Country Music Hall of Fame musician Charlie Daniels will be memorialized this week with a funeral service and open visitation to feature fellow musicians paying tribute.
The Grand Ole Opry member and “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” songwriter sadly passed away on Monday due to a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 83. To celebrate his life, Nashville singers Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Gretchen Wilson and Trace Adkins plan to perform at the service, with country music radio host Storme Warren and pastor Allen Jackson to lead the funeral. Furthermore, the Daniels family will also hold a patriotic-themed memorial at 6:30 PM Wednesday outside the Sellars Funeral Home in Murfreesboro. The event features musicians Trace Adkins, Tracey Lawrence, Darryl Worley, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and others.
Daniels spent more than five decades as a Grammy Award-winning musician and community supporter in Middle Tennessee. By the time the Charlie Daniels Band topped the charts with “Devil” in 1979, the instrumentalist, singer and songwriter had long established a remarkable, multifaceted career. He worked with superstars such as Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Leonard Cohen and will be missed by all.
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