On Monday, the music business, the country and the world lost one of the greatest icons in the history of country and rock music when Charlie Daniels passed from a heart attack at the age of 83.

While his hits like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” (1979) and “Uneasy Rider” (1973″ are the stuff of legend, the brash singer with a Southern upbringing was also known in later years for something else he would come to master.

 

He spoke for the average American.

Charlie Daniels Was A Fierce Culture Warrior

If the culture has been turned up to 11 in the age of Donald Trump, it certainly did not start with the current president. Daniels was never afraid to take on the left in defense of family, tradition, hearth and home–whether it meant the South or the United States of America.

 

One of Daniels last tweets was aimed directly at the last Democratic administration: Former President Barack Obama and his then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

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On the same day, Sunday, the last he was reportedly active on social media, Daniels shared a number of politically-charged tweets.

Urging Americans to Never Forget those who perished on 9/11.

He defended the unborn.

And Daniels wanted others to know his thoughts with were the police…

…and our soldiers and veterans.

But these tweets, while admirable, really only show Daniels’ willingness to engage and come out with strong opinions on these political and cultural issues.

His real value went beyond that.

 

How Many Lives Did He Touch – With Music And His Beliefs?

Charlie Daniels was loved by millions of everyday Americans who, no matter their politics, embraced him through his music.

How many of those Americans do you think already agreed with Daniels on politics and the culture war?

More importantly… how many do you think Daniels influenced and urged them in a more conservative direction.

There is no way to know or quantify the answer to that second question.

 

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But whether it was going after the Obama administration, warning about the Deep State or pushing back against those who would like to turn the United States into a socialist country, all of these stances came from the same place.

Love of country.

 

There Will Never Be Another Charlie Daniels

There are plenty of people in entertainment who feel like Charlie Daniels’ did about America and what political ideas served her best.

But few of them speak out. Even fewer do so effectively.

Charlie Daniels was one of them. It is only fitting that he made it through the Fourth of July before leaving us shortly after.

God Bless him for his wonderful music–and his unshakeable patriotism too.