Two years without one of the greatest fiddle players the world has ever known.
Today marks the two-year anniversary of the passing of Charlie Daniels, who died on July 6, 2020 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke at his home just outside of Nashville.
On the anniversary of his father’s death, Charlie Daniels Jr. shared a post on his dad’s website reflecting on the time since his passing:
“The second anniversary of dad “changing addresses.”
Twenty-four full months, but it still seems like it just happened a couple of months ago.
A bit of the fog has lifted, but there’s still a vacuum where he used to be.
I’m still trying to figure out how to find direction without our figurehead and driving creative force there, but we are making progress.”
And he also reflected on the things that he’s missed sharing with his dad now that he’s gone:
“I wanted him to meet the special lady in my life.
I want to ask him so many questions that I’ve had to try to fill in the blanks with regards to the CDB album soapboxes I’ve been writing.
I just want to hug his neck again and tell him that I love him.
And I want to tell him how proud I am to be his son, not because of his accomplishments, but because of who he was and still is, what he stood for, his love of country, our troops and our veterans.
And how I will always keep his legacy alive until I am no longer able.”
It was also recently announced that there would be a new Charlie Daniels album coming out this year, a live recording of the very first edition of his annual charity concert, Volunteer Jam, that was hosted annually in Nashville.
Volunteer Jam 1 1974: The Legend Begins will be released on August 26, and the first song from that event and album, “Long Haired Country Boy,” is already available to stream.
In his final interview just days before his passing, Charlie talked with fellow country star John Rich about the importance of his Christian faith through his many battles, including many health struggles, that he faced throughout his life:
“If I didn’t have the Lord in my life, I don’t know where I’d be. I really don’t know where I’d be.
And there’s been times in my life when I did not have the Lord in my life, and bad things would happen, and I wouldn’t know — you know, you don’t know where to go, you don’t know what to do. But I learned, what my motto nowadays is, we try to walk by faith and not by sight.”
And after his passing, many in the country music community took to social media to share their tributes to a man that many who knew him affectionately called “Uncle Charlie.”
ON THIS DAY in 2020, we lost a true music icon, musician, songwriter, husband, father and dear friend to many. You are deeply missed every day and we are continuing to try to follow your example to make each day count. I love you, dad. I miss you so much. – CD, Jr. pic.twitter.com/BXsM7Ot9iX
While doing an interview this morning, I was reminded that two years ago today, we lost Charlie Daniels. Seems like yesterday. We miss him so much. We being everybody! ♥️ -Doug pic.twitter.com/dtFIFCpZH1