Quotes by Charlie Daniels

A friend of mine, that I had known for some time, came up one day with an old guitar. I don't know where he got it, I don't know how long he'd had it, but he knew about two chords on it. He proceeded to teach them to me, and then we proceeded to go crazy over music.
– Charlie Daniels
Any accolades that anybody puts toward this band really makes me feel good, because I have devoted such a big part of my life to this band, making it what I want it to be.
– Charlie Daniels
But it's hard for me to see myself in that light, that I was a pioneer or a groundbreaker. I know we were on the cutting edge, as far as a lot of music was concerned, but it's hard for me to think about it when I think about the other people that have done it.
– Charlie Daniels
Country music has changed tremendously, so what now is considered country was not considered country at that time. We were doing stuff that probably could have been called country music today, but would certainly have not have fit in at that time.
– Charlie Daniels
Every award I've ever received has been very gratifying. The Living Legend Award was extremely gratifying; it was voted on by the fans. It's just great to be remembered after all these years, to still be a viable part of the music business. So, I'm very deeply honored by all the awards.
– Charlie Daniels
I didn't really fit well with what was going on in Nashville at the time. I was too loud, I was too bluesy, I was too a lot of things.
– Charlie Daniels
I do more writing by myself than with anybody else. My best thing is sitting around the bus with a guitar, sitting around somewhere with a guitar, and having an idea. You never know where it'd come from. Songwriting is a God-given talent.
– Charlie Daniels
I don't have any real process. Some people in Nashville go in like an assembly line. They're able to go and write. My son runs a publishing company. He has writers that come down. They get together in a room with the people that actually make appointments, and write - which is great. I can't do that very well.
– Charlie Daniels
I had been on the road for a long time and was not really getting anywhere. Bob Johnston, a friend of mine, had taken over Columbia in Nashville. He asked me if I wanted to come down. I did -- thank God I did.
– Charlie Daniels
I just feel such freedom to do whatever. If a song's seven minutes or ten minutes long, then so be it - it's that long.
– Charlie Daniels
I just thank God I can make a living doing something I enjoy as much as I do playing music.
– Charlie Daniels
I played on three of Bob Dylan's albums. I have very pleasant memories, especially the Nashville Skyline album was a real fun album to do. He was in a great mood. He was glad to be in Nashville, where the musicians were very laid back and very creative. We had a lot of fun doing that album.
– Charlie Daniels
I should be the one to say what I do. It's just not done that way anymore in Nashville, and I can't do it the other way. That's how our record label came about.
– Charlie Daniels
If I come across an issue, or something I feel strongly about, and I happen to think of a song that would go in that direction, then I do it. But that's not what I start out, necessarily, to do. Sometimes I may have an idea for a song - Well, I'm going to write about a thing.
– Charlie Daniels
If somebody says, He sounds just like Michael Jackson, well there's already a Michael Jackson. You don't want to sound like Michael Jackson; you want to sound like yourself. The only way you're ever going to get anywhere, and stay there, is by being your own self.
– Charlie Daniels
Make sure to be honest with yourself, about if that's really what you want to do with your life - to make music. It takes a commitment - a tremendous, thick-skinned commitment of being the first one to get there and the last one to leave, doing what you want to do even if you have to work twice as hard as anybody else ever did.
– Charlie Daniels
My next project will be a Christian album, another one. I wrote the songs for the ones you're referring to, but I want to do some of my old gospel favorites. That's what my next album's going to be.
– Charlie Daniels
Some of our friends came and sat in with us, and it was just so much fun. We said, Hey, let's do this once in a while. We did them every year for a while, then we took it on the road. We've done eighteen now, I think.
– Charlie Daniels
The funny thing is, the music that I'm writing now is probably some of the most cutting edge we've ever done. The music that I'm thinking about putting on our next album.
– Charlie Daniels
We didn't have a garage to rehearse in. We had to aggravate the folks in the house. But I got a chance to play in a beer joint, and that's how it started.
– Charlie Daniels