When Charlie Daniels was working on his fourth book, “Never Look at the Empty Seats,” the project took about 20 years.
“I couldn’t find a place to stop,” said Daniels in a recent phone interview. He finally did find an ending to the book which is the story of his life and career (so far!), but there are plenty more chapters that could be added. Like writing the book, Daniels, who will be 82 in October, just doesn’t see a time to end his music career.
The Charlie Daniels Band will take the stage at The Event Center at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, in Charles Town, West Virginia, at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.
Daniels, who also is unabashedly an outspoken patriot and supporter of the military, has won many awards including Dove Awards for his gospel albums and CMA Awards. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. That most memorable event is where he ends his story, but not the music — or the writing.
His next book, the fifth he’s authored, will be released in early November. Titled “Let’s All Make the Day Count: The Everyday Wisdom of Charlie Daniels.”
“It’s more on the inspirational side,” said Daniels, filled with the wit, wisdom and life lessons he has learned from traveling and playing across the country. “It’s a reflection on my life and experiences.”
The CDB takes off the months of January and February, but after that it’s full steam ahead with shows on most weekends and “always writing music,” he said. The newest band member joined about two years ago; the longest-running member has been with Daniels for 43 years. Daniels and his wife will celebrate 54 years of marriage on Sept. 20 (hope he got the date right!)
The North Carolina native began his pursuit of a career in music in 1958 at the age of 21. Sixty years later, he is still going strong. CDB is marking 45 years as a band. Their first hit was “Uneasy Rider.” Since then the band has populated radio with memorable hits such as “Long-Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp,” and his signature song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as Single of the Year from CMA. Daniels said he doesn’t know how many times he’s played that song, but “an educated guess, I’d say close to 10,000 times. I’ve never played it perfect, but I do play it better each night.”
While Daniels states his political views when asked, and regularly on his Soapbox (www.charliedaniels.com), politics are not part of his show. On the stage, it’s all about the music.
“We always do the songs that people have come to expect to see (like the above hits), and some new things,” he said. “We try to entertain people with the time we have on stage.”
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