The late Charlie Daniels will get a star-studded tribute from some big names in country and rock next year, as his long-running Volunteer Jam announces plans to continue.
First organized in 1974 and held almost every year since, the 2021 Volunteer Jam will be recast as A Musical Salute to Charlie Daniels, set for February 22 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Famous for free-wheeling collaborations, the show’s lineup will now feature newly added acts Alabama, Ricky Skaggs, Old Crow Medicine Show, Junior Brown and Cece Winans, as well as the wide-ranging group which was booked before Daniels’ passing last month. That list includes The Marshall Tucker Band, Chris Janson, Charley Pride, The Gatlin Brothers, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy, Delbert McClinton, Keb’ Mo,’ The Outlaws, 38 Special, The Allman Betts Band, Cedric Burnside, Jenny Tolman, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Travis Denning, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Rhett Akins, Scooter Brown Band, The SteelDrivers, Pure Prairie League and comedian Dusty Slay. Daniels’ longtime band, The Charlie Daniels Band, will also perform in his honor.
“I am forever grateful for all of the love and support Charlie Jr. and I have received since Charlie’s passing,” says Daniels’ wife of 55 years, Hazel. “Charlie would be excited and extremely proud that his Volunteer Jam would continue. I want to express my sincere thanks to the artists paying tribute to Charlie.”
Daniels organized the first Volunteer Jam in Nashville in 1974, and over the years the annual concerts evolved into an all-star, cross-genre tradition, as well as a popular series of live albums.
Tickets for the 2021 Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute to Charlie Daniels are on sale now, with 500 being donated to volunteers of recent emergency-relief programs. Emergency-relief volunteers may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket requests.
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and beloved icon of the genre, Daniels passed away on July 6, 2020, at the age of 83.