Volunteer Jam — the all-star Tennessee concert launched by late Southern rock and country musician Charlie Daniels — returns in 2021 for a one-night salute to the Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter. 

Best known for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," the Country legend died July 6, 2020 after having a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 83. 

As previously scheduled, the Jam returns Aug. 18, 2021, to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Without Daniels to lead festivities (as he'd done since the event kicked off at War Memorial Auditorium in 1974), the show now looks to pay tribute to the fiddle-playing Grand Ole Opry member — redubbing the event The 2021 Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute to Charlie Daniels.

Hazel Daniels, Daniels’ wife of 55 years, believes her husband would be thrilled.

“I am forever grateful for all of the love and support Charlie Jr. and I have received since Charlie’s passing,” says Hazel. “Charlie would be excited and extremely proud that his Volunteer Jam would continue. I want to express my sincere thanks to the artists paying tribute to Charlie.”

Five additional talents will join the Jam, including ALABAMA, Ricky Skaggs, Old Crow Medicine Show, Junior Brown and Cece Winans.

“Charlie’s entire day, week, year, and life revolved around his faith, family, and his cherished live performances,” explains Daniels’ longtime manager David Corlew. “We, as a team, 24-7, were focused on that two hours of his day, the part he loved most. There’s no better way to honor and continue his legacy than to do a show with The CDB, their music, the artists, family, friends and fans. We got this.”

The salute to Daniels will also include performances by The Marshall Tucker Band, Chris Janson, Charley Pride, Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy, Delbert McClinton, Keb’ Mo’, The Outlaws, 38 Special, The Allman Betts Band, Cedric Burnside, Jenny Tolman, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Travis Denning, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Rhett Akins, Scooter Brown Band, The SteelDrivers, Pure Prairie League and comedian Dusty Slay.

Daniels’ longtime band, The Charlie Daniels Band, will also perform to honor their legendary frontman.

The 2021 Volunteer Jam wants to pay tribute to emergency relief volunteers in Middle Tennessee. Promoters aim to deliver 500 tickets free of charge to relief volunteers; those qualifying can email Outback Presents at taylor.freeman@outbackpresents.com for more information.

For more information, visit charliedaniels.com or bridgestonearena.com/events/detail/charlie-daniels-volunteer-jam.

Full Volunteer Jam lineup

  • Alabama 
  • Ricky Skaggs 
  • CeCe Winans
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Junior Brown 
  • The Marshall Tucker Band
  • Chris Janson
  • Charley Pride
  • Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers
  • Big & Rich
  • Gretchen Wilson
  • Cowboy Troy
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Keb' Mo'
  • The Outlaws
  • 38 Special
  • The Allman Betts Band
  • Cedric Burnside
  • Jenny Tolman
  • The Atlanta Rhythm Section
  • Travis Denning
  • Mickey Gilley
  • Johnny Lee
  • Rhett Akins
  • Scooter Brown Band
  • The SteelDrivers
  • Pure Prairie League
  • Dusty Slay (comedian)