The fate of posthumous Charlie Daniels music documented in unseen interview

Did the rowdy ‘Devil Went Down to Georgia’ fiddle king object to unreleased songs emerging after his death? An archival conversation cuts to the bone

In a decade of extreme fashion, Charlie Daniels prefers a working cowboy ensemble on the black and white cover of “Simple Man,” the country rocker’s 16th studio album dropped on October 17, 1989, via Epic Records. The 10-track, platinum-certified LP was Daniels’ second collaboration with hit country producer James Stroud [e.g. Clint Black, Hank Williams, Jr., Randy Travis, Tim McGraw] after the previous year’s “Homesick Heroes” and submitted three charting singles including Daniels’ final hit [the title cut, No. 12 C&W], “Mister DJ” [No. 34 C&W] and “[What This World Needs Is] A Few More Rednecks” [No. 56 C&W]. Photography by David Michael Kennedy / Sony Music Entertainment / Amazon
Photography by Erick Anderson

The Charlie Daniels Interview [June 26, 2015]

Charlie Daniels turns into a young man in these priceless mementos featuring his parents William Carlton and LaRue Hammonds. Both Image Credits: Charlie Daniels’ official Facebook
Dropped on January 29, 2002, “How Sweet the Sound: 25 Favorite Hymns and Gospel Greats” was the third and final gospel record by the Charlie Daniels Band. The No. 40 C&W double album lifted three previously released songs including “Somebody Was Prayin’ for Me.” Photography by Russ Harrington / Sparrow Records / Pandora
Bob Dylan, guitarist Fred Carter, Jr., and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Daniels tackle the contradictory bard’s most panned album, “Self Portrait,” inside Columbia Studio A in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 3, 1969. Carter’s daughter Deana was ubiquitous on late ’90s country radio with the chart-topper “Strawberry Wine” and feminist anthem “Did I Shave My Legs for This?” Left Image Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images; Right Image Credit: Photography by Erick Anderson / Art Direction by Angela Gresham-Wheeler / Paula Szeigis / Erick Anderson / Blue Hat Records / Amazon
Left Image Credit: Photography by John H. Reynolds / Absolute Publicity / Smith Music Group; Right Image Credit: Photography by Erick Anderson / Art Direction by Angela Gresham-Wheeler / Paula Szeigis / Erick Anderson / Absolute Publicity / CDC Records
Costing a mere 35 cents a copy, the June 1956 cover of Western Horseman magazine exhibits 27-year-old world champion saddle bronc rider Casey Tibbs of Fort Pierre, South Dakota. Sporting a trademark red bib shirt, Tibbs is seen during the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photography by Clarence Coil / Western Horseman
Distributed in September 1975 on Kama Sutra Records is an insert from the gatefold package of Charlie Daniels’ sixth album “Nightrider,” which charted at No. 57 POP, No. 27 C&W. Credited for just the second time as the Charlie Daniels Band, the songwriter’s “Birmingham Blues” [No. 101 POP] and “Texas” [No. 91 POP, No. 36 C&W] were sent to radio but barely registered. Photography by James Flournoy Holmes / Sony Music Entertainment / 45Worlds user Leonard; It’s possible the black and white candid was originally depicted in Western Horseman magazine. Daniels is seen atop a prized horse in front of his Twin Pines Ranch barn near Nashville in 1985. Daniels and wife Hazel purchased the property in 1976 and constructed a home three years later. In January 2011 the barn accidentally burned down, “tragically killing several horses and a bull. The horse bloodline survived when stud colt TP New Beginnings was born several months later.” Image Credit: Charlie Daniels’ official Facebook
Back in the days of Charlie Daniel s— saddle tramp. Image Credit: Charlie Daniels’ official Twitter
Charlie Daniels, lionized “Conagher” author Louis L’Amour, and rancher Bob Christy say cheese in the early 80’s. Daniels once wrote, “If you haven’t read a Louis L’Amour western, you have some explaining to do.” Image Credit: Charlie Daniels’ official Facebook
Louis L’Amour, Mariska Hargitay, Hazel Alexander Daniels, Charlie Daniels, Charlie Daniels, Jr., Gil Wenger, and Angelique L’Amour relish a Colorado summer day together in the early 1980’s. The future “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” New York City NBC-TV detective attended grade school with Louis’s daughter Angelique and was born to “Mr. Universe” Mickey Hargitay and ’50s blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield. Wenger, a former Chief Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park, wrote prolifically on Mesa Verde and the archaeological techniques used to find out what happened at Mesa Verde between A.D. 550 and 1300. Image Credit: Louis L’Amour’s official Facebook
John Wayne’s granddaughter Jennifer Wayne, Charlie Daniels, and the Duke’s youngest child Marisa Wayne joyfully bump into each other on September 13, 2016, at the annual Journey Home Project dinner at the Palm Restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. Jennifer is part of country music trio Runaway June, nominated by the Academy of Country Music as Best New Vocal Group in 2018. Her mother is Aissa Wayne, the “True Grit” marshal’s first of three children with third wife Pilar Pallete. Photography by Bev Moser / Moments by Moser
Charlie Daniels and “Gunsmoke” cast member Buck Taylor catch up on past times on September 13, 2016, at the annual Journey Home Project dinner held at the Palm Restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. Taylor emblazoned blacksmith-reserve deputy-Doc Adams’ assistant Newly O’Brien for eight seasons on the iconic CBS western top-lined by James Arness starting in 1967. Daniels and manager David Corlew founded the non-profit, which raises funds for returning veterans and their families, in 2014. Photography by Bev Moser / Moments by Moser

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