Once the news of the death of country music’s legendary songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Daniels was out, the country community came out in full force to share their memories of the man who meant so much to so many.
Travis Tritt posted a picture that speaks volumes about his love for Daniels. “My heart is crushed today after hearing that my dear friend Charlie Daniels has passed away. Charlie was the first legendary artist to take me under his wing and encourage me when I was first getting started in the business. He was always there for me when I needed him. I have so many great memories of touring, performing, writing and recording with Charlie, but my favorite memories are of simply talking with the man when it was just the two of us alone,” Tritt wrote. “Farewell dear friend until we meet again. Thank you for being such a friend, mentor and inspiration to me. I will always be grateful.”
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My heart is crushed today after hearing that my dear friend Charlie Daniels has passed away. Charlie was the first legendary artist to take me under his wing and encourage me when I was first getting started in the business. He was always there for me when I needed him. I have so many great memories of touring, performing, writing and recording with Charlie, but my favorite memories are of simply talking with the man when it was just the two of us alone. Farewell dear friend until we meet again. Thank you for being such a friend, mentor and inspiration to me. I will always be grateful. My deepest condolences go out to the Daniels family, friends and fans.
And even for newcomer Luke Combs, the country great’s passing has hit him hard.
The country music flag is flying at half mast today. RIP Charlie Daniels.
— Luke Combs (@lukecombs) July 6, 2020
Other country artists who have been mourning Daniels all day and all night on social media:
— Jamey Johnson (@jamey_johnson) July 6, 2020
My heart is heavy upon hearing about the death of Charlie Daniels. Not only was he a great musical artist, he was a great man, husband and father. He and I attended the same church and he will be missed. He was a patriot and was so full of life until he took his final breath. pic.twitter.com/uYAzhraA70
— Josh Turner (@joshturnermusic) July 6, 2020
Well, the devil went down to Georgia, but Charlie went straight to heaven. My heart, like many millions of others, is broken today to find out that we've lost our dear friend Charlie Daniels.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) July 6, 2020
.@CharlieDaniels was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever known. We laughed, cried and prayed together. Charlie, thank you for everything you've done for me, your endless support of us, you will live on forever as my hero… my friend. I love you. pic.twitter.com/ENYZP54JmL
— Randy Travis (@randytravis) July 6, 2020
Just when I thought 2020 couldn’t break my heart anymore… Charlie Daniels you will always be an American hero. Rest In Peace sir.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) July 6, 2020
Maddie & Tae
Rest In Peace to one of the greatest. It was an honor getting to meet Mr. Charlie Daniels years back at the @opry. Sending love to the Daniels family and our country music community. pic.twitter.com/sXlRLOi4i0
— Maddie & Tae (@MaddieandTae) July 6, 2020
(1/2) Today I have a very heavy heart as I reflect on the legendary Charlie Daniels. It’s true that meeting your heroes is dangerous because more often than not, they disappoint you. Charlie was the exception. I absolutely cherished his friendship. (Con’t) @CharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/Z5w7gc6Izr
— Trace Adkins (@TraceAdkins) July 6, 2020
— Dustin Lynch (@dustinlynch) July 6, 2020
— Bellamy Brothers (@BellamyBrothers) July 6, 2020
When I was 10 years old, I came to a Nashville and recorded this song. It’s called “I’m Gonna Be (The Only Female Fiddle Player in Charlie Daniels Band)”. RIP Charlie. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SeRHFrWI2v
— Sara Evans (@saraevansmusic) July 6, 2020
I grew up on the CDB, and I know I'm blessed to call Charlie and Hazel friends. Love and strength to this family. The world mourns with you. RIP Charlie. xoxo #charliedaniels pic.twitter.com/cEz8BgTcrd
— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) July 6, 2020
— Brandy Clark (@TheBrandyClark) July 6, 2020
Little Big Town
Charlie- you were a true gentlemen and the absolute kindest of souls. Always giving on and off the stage. This is such a heartbreaking loss for all of us but mostly for his family and band. You all are in our hearts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/xlGHMpaYn7
— Little Big Town (@littlebigtown) July 6, 2020
RIP Charlie Daniels… wow… what an absolute legend. Got to see him play at the Opry one time and sat on the stage right behind him. Won’t ever forget it! 2020 has got to go!
— Parker McCollum (@ParkerMcCollum) July 6, 2020
— ALABAMA (@TheAlabamaBand) July 6, 2020
“So sad to lose Charlie today. Such a great entertainer and a great human being. Cowboy too. We’ll miss you Charlie Daniels!” – gs pic.twitter.com/iznJoO7UJV
— George Strait (@GeorgeStrait) July 6, 2020
I am very saddened to hear of Charlie Daniels’ passing. I have known and loved Charlie since our early days when he appeared on one of my television specials and I played his Volunteer Jams. Charlie was a strong man who loved his family, fans and country. ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/1FBeNUb6BR
— Crystal Gayle (@TheCrystalGayle) July 6, 2020
Getting to shred with @TheChrisLeDoux AND @CharlieDaniels on the same stage was one of the most magical nights ever. Go rest high Charlie- and blessings today to all of your family.
With love and friendship always.
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) July 6, 2020
I’m sad for the world and for his family…but I’m smiling a little because the angel band in Heaven just got themselves one heck of a fiddle player…see you again, one day, sweet Charlie Daniels. ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/8DmJ26Qjvl
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) July 6, 2020
Charlie Daniels was part of my very first music collection. And a great guy. He showed us how it’s done. RIP superstar. -T pic.twitter.com/BzvKsNrQQh
— Toby Keith (@tobykeith) July 6, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Daniels some years ago, and he was one of the sweetest men I’ve ever met; so respectful and cordial. I’ve met some of my “heroes” before and been a little disappointed, but, Mr. Daniels was NOT one of those moments.
— Cody Johnson (@codyjohnson) July 6, 2020
Runaway June’s Natalie Stovall
Charlie Daniels was the epitome of a Southern gentleman. He was kind, welcoming & so sweet. Playing “Devil” with him will forever be a highlight of my life. The Devil is Pissed as Hell with how loud the angels are rejoicing in Heaven. I’ll do my best to make you proud. ✨ pic.twitter.com/kRkAAMR9nM
— Natalie Stovall (@NatalieStovall) July 6, 2020
HEARTBROKEN!! Trying to gather my thoughts…. pic.twitter.com/FxVjR62v8J
— Darryl Worley (@darrylworley) July 6, 2020
Lost an amazing man and entertainer today. Rest In Peace, Charlie Daniels. pic.twitter.com/iybYRNkJ37
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) July 6, 2020
Rest In Peace Charlie Daniels, my fellow North Carolinian. I was honored to receive NC's Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from you backstage at the Opry in 2017. Thank you for your sharing your talent and your kindness with all of us. pic.twitter.com/FImllzA9NY
— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) July 6, 2020
Prayers for Hazel, Charlie’s family and his CBD road family. Charlie allowed John to film him doing an intro of me for my showcase for RCA Records back in 1991. He didn’t know me at all. He was just that generous and kind. One of a kind he was. #RipCharlieDaniels
— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) July 6, 2020
— Gretchen Wilson (@gw27) July 6, 2020
Man I am heartbroken to hear that Charlie Daniels passed away this morning. He was one of the nicest/kindest people I have ever met. Thanks for the musical legacy u left all of us. We will miss you Mr. Charlie! pic.twitter.com/bKs49MlVlT
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) July 6, 2020
Just learning of the passing of this great man. What a hero. A true patriot, Christian, and country music icon. Prayers to his family. Thank you for all your contributions on and off the stage. God bless you Charlie Daniels. pic.twitter.com/BiQ4FlAlPc
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) July 6, 2020
Oh man, sad to hear about @CharlieDaniels passing…I grew up on his music… brilliant songs and smokin' records. And always, without fail, every time I had the pleasure of being around him, he was one of most genuine, kind and thoughtful folks I've ever run across.
— thetimmcgraw (@TheTimMcGraw) July 6, 2020
Lost one of the best this morning. RIP Charlie Daniels. pic.twitter.com/dV8kIjDLOP
— Tyler Farr (@tylerfarr) July 6, 2020
“We just lost the greatest American hero I’ve ever known. He brought me and T-Roy to the game!! I’m so proud that I got to call him a friend!! My heart is truly broken. I’m so glad I got to talk to him last week.”rest easy my brother!!!
— Eddie Montgomery (@LuckymanEddie) July 6, 2020
Goodnight and God Bless, Mr Daniels. It was a real honor to know you. I won’t forget your great kindness, or the multiple times I stood sidestage, jaw hanging, while you and your “fiddle of gold” brought the house down at your beloved Grand Ole @opry ✨ #BestThatsEverBeen #RIP https://t.co/vrFcxfjWhj pic.twitter.com/bNR5VBd56e
— Charles Esten (@CharlesEsten) July 6, 2020
I wrote these words for Charlie’s biography. They ring even more true now.
I’m so sad he’s gone.
We have so many memories together, and I am so blessed to have known him.
Rest In Peace my friend. We love you. @CharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/3Pg5eWPtIf
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) July 6, 2020
RIP to the Long Haired Country Boy. The first time I ever stepped foot on stage was on the Volunteer Jam. One of the kindest people I ever met in this business. pic.twitter.com/3RrwpvojRe
— Travis Denning (@Travis_Denning) July 6, 2020
i was lucky to catch @CharlieDaniels live once. a master class in entertainment.
also grateful to have learned about his life via @countrymusichof “Dylan, Cash, Nashville Cats” exhibit.. he played on Nashville Skyline! Legend!
love & sympathy to his family#RipCharlieDaniels
— Charlie Worsham (@charlieworsham) July 6, 2020
Charlie Daniels was the nicest country artist I’ve ever had the chance to spend moments around. His music and talent speaks for itself, but boys and girls it’s the legacy you leave behind and your character. It doesn’t get better than Charlie Daniels. Rest In Peace Charlie.
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) July 6, 2020
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) July 6, 2020
I’ll never forget my last phone call with @CharlieDaniels. What a supreme Gentleman. What a great mentor, American, Christian, music man and fellow @Opry member. He was a great influence on me personally and professionally. RIP. pic.twitter.com/20d9EYWag3
— Chris Janson (@janson_chris) July 6, 2020
Randy Rogers Band
— Randy Rogers Band (@RandyRogersBand) July 6, 2020
Our hero and friend @CharlieDaniels has just entered the pearly gates of Heaven. Thank you Sir for all you gave the world, and your fierce love of God and Country. We will always love and respect you. #RipCharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/Tra9QnsMQg
— John Rich (@johnrich) July 6, 2020
(2/2) We've lost a true statesman. Connie and I send our love and prayers to Hazel, the family and Charlie's extended musical family.
— Marty Stuart HQ (@martystuarthq) July 6, 2020
Stuart was one of Daniels’ collaborators on the sequel to 1979’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” when they teamed up with Johnny Cash, Mark O’Connor and Tritt for “The Devil Comes Back to Georgia” in 1993.
And McGraw also shared one of his favorite songs from Daniels, saying, “The word ’legend’ gets tossed around so easily these days, but not in this case… he was #BeyondLegendary. This is one of my absolute favorites… ’The Legend of Wooly Swamp’.”
The word "legend" gets tossed around so easily these days, but not in this case… he was #BeyondLegendary. This is one of my absolute favorites… "The Legend of Wooly Swamp" #CharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/kSsqVwmsFf
— thetimmcgraw (@TheTimMcGraw) July 6, 2020