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Charlie Daniels is a man who says what he means and means what he says. Whether he’s tweeting his political views, encouraging words to our veterans or just a good old fashion dose of wisdom for everyone out there, you can be sure of one thing: Charlie is always thinking about us.

With nearly 300,000 followers on Twitter hanging on to his every word, Charlie does not take his responsibility as a role model and country legend lightly.

He shares not only his thoughts and opinions, but also his life and his own unique brand of humor! And did we mention the football?! Charlie is a fan to say the least!


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It’s so fun to see the lovable human side of a man who’s had countless hits and major success as a music industry icon. Try and find anyone in this world — country fan or not — that doesn’t know all the words to “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

But, as successful as his music has been over the years, using his success to champion for others has always been top priority for Charlie. Giving back is the most important thing in his life and career. Charlie actively supports causes like the Jason Foundation Golf Classic that aims to raise awareness of and prevent teen suicides, in addition to the Galilean Children’s Home in Liberty, Kentucky, a safe haven for abused and neglected children.

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He’s hosted his own golf classic and concert in Hudson, Florida to benefit a place called The Angelus, a full-time residency house and day school for those with severe handicaps. He supports the T.J. Martell Foundation and all its charitable efforts and is the long-running headliner of Christmas 4 Kids, a charity concert and toy drive that aims to give kids in need a very Merry Christmas.

There’s a special place in Charlie’s heart for our troops. Two years ago, he founded The Journey Home Project, which sees as its mission connecting donors to veterans’ organizations that do the most good, according to its website.

His big fundraiser, Volunteer Jam, takes place at Bridgestone Arena every year and features a whole treasure trove of country stars and legends coming out to help their friend Charlie raise money for the The Journey Home Project.

Last year alone, Volunteer Jam played to a sold-out crowd and raised more than $300,000 for Charlie’s charity. Tonight, Charlie will be joined by friends like Luke Bryan, Travis Tritt, Kid Rock, Larry the Cable Guy and Chris Stapleton to just name a few at this year’s Volunteer Jam.

Charlie turned 80 this year and still has so much fire, passion and love in him. We should all take notes and learn something!

He’s a legendary fiddler, singer and performer, and now he’s a Country Music Hall of Famer, but he’s so much more than that. Charlie Daniels is an amazing man who has used his celebrity and influence for the greater good. He should be celebrated as more than just a legendary musician but as a humanitarian as well.

That’s why this year at Rare Country we’ve named Charlie Daniels our Humanitarian of the Year for his dedication and devotion to music, his fans, his country and the men and women who fight for it.

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