The Grammy-winning band embarked on a major arena and amphitheater tour this year to mark their anniversary. Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook formed the group in 1969 in Fort Payne, Alabama, and went on to dominate the sound of country music in the 1980s and ’90s, scoring dozens of No. 1 hits, including “Mountain Music” and “Dixieland Delight.”
Cook announced in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and that he would have to limit his touring, performing only as his health allows.
“Randy, Teddy and I have been overwhelmed by the support the fans have given us, and especially me since my Parkinson’s diagnosis,” Cook said in a statement. “The only reason for this is because we want our music to live on and we love our fans.”
The second leg of the tour will continue through November and includes a concert at Bristol Dragway, a racetrack in Tennessee, as well as concerts in Baltimore; Indianapolis; Birmingham, Alabama; Grand Rapids, Michigan and more. The trek will close in Nashville with the band’s final stop at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 20. Tickets for the Nashville date go on sale June 28 at 10 a.m.
“Our 50th Anniversary Tour has been really special with the Charlie Daniels Band being at most cities we’ve played,” Gentry added. “We could call this the Country Music Hall of Fame Tour. Three generations of fans now sing along to our songs each night.”