It was close to midnight when 80-year-old Charlie Daniels looked as if he was just getting warmed up.
Preparing to close out his annual Volunteer Jam Nov. 30 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in grand fashion, Charlie invited some of his Volunteer Jam performers for an all-star jam. Performing The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See,” everyone from Charlie to Luke Bryan to Chris Stapleton to Kid Rock came out to end the night in a truly rocking way. Other songs included in their all-star jam included “Woman Blues” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
And what a night it was.
From the first to the last note, the night was full of memorable moments, from Luke’s electric set to Chris’ soulful performance. But perhaps nothing was more memorable than the moment when country legend Randy Travis shocked the capacity crowd by walking out to hand Charlie the first ever Rare Country Humanitarian of the Year award. While there, he even was able to say thank you to Charlie personally, which got Charlie and nearly everyone else in the crowd a little choked up.
And as yet another Volunteer Jam came to a close and another big check was given to support The Journey Home Project, many left in the building were left to wonder — can we do this again next year?