Mt. Juliet in Wilson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Tennessee Music Pathways
Over the course of a career that began in the late 195Os, singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Daniels has bridged Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music.
Charles Edward Daniels was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Oct. 28, 1936 the son of a tobacco farmer. The Grand Ole Opry was Daniels' first significant influence as he became proficient on guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle. In 1953, he formed a bluegrass band, switching later to rock 'n' roll. He made his first record in 1959 as a member of the Jaguars. His producer, Bob Johnston, moved to Nashville and called Daniels to join him. Together they wrote "It Hurts Me," a song that was recorded by Elvis Presley in January 1964.
In 1967, Daniels relocated permanently to Nashville to become a session musician. Notably, he was on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline and Ringo Starr's Beaucoups of Blues. He also produced several rock acts, including Roy Buchanan and the Youngbloods.
Forming the Charlie Daniels Band in 1972, Daniels signed with New York pop label Kama Sutra Records, On his first hit, "Uneasy Rider”
After Kama Sutra folded, Daniels signed with Epic Records. His first No. 1 country hit, "Devil Went Down to Georgia,” placed a new spin on the "deal with the devil” theme and became one of the most popular country songs of all time. Revived by many artists, it has also been used in Olympic gymnastic presentations and featured in movies, including "Urban Cowboy."
In 1974, Daniels produced his first Volunteer Jam featuring a panoply of predominantly Southern artists from across the musical spectrum, reflecting his expansive taste. All but one of the subsequent Volunteer Jam concerts has been staged in the greater Nashville area. On the 20th Volunteer Jam in 2018, Rolling Stone commented, "[It] celebrates all .. sides of Charlie Daniels, but most importantly reaffirms his pivotal role as a bridge between both musical genres and generations."
Daniels has recorded Christian, blues, bluegrass and children's albums, but mostly what he calls "CDB music." Some of his songs and interviews have courted controversy, but Daniels insists that his starting point is unwavering patriotism. His views were codified in a 2003 book, "Ain't No Rag: Freedom, Family, and the Flag." In 2017, he published a memoir, "Never Look at the Empty Seats."
Daniels has a parallel career as a rancher. His Twin Pines Ranch near Lebanon breeds cattle and horses. He lives in Mount Juliet, where a park is named in his honor. He is noted for his philanthropy, targeted especially at servicemen's causes and underprivileged children.
The recipient of many awards, Daniels was honored in 2005 as a BMI Icon. In 2008, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
[Caption:] Charlie Daniels performs during Faster Horses Festival on July 22, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Erected by Tennessee Music Pathways.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Entertainment.
Location. 36° 13.357′ N, 86° 30.543′ W. Marker is in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, in Wilson County. Marker is on Charlie Daniels Parkway 0.1 miles north of Willow Creek Drive, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located inside Charlie Daniels Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy, Mount Juliet TN 37122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Williamson Chapel Complex (approx. 3.3 miles away); Mt. Olivet Baptist Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Hunter's Hill (approx. 5.4 miles away); Blackwood Field (approx. 5.4 miles away); Tulip Grove (approx. 5˝ miles away); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away); New Hope Baptist Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); Ginning and Pressing "King Cotton" (approx. 5.7 miles away).
Regarding Charlie Daniels. Daniels died on July 6, 2020. He was 83.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.