The Charlie Daniels story began in rural America. Born in 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina, he was raised on a musical helping that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands, and the rhythm & blues and country music emanating respectively from Nashville's 50,000-watt mega radio stations WLAC and WSM. He graduated from high school in 1955 and soon enlisted in the rock .n' roll revolution ignited by Elvis Presley. Already skilled on guitar, fiddle and mandolin, Daniels
formed a band and hit the road. Among his more notable sessions were the Bob Dylan albums of 1969-70 Nashville Skyline, New Morning, and Self Portrait. Daniels produced the Youngbloods albums of 1969-70 Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind, toured Europe with Leonard Cohen and performed on records with artists such as Al Kooper and Marty Robbins. The legend of Charlie Daniels spans over 57 years of playing and performing to fans all over the nation. He has shared the stage with Johhny Cash, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, BB King, and Willie Nelson to name a few. His live show in Sparks, NV was pure magic. Every song played by the CDB rocked and oozed southern rock mixed with up-tempo country. The crowd varied in age greatly but all were cheering when Charlie fired up Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash. Though I was only one year old when The Devil Went Down to Georgia debuted, I remember hearing it vividly for the first time. The story of Johhny and the way Charlie spoke the lyrics stayed with me forever. I imagined the scenario of a man trying to live his dream as a fiddle player and being challenged by Satan himself for the one thing money couldn't buy, his soul. The confidence Charlie displays while playing the fiddle taught me that although you may be from a small town your ability and willingness to be great can take you as far as you dream to go. Even if that includes, defeating the devil and tempation to sell you soul for riches, money and fame.