Two Years Gone - Soapbox, Jr.
July 6, 2022
The second anniversary of dad “changing addresses.”
Twenty-four full months, but it still seems like it just happened a couple of months ago.
A bit of the fog has lifted, but there’s still a vacuum where he used to be.
I’m still trying to figure out how to find direction without our figurehead and driving creative force there, but we are making progress.
10 months ago I started The Charlie Daniels Podcast, and I’m currently working on my 25th episode which just so happens to drop on July 6, 2022.
In January, I decided that the podcasting process wasn’t complicated enough, so I made the jump to video with in-studio interviews with Chris Young, John Rich, Pastor Allen Jackson from the Daniels Family’s home church, Storme Warren, Rodney Atkins, and a second go-round with CDB roadie extraordinaire, Roger Campbell, all recorded in what is left of Twin Pines Studio.
We’ve also been working with CMG Worldwide, a company that represents the estates of many deceased celebrities, and through them we’ve been working on merchandise designs for retail through a company called American Classics Apparel. Lots of cool new designs which will hopefully be making their way to stores soon.
I’ve also been speaking with CMG Worldwide about some of dad’s stories and the potential for TV/Film adaptations, and some exciting possibilities for digital video content which we are exploring.
We are also finally getting around to releasing some previously unreleased material. About 5 years ago, I discovered some recordings from the very first Volunteer Jam in our studio vault, and my jaw about hit the floor.
On August 26th, a large portion of that first Jam will be released on CD and all streaming platforms as ‘Volunteer Jam 1 1974: The Legend Begins,’ on our label, Blue Hat Records, and currently, “Long Haired Country Boy” from that first Jam is streaming or available for download with iTunes, and a second single – a cover of Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” will be released on July 15th and there will be also be a vinyl release in February.
Somehow, I ended up with a credit on the album as one of three “compilation producers,’ but the truth of the matter is, all I did was just be a cheerleader for these recordings to be released.
Speaking of vinyl, a vinyl release of the ‘Duets’ package that was released last fall is available for preorder through Walmart, who also had the CD exclusive. It’s a beautiful package and the vinyl is white. It’s quite striking.
Between the Sony vaults and what we have in what’s left of Twin Pines Studio, there is a lot more material to pull from, and more projects to be released for quite some time.
This is all exciting stuff, and a lot more opportunities than last year when we were still coming out of Covid and things were still a bit unclear as to where things were headed – in multiple ways – but there’s still the matter of a big hole in all of our hearts, none bigger than my mom and I.
I had hoped that dad would get to enjoy a whole new generation of fans discovering the music of that first Volunteer Jam. I wanted to see him hand out presents for Santa to give to the third generation of kids at the annual CDB Christmas party again.
I wanted him to meet the special lady in my life.
I want to ask him so many questions that I’ve had to try to fill in the blanks with regards to the CDB album soapboxes I’ve been writing.
I just want to hug his neck again and tell him that I love him.
And I want to tell him how proud I am to be his son, not because of his accomplishments, but because of who he was and still is, what he stood for, his love of country, our troops and our veterans.
And how I will always keep his legacy alive until I am no longer able.
You are loved and you are missed.
Let’s all make the day count.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, our police, the Peace of Jerusalem and our nation.
God Bless America!
— Charlie Daniels, Jr.
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