Charlie Daniels is not a man of slight stature. He’s also not a mountain of a man, although with his silver cowboy hat and ostrich boots, he would seem an imposing figure, were it not for his kind eyes, friendly smile and quick wit.
But to Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels is a giant and always will be all because of a thoughtful act of kindness that happened early in Travis’ career.
Apparently, the young country rocker had just released his first single in 1989, “Country Club,” when he was lucky enough to land an opening slot with an undisclosed major country act. Later in the year, during Wrangler’s National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, he landed another stellar opportunity as the opening act for Charlie Daniels.
Being young and still relatively new, he didn’t think much of the fact that he had been given a literal broom closet for his dressing room. When Charlie came down to meet his opener, he was a little astonished by the facilities assigned to Travis and his band, so he did what any respectable southern gentleman would do. He upgraded him to a better room.
“What’s mine is yours,” Travis said quoting Charlie, as he recalled the moment from more than 25 years ago.
And the gesture made a huge impact on Travis to this day. Listen to him tell the heartwarming story in this video.