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Born as the son of a lumberman in North Carolina, Charlie taught himself to play the guitar at age 15. With that kind of ambitious start, why wouldn't he turn out to be a cornerstone artist in the American music community? Charlie's musical education came from a diverse foundation with roots in country, rock, jazz, bluegrass and a little pop. As every starting/starving artist knows, getting started in the music business is difficult even when everything is going your way. Charlie's first taste of success came from his ability as a songwriter when Elvis Presley recorded his song 'It Hurts Me' in 1964. Bob Johnston, producer for Bob Dylan, was impressed enough with Charlie's sound he encouraged him to move back to Nashville where Charlie worked as a session guitarist. You can hear Charlie's guitar on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline LP and various tunes by Ringo Starr, Marty Robbins and many other artists.

Charlie released his first self titled album in 1970 with Capitol Records, and within a year he had assembled the Southern rock sensation known as the Charlie Daniels Band. The CDB recorded 5 albums for the Kama Sutra label as they forged a path for other Southern rockers. Probably the album most remembered during this time from Charlie was 'Fire On The Mountain', released in 1974 and reissued in 1980. There are few people alive on the planet earth that haven't heard such tunes as 'The South's Gonna Do It Again', 'Long Haired Country Boy' and the bluegrass tune 'Orange Blossom Special'. In 1979, Charlie released what many call his finest work during that time: 'Million Mile Reflections'. One of the songs from this LP, 'Devil Went Down To Georgia' took the listener on a country version of the tale of Mephistopheles as a fiddler gambled with his precious soul. The 'Devil' earned Charlie a Grammy and the CMA Single of the Year in 1979. His band's performance also earned them the CMA Award for Top Instrumental Group in the years 1979 and 1980.

Probably the thing Charlie is best known for these days is writing tunes with a clearly American message. Songs like 'In America (1980), Simple Man (1989) and his newest tune 'This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag' clearly show where Charlie's loyalties lie. Charlie's faith also comes through with his appearances at such events like the Billy Graham Crusade and the upcoming Christian Country Music Awards. This man has never backed away from a challenge, standing for what he feels is right. While he encountered a bit of flak from country radio about adding his current hit to their playlists, many radio stations heard from listeners wondering what the problem was with having a strong American message contained in a country song. Isn't that what American country is all about? Charlie believes that with every song he sings.