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RIP Charlie Daniels

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Just wanted to say a goodbye to someone who's music helped me grow up and become the man I am now.  Thank you for your guidance and staying with your beliefs, I will listen to you always.  Peace, Brother and fellow Patriot.

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What the World needs is a few more Rednecks

 

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5 hours ago, Snakebite said:

What the World needs is a few more Rednecks

 

By today's media Political Correctness standards, somebody would expect them to change their name.  

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6 hours ago, Dusty Devil Dale said:

By today's media Political Correctness standards, somebody would expect them to change their name.  

They would have a hard time changing the name of Charlie Daniels famous song of that name, or it's message. I think that the last people on earth to worry about Political Correctness are Americans "Rednecks", and they are not all in the South. :D

 

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Rest in Peace Charlie. A great MAN and Patriot!

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He was a great Patriot & a good Christian soldier. A shining example for us all. He will be missed by me and countless others who found his words and his music inspirational. And he was genuine & down to earth in person, off stage. 

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We sure are gonna miss him. Saw him for the second time a few years ago at Greenlake Park in Wilmington. Great Patriot and spokesman for us gun lovers. RIP big man.

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Charlie saved the life of a friend of mine. The friend crashed his car in front of Charlie’s place. He was badly injured and Charlie pulled him from the wreck and staunched the bleeding from a laceration on his neck until the ambulance arrived.

 

He also hired a couple of my schoolmates to play in the band! From the first Volunteer Jam through the release of the Fire on the Mountain album, Barry Barnes played lead guitar and Gary Allen played drums in The Charlie Daniels Band!

 

Charlie was a top hand!

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I was honored to meet Charlie Daniels back in 1975.  He and his band were making a promotional stop in Montgomery, Alabama at Newsome's Records in the old Montgomery Mall.  I was on my way home from a part time job when I heard a local radio station say that the CDB was at Newsome's Records and were signing autographs. 

 

I had inherited my great-grandfather's fiddle and had been trying to teach myself to play it.  There were no fiddler's in the area back then that I could learn from.  I had CDB's album "Fire on the Mountain", and had taught myself "South's Gonna Do It" and Charlie's version of "Orange Blossom Special".  There is a very fast part of Orange Blossom Special called "the shuffle" that I just could not figure out the bowing strokes on from listening to the album.  So I rushed home, grabbed my old fiddle and cowboy hat, and headed to Newsome's.  I was the last person allowed in the door, and they locked the door behind me.  When it came my turn in line for an autograph, Charlie looked up and saw the skinny kid with the pulled down hat and old fiddle case under his arm, and he gave a big smile and said "Now here's a fellow I want to meet.  What can I do for you, son?"  I told Charlie the story of the old fiddle, and how I couldn't figure out the shuffle on Orange Blossom Special.  He grinned and took my fiddle and bow, then proceeded to give me about a 15 minute lesson on the "shuffle" bow strokes and fingering.  I thanked him hugely, and he signed my fiddle box.  Since there were no other customers still in the store, he invited me to the back room of the store to eat fried chicken, bar-b-que'd beans, and cold beer with him and the band.  He offered to buy my fiddle, saying it was one of the best sounding fiddles he'd ever heard.  I assured him that he'd never make enough money to buy that fiddle.  He smiled his big smile, patted me on the shoulder, and said "good for you son, keep that fiddle and treasure it." 

 

I will always treasure that fiddle, and I'll always treasure the personal fiddle lesson from Charlie Daniels, and the knowledge that I'd just spent time with one of greatest Southern Gentlemen I'd ever be lucky enough to meet.

 

RIP, Charlie.  I hope that we'll be able to play together again some day.

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4 hours ago, Marshal Hangtree said:

"good for you son, keep that fiddle and treasure it." 

This brought tears to my eyes...

That's a great memory. Thanks for sharing it here.

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And Ennio Morriconi who composed some of the most hauntingly beautiful western scores, A Fistful of Dollars, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly among others. Lost two true giants. 

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No entertainer can take Charlie's place, but we do desperately need an entertainer to step up to the plate, like Charlie did, and support the firearms owners, and the really positive American values, like he did, as well.  This is a huge loss for all of us.  He was a leader in common sense, and decency.  He was a thorn in the side of the progressive movement, of the leftist/liberal movement, of the trend toward socialism, we are encountering today. 

 

Rest now Charlie...well done, good and faithful servant....and we will see you later on, at end of trail.

 

W.K. 

 

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Funeral is being held in Murfreesboro, TN.  Friday, July 10th.

 

Flags in Tennessee will be flown at half staff in Charlie’s honor!

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