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Country community reacts to Daniels passing

Monday, July 6, 2020 – The country community is reacting with sadness to the passing of mainstay Charlie Daniels today at 83.

Brad Paisley tweeted, "I'm so sad he's gone. We have so many memories together, and I am so blessed to have known him. Rest In Peace my friend. We love you."

"There are few artists that touched so many different generations in our business than Charlie Daniels did," says Sarah Trahern, Country Music Association Chief Executive Officer. "Today, our community has lost an innovator and advocate of Country Music. Both Charlie and Hazel had become dear friends of mine over the last several years, and I was privileged to be able to celebrate Charlie's induction into the Opry as well as tell him that he was going to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. I will always remember the look of sudden shock and delight on his face as he realized he would be in the Hall of Fame Rotunda for the ages. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad time."

Colt Ford said of Daniels, "Charlie has been so good to me over my career. I have been so lucky to share the stage with him many times. I can't imagine this world without him. I have had many talks with him about music, about life, and about how to treat people. He stood up for this country, he stood up for what was right, he stood up for his faith."

Dustin Lynch tweeted, "Blowing the speakers out today with this legends tunes. An honor to share many nights @opry with you CD and forever grateful. You will be missed!

Gretchen Wilson, who utilized Daniels in one of her videos, tweeted, "I never met a better man than @CharlieDaniels. He was so inspiring in so many ways. May he Rest In Peace along side his Creator and continue to inspire!"

Tim McGraw said, "Oh man, sad to hear about @CharlieDaniels passing...I grew up on his music... brilliant songs and smokin' records. And always, without fail, every time I had the pleasure of being around him, he was one of most genuine, kind and thoughtful folks I've ever run across."

John Rich said, "Daniels showed the rest of us what it means to be a great human being. He found redemption, then lived a life devoted to serving God, his family, and fellow countrymen. He was much more than his music. He was kind and strong and had a powerful soul that will be sorely missed here on earth, but no doubt has received eternal glory in Heaven. We will always love and miss him forever. God bless you, Mr. Charlie."

""I will truly miss my friend and fellow Country Music Hall Of Fame member, Charlie Daniels," said Charley Pride. "He was one of the most honest and genuinely nice people in the business. I will miss our talks. We shared lots of memories and supported each other. My prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues."

"Charlie's been like a brother to me since the early '70s," said Bobby Bare."He's one of the greatest, kindest people I'd ever met in my life. Not only Charlie - but he surrounded himself with incredible people that I love, especially his wife Hazel. We did a duet of a song Charlie wrote called 'Willie Jones' and it was one of the most fun studio sessions I've been in. I've always loved playing Volunteer Jams through the years - I will miss my dear friend."

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