(Pamela Cosel, Headline USA) Vandals have once again desecrated the grave in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, of music legend Charlie Daniels, whose chart-topping songs were hailed by many as conservative art at its finest and hated by others for the same reason.
The southern rock band leader died at age 83 on July 6, 2020. One of his most famous songs was The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Apparently, the devil made someone vandalize his grave, stealing a new dogwood tree that was planted last year by his family, according to the Daily Wire.
This is at least the third time vandals have hit the gravesite. Another incident involved someone who glued a spouse’s military ID to the marble marker. While the family allows people to leave mementos at the grave, they are not allowed to glue anything there, according to a Team Charlie Daniels Band post.
Band members tweeted that the Mt. Juliet Police Department will increase patrols at the Daniels’ gravesite and install video surveillance.
Daniels was inducted in 2016 into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1976, his band played at the inauguration ball for President Jimmy Carter. Daniels was an advocate for military veterans, founding the nonprofit organization, The Journey Home Project in 2014.
Daniels was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Oct. 28, 1936. He first played with the Misty Mountain Boys and moved to Nashville in 1967. He later played with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and others.
Daniels received his one and only Grammy award for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” a song in which is amazing violin playing is a foundation of the recording. He also played guitar and bass. He also received a Dove award and was honored after his death by CMA.
His book, “Let’s All Make the Day Count,” the third one he wrote, is being promoted for Independence Day to keep his legacy alive, according to a tweet by the CDB.
The band is currently promoting a previously unreleased album of original live recordings from Nashville’s Volunteer Jam at the War Memorial Auditorium, with a planned release date of August 26, 2022.
The repeated attacks on Daniels’ gravesite drew strong condemnation, with one fan hoping that “Charlie Daniels haunted that person.”
What is wrong with people who disrespect the dead by vandalizing graves? I just don’t understand it!Sad that you have to put security cameras by final resting places Charlie Daniels’ Grave Vandalized https://t.co/syXC7Kb2fB @tasteofcountry
— Mary Marks (@memf2011) June 30, 2022