The Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam 2021 will continue on its announced date of February 22 as a tribute to its founding artist, who died on July 6. As reported, Daniels had greeted the Jam’s move from its original September 2020 scheduling, and now organizers have confirmed that the event will stay in place to honor the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.
Alabama, Skaggs, others join tribute
The 2021 Volunteer Jam will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The original line-up will be augmented by Alabama, Ricky Skaggs, Old Crow Medicine Show, Junior Brown and Cece Winans.
Artists remaining on the bill as originally announced include the Marshall Tucker Band, Delbert McClinton, the Outlaws, the Atlanta Rhythm Section and Pure Prairie League. Charley Pride, the Gatlin Brothers, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Keb’ Mo’, Travis Denning, Mickey Gilley and the SteelDrivers are among the other attractions.
“I am forever grateful for all of the love and support Charlie Jr. and I have received since Charlie’s passing,” says Hazel Daniels, the star’s wife of 55 years. “Charlie would be excited and extremely proud that his Volunteer Jam would continue. I want to express my sincere thanks to the artists paying tribute to Charlie.”
“We got this”
His manager David Corlew adds: “Charlie’s entire day, week, year, and life revolved around his faith, family and his cherished live performances. We, as a team, 24-7, were focused on that two hours of his day, the part he loved most. There’s no better way to honor and continue his legacy than to do a show with The CDB, their music, the artists, family, friends and fans. We got this.”
Daniels’ funeral took place on July 10 at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where there were musical tributes by such friends as Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, Gretchen Wilson and Travis Tritt. In his address, Gill reflected on their 44-year friendship, saying: “”Charlie and I went through everything together. He was one of those guys you were always grateful to see. It always made your day when you got to see that man smile.”