Famed American singer-songwriter and frequently outspoken Second Amendment advocate Charlie Daniels passed away in Nashville on Monday at age 83.
Daniels, perhaps best known for iconic country music hits such as The Devil Went Down to Georgia which highlights a David-and-Goliath fiddle contest between the Devil and a talented young man, was a Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member.
“Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need,” noted his official homepage this week, going on to say the entertainer “helped to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart.”
One of those causes was gun rights.
A lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Daniels frequently attended and performed at the member association’s annual meetings and appeared in spots for the group, speaking out on American ideals in his own way, famously hitting out at Iran during the Obama administration.
Daniels was also profiled by the NRA’s All-Access program on the Outdoor Channel in 2015 where he spoke out on his support of the military and gun ownership.
A frequent participant in USO tours for troops overseas, Daniels has increasingly popped up overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, resulting in earning the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for exceptional public service. Previous to that, songs such as 1982’s Still in Saigon helped shine an early light on overlooked problems such as PTSD for Veterans.
In 2014, he co-founded The Journey Home Project to help Veterans of the Armed Forces return, rehabilitate and reintegrate from their time in the Service.
A post on his social media page, which has over a million followers, requests that, in lieu of flowers, fans send donations to TJHP.