Still A Long Haired Country Boy
By Charelle Evelyn on September 11 2012
If Charlie Daniels had to start all over gain today, he’s not sure what his approach to the music industry would be.
“Today, it’s very visual. It’s about looking good in a pair of tight jeans – which I never did,” said the legendary country star.
But Daniels is good at following his instincts. “When opportunity knocks, it doesn’t stay there long.”
It’s just one of the many lessons he’s learned after five decades in the business. But Daniels doesn’t expect young musicians to learn from him.
“You have to beat your head against the wall,” he said. “You can pass on advice, but you can’t make anyone take it.”
When he got his start in 1958, the concept of being a professional musician in his home state of North Carolina was rare.
“A lot of people didn’t understand,” said the 75 year old. There were no venues, no other musicians’ footsteps to follow in. “My first few formative years were pretty much on my own.”
The wealth of information available to emerging musicians today was unheard, so Daniels surged forward with little more than his fiddle, guitar and the burning need to perform.
“Desire is where everything starts,” he said and that desire has led him to a career as leader of The Charlie Daniels Band, which has yielded hits such as Devil Went Down to Georgia and Long Haired Country Boy, garnered him multiple awards and an induction in to the Grand Ole Opry.
Daniels brings his band to Prince George on Oct. 28, where he’ll spend his 76th birthday onstage at CN Centre. “Retirement is not in my vocabulary,” he said.
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