I was sad to hear of the passing of Charlie Daniels today.  I grew up on his music...but I realize not every one has.  If you aren't familiar with his stuff, now is a good time to learn.

When I was growing up my dad and my brother were the country music fans in our house.  I liked everything but wasn't really drawn to country until high school.  But I remember Charlie Daniels band music from the get-go.  I can remember watching my dad sing along to "What This World Needs Is A Few More Rednecks" and when my brother got "Charlie Daniels: A Decade of Hits" for his birthday.  We've been listening to him for years.

When America went through the tragedy that was 9/11, Charlie Daniels', "In America" became a bit of an anthem for a country that was trying to heal.

I was able to meet him just a few days before my daughter was born in 2004 and it was a surreal experience.  It almost felt like I was meeting the pope at the time.  He didn't do meet & greets the way I had seen them done in the past.  He was sitting behind a table.  But man...I almost felt like I should be kissing his rings or something.  Even if you didn't know him or his music, at that moment, you knew you were in the presence of a legend.  That word tends to get thrown around quite a bit these days, but Charlie Daniels had that career.

He's got so many hits!  While it was definitely his most well-known hit, his catalog goes way beyond just "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."

If you love that one, here are 10 more that you really should check out from Charlie Daniels:

1.  Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues

2.  Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye

3.  In America

4.  (What This World Needs) Is A Few More Rednecks

5. The South's Gonna Do It Again

6.  Uneasy Rider

7.  Uneasy Rider '88

8.  Still In Saigon

9. The Legend Of Wooley Swamp

10.  Long Haired Country Boy