Country music fans are still mourning the loss of Charlie Daniels, founder of the Charlie Daniels Band, which has been around for almost 50 years. Charlie passed away on July 6, at 83 years of age, but his son, Charlie Daniels, Jr., vows to make sure his legacy lives on for years to come. In a new business venture, Daniels, Jr. announces that his father’s longtime company, CDB, Inc., will be renamed into Charlie Daniels Band, Inc., with a focus on preserving his father’s name and memory through product branding and licensing, as well as official Charlie Daniels Band merchandise.
“My mom and I were devastated over the passing of my father,” Daniels Jr. said in a statement. “As the dust settles, we want to keep his legacy alive and extend it for future generations. So, we have established a new company to do just that. We’re excited for what the future holds.”
“I was blessed to have been a small part of an incredible journey that lasted almost 50 years,” added the singer’s longtime manager David Corlew. “I’m glad to see that Hazel and Charlie Jr. are committed to extending the legacy of my friend, patriot and gifted artist, Charlie Daniels.”
Daniels, Jr. previously said that one of the things his father was most proud of was his ability to employ so many people, some for more than 45 years, which is why he is keeping many of the same staff his father used.
“We are keeping some of the original management staff in place and will continue to search for opportunities to operate together again as a full team,” Daniels Jr. said. “We will always be a family. Dad left a beautiful flame behind him, and to honor his legacy, we want it to shine brightly for many years to come.”
Daniels Jr. will lead Charlie Daniels Brand, Inc. as the company president. Additionally, he will also retain his duties as president of CDB Music, LLC.
A tribute concert, 2021 Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute to Charlie Daniels, will be held on February 22, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. More than a dozen artists will perform in honor of the Grand Ole Opry member, including The Marshall Tucker Band, Chris Janson, Charley Pride, Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy, Delbert McClinton, Keb’ Mo’, The Outlaws, .38 Special, The Allman Betts Band, Travis Denning, Rhett Akins, Scooter Brown Band, The SteelDrivers, Pure Prairie League, comedian Dusty Slay and more. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Charlie Daniels Band’s website.