2016 is shaping up to be a memorable year for one of Country music’s best-loved icons. This fall, Charlie Daniels will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Friday, October 28 will be Charlie’s 80th birthday. A month later, on November 30, he will host his annual Volunteer Jam that has been a multi-genre musical extravaganza since 1974. This year’s event, designated ‘Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam,’ will take place in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and will include numerous special guests including Kid Rock and Larry the Cable Guy. A portion of the night’s profits will go to The Journey Home Project, a 501c(3) non profit to help Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. You can check out a cool interactive Timeline of all the Volunteer Jams, starting with the first one in 1974 here.
Johnathan Scott, who with his twin brother Drew are HGTV’s “Property Brothers,” sent a brief video to let me know he’s looking forward to meeting me when he comes to Nashville during CMA Music Festival. The boys will be here to promote their new single, “Hold On.” I can’t wait to meet them and will be sure to post an item here after we get together. Meanwhile, you can see the video at Vevo here
I am still excited about the wonderful success of my most recent ‘Preshias Day in Music,’ that took place at the Listening Room Café in Nashville on April 23! A big crowd came out to see 20+ of the incredibly talented singer-songwriters that I am working with, as well as a few special guests. The audience heard some great original songs and gave each artist an enthusiastic and well-deserved response. I am already preparing for the next ‘Preshias Day in Music.”