Brad Paisley, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, And More Remember Charlie Daniels

Pictured (L-R) Brad Paisley, Charlie Daniels perform at LP Field in downtown Nashville on June 9, 2013 during CMA Fest. Photo: John Russell/CMA

Following Monday morning’s news of the death of country music legend Charlie Daniels, the country music community began sharing their thoughts and memories of the fiery fiddle player, passionate vocalist and relentless entertainer.

“Charlie Daniels was an incredible musician, entertainer and friend. I was thrilled to get to know him on the road and in the studio throughout our careers. He will always be remembered as a patriot, and a faith-filled Christian above all else.” – Jerry Lee Lewis, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member 

“Charlie Daniels was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever known. He and Hazel have been two of my and Mary’s dearest friends over the past years. We laughed, cried and prayed together. Not only was he a gift to us, but to the entire world. A few years ago, Charlie had a colt born on my birthday and named him after me. The memories go on and on, so I’ll leave it at this—Charlie, thank you for everything you’ve done for me, your endless support of us, your unconditional love, and the sweet memories. It is my greatest honor to be your Country Music Hall of Fame classmate—you will live on forever as my hero… my friend. I love you.” – Randy Travis, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member

“Charlie’s been like a brother to me since the early ‘70s. He’s one of the greatest, kindest people I’d ever met in my life. Not only Charlie—but he surrounded himself with incredible people that I love, especially his wife Hazel. We did a duet of a song Charlie wrote called ‘Willie Jones’ and it was one of the most fun studio sessions I’ve been in. I’ve always loved playing Volunteer Jams through the years—I will miss my dear friend.” – Bobby Bare, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member

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