There are men who stand strong based on their talents, their stature, and what they have accomplished during their long lives. And then there are men who stand strong because of their heart.

One of those men is the legendary Charlie Daniels.

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It is this heart and generosity that Rare Country wanted to recognize during the inaugural Rare Country Awards, awarding Charlie as the first-ever Rare Country Humanitarian of the Year. The award will be formally presented by a surprise special guest to the country legend on Nov. 30 during his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam.

In fact, his annual Volunteer Jam event, paired with his never-ending commitment to veterans as part of The Journey Home Project, is as big a part of Charlie’s legacy as his music, including the iconic hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Add this to a career that has spanned more than 50 years and has landed Charlie in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and indeed, this is the perfect example of a life well spent.

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The Humanitarian of the Year award is the final honor to be announced in the inaugural Rare Country Awards, with eight other fan-voted categories to be announced once voting ends on Dec. 15.

Join us in congratulating Charlie on this prestigious honor.

Charlie Daniels’ legacy continues with yet another award win Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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