Country music superstar Charlie Daniels died earlier this month after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83.
Musically gifted, Daniels was also a provocative, compelling writer. More on that later. Please stick around for that.
Daniels is perhaps best known for his number-one country hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Daniels has been active as a singer and musician since the 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
Four (4) years prior to “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” in 1975, Daniels had a top 40 hit that was fun, free-wheelin’, rollicking, and also a message song.
“The South’s Gonna Do It.”
Pretty harmless, right?
Not exactly. Not when you had some folks that saw hate around every corner.
Daniels’ recording was blasted by ignorant, clueless people that thought the ‘it’ was referring to rebirth of racism, specifically from the KKK.
“I’m damn proud of the South, but I sure as hell am not proud of the Ku Klux Klan. … I wrote the song about the land I love and my brothers,” said Daniels.
The ‘it’ was about the rising popularity of Southern rock bands.
Throughout Daniels’ big record he mentions the following such bands in this order:
Marshall Tucker Band
And of course, the Charlie Daniels Band
“His music fused the immediacy of Southern rock with the classic country storytelling that he heard as a child,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “He brought new audiences to country music, pointing people to the sources even as he explored the edges.”
Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, Travis Tritt and Gretchen Wilson were among the stars who honored Daniels with emotional performances of some of the late singer’s favorite songs at the funeral.
Now to Daniels’ writing skills. He was a great American.
His closest friends all concurred Daniels had a love of God and a love of country. He wrote a regular column for CNS News. Here are some of the last Daniels published.
America is still the greatest and I want to express my personal feelings about our beloved country, its magnificence, its beauty, and its diverse population.
This then is America!
The land God blesses with everything
And no Eiffel Tower, no Taj Mahal,
No Alps, No Andes,
No native hut, nor Royal Palace,
Can rival her awesome beauty,
Her diverse population, her monolithic majesty.
America the Free
America the mighty
America the beautiful
I don’t remember a time in my 83 years when the cowardice, incompetence, indifference, and downright impotence of governors, mayors, and others responsible for the protection of citizens and their property have been more evident, disappointing, and disgusting.
What’s going on in our nation is not a “Block Party” or a “Summer Of Love” and any politician naive enough to describe it as such is not only unworthy of their office, but a clear and present danger to the well-being of every human being in their constituency, and thereby America at large.
This is anarchy, plain and simple.
If someone steals your car, who do you call?
If someone is at your front door with a gun and a sledgehammer, who do you contact?
If there is a missing person, do you call the local chapter of Antifa?
When there is a wreck, who will come and clear up the snarled traffic?
What if a bunch of people decide they like your house and just move in and threaten your family if you don’t leave…who will come and save you?
Anarchy is bedlam. Unled and unprincipled bands of roving thugs with guns, leaving rape, murder, and mayhem in their wake is a terrifying thing, and this is exactly what will happen if the Thin Blue Line that keeps the jungle and deadly animals at bay would suddenly disappear.
I don’t believe that any politician who ran on a defund police platform could ever win and I don’t believe that there is any widespread support amongst the people for such a thing.
I hope you, when you can, take the time to read those columns in their entirety.
Rest in peace, Charlie Daniels.