Country music fans, Second Amendment supporters, and patriotic Americans of all stripes are mourning the news that Charlie Daniels has passed away at the age of 83. According to representatives of the Daniels family, the legendary fiddler died of a hemorrhagic stroke at a Nashville hospital on Monday. Accolades and tributes to the famed musician began pouring in almost immediately after his death was made public.
“Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and a true road warrior, Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need,” a statement from Daniels’ representatives reads.
In addition to his music, Daniels was a major advocate for several causes that were close to his heart including supporting the U.S. military with The Journey Home Project, which he founded in 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans.
“My manager, myself and some other people started this Journey Home Project to help — we’ve come to find out there is a great need for assistance by veterans who are returning from their service. Most of the people that we deal with haven’t gotten that,” Daniels told Fox News in 2019.
“We all know the agencies that are tasked with helping our military people are bureaucracies that, by nature, grind slow,” Daniels added at the time. “So there are immediate needs and slow bureaucracies, and we kind of step in and try to help out.”
Charlie Daniels was all about Americans helping their fellow Americans, and the less government or bureaucracy involved, the better. I had the opportunity to interview Daniels several times over the years, and one thing that always stuck with me was his desire to see our nation be everything it’s capable of being.