The Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam raised more than $300,000 for The Journey Home Project, an organization co-founded by Daniels and his manager David Corlew that seeks to connect donors with veterans’ organizations that do the most good in meeting the health care, education and career needs of military servicemen and women and their families.
“Before we all continue on with our hectic lives, it’s important to stop and reflect on the fact that freedom is not free,” said Mercedez Longever, managing director of The Journey Home Project. “We are so grateful to Charlie Daniels, his team, all of the phenomenal artists who donated their time and talent, and fans who came out to support The Journey Home Project.”
The proceeds raised were due to the effort of Charlie Daniels, who brought his 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam back to Tennessee in order to give back to the military. “It was good to see an old Tennessee Tradition come back to life, all for this great cause,” Daniels said.
“We hope this event can continue for years to come and become the premiere event for our great city to display pride and patriotism for our U.S. military and all who have served,” added Corlew.
Surprise guests Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jamey Johnson and Blackberry Smoke joined billed acts that included The Charlie Daniels Band, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ryan Weaver, Wynonna, Craig Morgan, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Dean, Michael W. Smith, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry, Bonnie Bramlett, Jimmy Hall, Tucker Yochim, Jeannie Seely, Billy Crain, Natalie Stovall.