There were a lot of smiles on a lot of faces at Charlie Daniels’ 80th birthday Volunteer Jam Nov. 30 in Nashville. The biggest smile may have been on the face of country star Travis Tritt.
Travis delivered this rousing version of his 2000 hit, “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive,” and that title certainly rang true for Travis.
Before the concert, Travis couldn’t say enough kind things about Charlie. They first met in 1989 when Travis was just starting out with his debut single, “Country Club.” Travis was booked to open a few shows for Charlie at the Sands in Las Vegas, and the promoter stuck Travis and his band in a broom closet for their dressing room.
That didn’t sit right with Charlie. Once he saw how small and cramped Travis’ dressing room was, he promptly led Travis and his band down to his own dressing room.
As you might imagine, the dressing room for Charlie as a Vegas headliner was massive and came complete with gourmet catering. Charlie told Travis, “What’s mine is yours,” and they all used that dressing room for the rest of their time in Vegas. You can hear Travis tell the story himself here.
That’s just one of many sweet stories told about Charlie at this year’s Volunteer Jam. Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock and 3 Doors Down were among the other stars performing at the show.
Of note, Randy Travis made a surprise appearance to present the Rare Country Humanitarian of the Year trophy to Charlie toward the end of the night.