Previously unreleased original Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam recordings set for summer release

Charlie Daniels & Friends: Volunteer Jam 1 – 1974 – The Legend Begins available Aug 26th

On October 4, 1974, country and southern rock icon Charlie Daniels held the first Volunteer Jam at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Now, nearly 50 years later, the complete performance from that evening will see the light of day for the very first time. Charlie Daniels & Friends: Volunteer Jam 1 – 1974 – The Legend Begins drops on August 26th via Blue Hat Records and BFD/Audium Nashville.

The 12-track album includes live performances from The Charlie Daniels Band with special guests or “volunteer” musicians Toy Caldwell and Paul Riddle of The Marshall Tucker Band, The Allman Brothers’ Dickey Betts, and Jamie Nichol. The previously unreleased project includes “Tennessee Waltz,” “Whiskey,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “Caballo Diablo,” “Jambalaya,” “The South’s Gonna Do It (Again),” and more.

“The Volunteer Jam was a magical evening,” says Daniels’ longtime manager and Blue Hat Records president David Corlew. “There was no other event like it. There has never been and will never be. This is the first one. The beginning, where it all started. So let this first Jam be your melodic introduction to a musical legend like no other.”

Additionally on August 26th, Blue Hat and BFD/Audium Nashville will release a special vinyl edition of Charlie Daniels & Friends — Duets, exclusive to Walmart stores. Originally released last July, the 19 track album features Daniels dueting with Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Darius Rucker, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Brenda Lee, Gretchen Wilson and more.


1. Tennessee Waltz
2. Whiskey
3. Way Down Yonder
4. Long Haired Country Boy
5. New York City, King Size Rosewood Bed
6. Caballo Diablo
7. Jambalaya
8. Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)
9. No Place To Go
10. The South’s Gonna Do It (Again)
11. Orange Blossom Special
12. Don’t You Lie to Me

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