For all those who have a complex or attribute different meanings to the Flag of the Confederate States of America, I will reproduce here, with the greatest respect, what a great American like Charlie Daniels had to say about the Rebel flag:
“The Confederate battle flag was a sign of defiance, a sign of pride, a declaration of a geographical area that you were proud to be from. That’s all it is to me and all it has ever been to me.”
I always admired Charlie Daniels and forever considered him one of the best American musicians and a symbol of the great American South from which he came and from where he gained his soul, his strength and inspiration.
So we have lost another one of the “classics”, perhaps one of the best.
Definitely the death of a legend…
I remember, as many of you probably do too, listening to “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, as the first song that turned me on to Charlie Daniels, but I also loved his “Uneasy Rider” which came out in 1973. A great tune that he later updated into “Uneasy Rider ’88”, released, guess when? 1988…
Later in 1989 he released another great tune, “Simple Man”, a song that narrates the reality of us, simple people, honest and hard working, and how we have to put up with the corruption of judges, and of politicians willing to be easy on criminals and drug dealers, when we would prefer to handle them ourselves and give them the punishment they deserve…
Another one of my favourite Charlie Daniels songs is this one:
Charlie Daniels was born in North Carolina on the 23rd of October 1936 in Wilmington. He died at 83 years of age on the 6th day of July 2020 from a brain haemorrhage at the Summit Medical Centre in Nashville, USA.
Of course, Charlie Daniels has been in the public eye, performing, recording and being a country, rock, bluegrass et al musician since the sixties when he wrote a song for Elvis Presley (1964, “It Hurts Me”) and played guitar and electric bass for Bob Dylan. He recorded his first album in 1971.
His last album was released in October of 2018. He put his new band together with Charlie Hayward, James Stroud, and Billy Crain, and called the band the Beau Weevils. He also wrote a book, which he released on the 6th of November 2018 titled “Let’s All Make the Day Count: The Everyday Wisdom of Charlie Daniels”.
I think the music world is getting thinner and smaller. The titans are leaving or getting perhaps too old, yet great ones, like Paul McCartney (Macca) and Ringo Starr, who just turned 80 are still in great shape and going strong, but I do lament the loss of those whom I always admired and whose music I loved and still love. So, I leave you with a classic tune which I hope you will like: