Volunteer Jam: A Tribute To Charlie Returns to Nashville August 2021
The annual Volunteer Jam headlined by the Charlie Daniels Band has been a staple in Music City (Nashville) for the past 40 years. With the passing of Daniels last July, this year’s mega-concert will be a posthumous tribute to the legendary country/bluegrass singer/songwriter and will feature an all-star lineup of country, gospel, blues, Christian and Southern rock musical performers. Having missed two previously scheduled dates due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the show is now on the docket for an August 18 return to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
“I am forever grateful for all of the love and support Charlie Jr. and I have received since Charlie’s passing,” says Hazel Daniels, wife of the former country legend. “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.”
The Charlie Daniels Band will perform in honor of their late frontman along with a special tribute to the late Charlie Daniels that will also include performances by The Marshall Tucker Band, Alabama, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Trace Adkins, Mickey Gilley, Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers, Cece Winans, Michael W. Smith, Gretchen Wilson, Chris Young, Cowboy Troy, Delbert McClinton, Keb’ Mo‘, The Outlaws, 38 Special, Junior Brown, The Allman Betts Band, Cedric Burnside, Jenny Tolman, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Lorrie Morgan, Exile, Travis Denning, Johnny Lee, Rhett Akins, Scooter Brown Band, The SteelDrivers, Pure Prairie League, Anthony Castagna and comedian Dusty Slay.
The first Volunteer Jam took place in 1974 and has continued as an (almost) annual event over the past 47 years, taking an occasional break. The Jam has been held in various concert halls throughout Tennessee except in 2014, when it had a one-year move to Colorado, where it was held at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre outside Denver. The Jam returned to Nashville in 2015 for the 40th anniversary Volunteer Jam. Over the years musical guests have included a diverse group of heavyweights including Ted Nugent, The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tammy Wynette, Alabama, and Don Henley.