Charlie Daniels is the latest contemporary artist to be honored with his own exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Titled Million Mile Reflections, after Charlie's widely popular album of the same name, the exhibit officially opens to the public on Sept. 23. But industry insiders and members of the media got a preview of the exhibit at a special reception for Charlie at the Country Music Hall of Fame Tuesday night, Sept. 20.
The exhibit contains memorabilia and artifacts from Charlie's career and personal life. It includes archival photos, several guitars and Charlie's CMA and Grammy awards trophies, among many other items.
Before the preview, Charlie addressed the crowd gathered in the BMI Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “At the age of almost 80 years,” Charlie began, “God has chosen to bless me with yet another wonderful blessing.” He recalled moving to Nashville from his native North Carolina in the late 1960's with little money but plenty of big dreams. “I was determined that no matter what, Nashville would be the termination of my career,” he noted. “I was going to stay come hell or high water.” Charlie continued, “I was just one of the hopefuls who desperately wanted to be a part of what was going on in Music City.”
As fans know, Charlie became one of Nashville's most in-demand session musicians, playing on recordings by Bob Dylan and other stars. He embarked on a solo career and scored such hits as “Uneasy Rider,” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which became his signature tune, “Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye” and “Long Haired Country Boy.”
This past year, Charlie was named as one of the new members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, making this exhibit doubly sweet. Charlie made sure to to pay tribute to the Hall of Fame during his remarks at the exhibit opening.
“It's a place where country music fans from around the world can come and take a look at the artists,” Charlie said, referring to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum building. “It's a place where the past is respected and the future is excitedly anticipated.”
Fans can check out Charlie's Million Mile Reflections exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville through March 5, 2017.
By Bob Paxman for Country Music News International