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Artists + Friends Remember Charlie Daniels

The music world was shocked when news broke that music icon Charlie Daniels died on Monday (July 6). Now, artists and friends alike are coming together to remember the legendary musician.

“Nobody I respected or admired, in this world, any MORE than my real friend, Charlie Daniels.” — Randy Owen of Alabama

“The passing of Charlie Daniels is not only a huge loss for the industry but a personal loss. Charlie has been a personal friend throughout our career and we consider him family. Charlie was a patriot that stood for the good of all men. Charlie, you will be missed, my friend.” — Jeff Cook of Alabama

“From the eighties until last year, I’ve had the pleasure of not only touring with but getting to know Charlie Daniels. He was everything on stage a great artist should be. But it was the off-stage Charlie I grew to love over the years. Many times Charlie would answer the call to do charity work and never charge a cent. He set a humble example of what a man, a friend, and Christian should be by the way he treated others. I’m gonna miss you, my friend.” — Teddy Gentry of Alabama

“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

“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

“I am very saddened to hear of Charlie Daniels’ passing. I have known and loved Charlie since our early days when he appeared on one of my television specials and l played his Volunteer Jams. Charlie was a strong man who loved his family, fans and country. The music community and the world have lost an old friend.” — Crystal Gayle

“Daniels showed the rest of us what it means to be a great human being. He found redemption, then lived a life devoted to serving God, his family and fellow countrymen. He was much more than his music. He was kind and strong and had a powerful soul that will be sorely missed here on earth, but no doubt has received eternal glory in Heaven. We will always love and miss him forever. God bless you, Mr. Charlie.” — John Rich

“Charlie Daniels was someone you could lean on at any time or ask his advice. I am so blessed to have known him as a peer, as a friend and performed with him many times. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” well, the devil never had a chance! And now Charlie is playing that fiddle with the heavenly angels in the Big Man’s band. Some day I’ll see you again, Charlie.” — Tanya Tucker

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“Charlie Daniels was a man of God, a voice of reason in unsettled times. He was a brother and friend. Until we meet again on the shores of the everlasting. Rest in Peace, Charlie Daniels.”  — Marty Raybon of Shenandoah

“For all of us in the music community, Charlie Daniels was like our big brother. He always took up for us and was always the one to stand up for our America. Thank you, Charlie. Go rest now. You made your mark on our world, and we will miss you.” — Mike McGuire of Shenandoah 

“This Legend, Charlie Daniels, was at the core of my roots and influences in music. We recorded “Just As I Am” together for his Gospel Album. “Oh, Lamb of God I come…I come,” sings the hymn. An honor to call him my friend. Fiddle is gonna be roaring in heaven tonight! #RIP” — Billy Ray Cyrus

“Every time I was around Charlie I felt like I was standing next to pure country. He sang about Faith, Patriotism, family and having good, clean fun. I’m so grateful that I got to meet and know a truly great man.” — Naomi Judd

“Getting to open for Mr. Charlie was one of my very first memorable moments in country music. He’s an important part of my story. When Mom & I opened for Mr. Charlie in the ’80s, I was so young, so naive and in awe of my heroes and sheroes in country music. I spent most of my time trying to talk to, hang out with and learn everything I could from the artists we played shows with. Mr. Charlie was always so kind to me. He always made me feel so important. His heart. Oh my. His passion for God and his country, it really was what made him such a gifted soul. I adore him!! He’d come over to me in a crowded room to hug me. He always made time for me and I respect him so much for the way he treated me and so many others in the room. During one of our moments backstage before a show, I was talking to Mr. Charlie about how nervous I was being onstage. He told me to “Never look at the empty seats.” I have not forgotten his words to me. Charlie Daniels is a maverick. His heart is bigger than most. He lived and he loved large!!!!! Thank you for your service to our great country sir. I love you so.” — Wynonna Judd

“We just lost the greatest American hero I’ve ever known. He brought me and T-Roy to the game!!! I’m so proud that I got to call him a friend! My heart is truly broken. I’m so glad I got to talk to him last week. Rest easy, my brother.” — Eddie Montgomery

“Charlie Daniels was a life force. His music was ancient and modern all at once and overlapped every genre. He was a giver to those in need and those who showed promise. A great patriot, an authentic American.” — Dennis Quaid

“Charlie Daniels. He’s been a big part of the soundtrack of my life. He’s always been there since I was a kid. I can recall as early as 1973 when I first heard “Uneasy Rider.” He had the gift of storytelling through his music and song, and he would tell the story in a way no one else could. My wife Robin and I spoke at length with Charlie just last Wednesday. It was a joy, as always, to have a heartfelt conversation with him.  He spoke of his music and the joy it has brought him to be able to share it with so many people for so many years, and he spoke of those he worked with that have helped make it possible for him to have a career that he loves. And he spoke proudly of his son Charlie Jr. as well as the blessing of being married to Mrs. Hazel for 56 years. As much as I will miss him, I know there are those that worked with him day in and day out, that really knew him so well, those that shared the stage with him, those that worked on his ranch and those that worked in the office making sure The CDB was ready to go. I will pray for them today, that the huge void that is left with the passing of Charlie Daniels will be filled with the what Charlie knew was the most important thing in life and in death, the love of Jesus Christ.” — John Berry

“He loved his God, he loved his family and he loved his country. And we all loved him!!!  He lived it and breathed it every day. What a great American!” — Brenda Lee

“Charlie was outspoken and larger than life on stage. Offstage, he was kind, compassionate and helped so many along the way, both in music and beyond. A showman, a patriot, a one-of-a-kind. He will be greatly missed.” — John Anderson

“I had just watched the special video message Charlie sent to me for my birthday and then got the devastating news of his passing. But I realize the greatest gift of all to me personally was his friendship. I was so happy when he became a member of our Opry family because it meant we’d see him more often and appearing on his Volunteer Jam was one of the highlights of my career. I admired his kind, gentle spirit, his support of our military, his love for our music, his community and our country. I just admired everything about Charlie Daniels.” — Jeannie Seely

 “My first Opry performances in Texas as a young 14-year-old was singing “Devil Went Down To Georgia,” “In America” and “The Legend of Wooley Swamp.” I have always been such a fan of Charlie and his band. A class act, a patriot, and one of the nicest men I have ever met. I know where he is now and it is glorious! Grace and peace be with his bandmates, family and friends at this time. Thank you Mr. Daniels for always being so kind to me over the years. Go rest high on that mountain that you have talked about so many times.” — Tim Rushlow

“I thought that 2020 could only get better and I was wrong. To hear that one of my heroes has passed away, the great Charlie Daniels, has broken my heart. I can’t even put the words together. He was so special to the world not just as a musician, but as a man, a truly great human being. Charlie has been so good to me over my career. I have been so lucky to share the stage with him many times. I can’t imagine this world without him. I have had many talks with him about music, about life and about how to treat people. He stood up for this country, he stood up for what was right, he stood up for his faith. He did what he said — he was everything I want be and still want to be. I will never get over you not being here, Uncle Charlie. There has never been anyone like you. There will never be another. I love you, Charlie. Rest Easy. You are and will always be the BEST.” — Colt Ford

“It’s so hard to put into words what an influence Charlie’s music was on me and on everyone who ever heard it. He was an amazing man, musician, songwriter and entertainer. There was nothing he couldn’t do. He will be so missed in this world. Sending prayers to Hazel and all of his family.” — Aaron Tippin
 
“Charlie Daniels was my friend. He was my friend on many levels and we had an unspoken understanding that if either of us ever needed the other, it was a given. Charlie was very bold about what he believed in and I am too. I’m gonna miss you old friend. I’ll tell you all about what happens when I get there. I love you and I miss you already but I’ll be there before you miss me. Say hello to Momma and enjoy your time till we meet again.” — Darryl Worley

The music community has lost one of its greatest American icons today. Charlie Daniels is one of those artists whose music will never die. He was also one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life and also a great patriot. God bless him. Charlie Daniels was statue material.” — Sammy Kershaw

“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

“It was an honor to know Charlie. He was a Godly, family man and the U.S.A. didn’t have a better friend. He always had an encouraging word and a firm handshake. Sheila and I pray for Miss Hazel, the family, the band and his entire organization. Rest in peace ol’ pal!” – T. Graham Brown

“One of my favorite people on this earth, Charlie Daniels, has gone on to his eternal reward today. Oh, how he will be missed at the Grand Ole Opry and everywhere else he was loved. Charlie, thank you for being a patriot, a statesman, a Christian, a friend, a father, a husband to Miss Hazel and a great maker of music that will live on for generations. You made an indelible mark in this life and you will be missed my brother.” — Ricky Skaggs

“Back in 2009 when I was green to the music industry, I had the opportunity to open for the Charlie Daniels Band with an artist I was playing drums for at the time. In addition to creating a lasting musical memory by watching CDB perform a masterful show from the side stage, I was fortunate enough to meet Charlie and chat with him briefly backstage before our show. A strong Christian man, a patriot, a skilled musician and a gentleman… Charlie Daniels left me with an incredible impression that helped further inspire me to keep working hard and treat others with warmth and kindness, such as he treated me. Until we meet again Charlie, rest in the peace of our Heavenly Father’s arms.” — Michael Boris of Lockeland

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