tradition, and this year we’re bringing music fans together for a special tribute to the legendary Charlie Daniels,” said Governor Lee in a press release. “For over 50 years, Charlie shared his talent with people across our country, and I’m proud this celebration will carry on his legacy and showcase Tennessee’s rich musical heritage.”
Daniels died in July 2020 at age 83 due to a hemorrhagic stroke.
Since 1974, Daniels’ Volunteer Fest has been held annually, with the Charlie Daniels Band headlining. Guests have included Ted Nugent, The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tammy Wynette, Roy Acuff, Carl Perkins, Alabama, Don Henley and Barefoot Jerry.
“We are so honored by the recognition shown by Governor Lee and the great state of Tennessee,” said Daniels’ longtime manager David Corlew. “Charlie was born in the Carolinas but considered Tennessee his home. He loved it here. What better way to honor him than to do it at the Volunteer Jam, one of the state’s most cherished events? He always said if he ever had to leave Tennessee, he wanted to go to heaven. So now that he’s changed addresses, let’s raise the roof and make him proud.”