After highlighting Charlie Daniels’ early days as a session musician in the ongoing “Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats” exhibit, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will shift its focus to the singer’s solo career with “Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections.” The upcoming exhibit launches on September 23rd and runs through the following March.
One month after the exhibit’s start date, Daniels will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, joining other architects of the genre. “[Daniels]’ sound quickly became popular on country, pop and rock stations,” says CEO Kyle Young, emphasizing the wide-ranging appeal of a performer who wrote songs for Elvis, played on albums by Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr, juggled multiple instruments and enjoyed his own career as a fiery frontman, captured most famously on the 1979 chart-topper “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
Appropriately, “Million Mile Reflections” will cast a large net, telling Daniels’ story through a combination of stage clothes, manuscripts, instruments, personal mementos and unseen photographs from the singer’s own collection. Meanwhile, Daniels — who, several months shy of his 80th birthday, still spends most of his time on tour — will return to Nashville, his adopted hometown since 1967, for another installment of the annual Volunteer Jam, where he’ll share the Bridgestone Arena’s stage with co-headliners Chris Stapleton and Kid Rock on November 30th.