The Nebraska State Fair of 2012 greeted The Charlie Daniels band on a misty night to it’s Heartland Events Center. KNLV’s Lynn Daily had the honor of meeting Mr Daniels before the concert to find out a bit about him and also what he’s been doing.
Charlie Daniels was born on Oct. 28, 1936, in Wilmington, N.C., and raised on music like: Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands and the rhythm & blues and country music from Nashville’s radio stations. He graduated from high school in 1955. Already playing the guitar, fiddle and mandolin, Daniels formed a rock ‘n’ roll band went out on the road. Daniels made his first big break with the 1973′s hit hippie song “Uneasy Rider.” Rebel anthems like, “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It” propelled his 1975 collection Fire on the Mountain to double-platinum status. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which became a platinum single, topped both country and pop charts, won a Grammy Award, earned three CMA trophies, became a cornerstone of the Urban Cowboy movie soundtrack and propelled Daniel’s Million Mile Reflections album to triple- platinum sales levels.
Daniels enjoys hunting, fishing, skydiving, and other outdoor activities. He is a member and supporter of the (NRA) National Rifle Association. Daniels married his wife, Hazel, in 1963. Together, they have one son, Charlie Daniels, Jr., as well as three grandchildren. On January 15, 2010, Daniels was rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado. He recovered and was released 2 days later.
Daniel’s is currently touring with his CDB group and speaking out on behalf of the working man and always saluting the men and women who serve the USA in all capacities. Daniels has earned his right’s to be an outspoken American as he put it, “I’m 75 years old and I can pretty much say what I want because I have that right.”