Record World Magazine (November 9, 1974) wrote:Charlie Daniels and his band recently recorded an album of material at a concert at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. The album featured not only Charlie's band, but a jam session with Dickie Betts,of the Allman Brothers Band, Toy Caldwell (of Cowboy), Paul Riddle from the Marshall Tucker Band, plus others. The others included Joel (Taz) DiGregorio, piano player for the Daniels band, as well as guitarist Barry Barnes, bassist Mark Fitzgerald and drummers Gary Allen & Freddy Edwards of the Charlie Daniels Band. Also playing were Jerry Eubanks of the Marshall Tucker Band, Artimus Pyle, Jamie Nichol, Sam McPherson,and of course, Charlie Daniels. Portions of the Jam will be used on an album..... Pure Southern Rock, mixed with the funkiest versions of some old country songs you've ever laid your ears on should make the album as good as the concert.
Rolling Stone Magazine (November 21, 1974) wrote: Ya'll stick around; boomed the voice of Charlie Daniels, who had just delivered a dynamic set with his own band. We're going to have some people come out here, that can really play. When he reappeared with Dickey Betts and about half of the Marshall Tucker Band, there was that unmistakable feeling of good will let loose within the audience, and it snapped my head..... Joining him, his band and Betts onstage for the Volunteer Jam were Toy Caldwell, Jerry Eubanks, Paul Riddle and Sam McPherson from the Marshall Tucker Band, Artimus Pyle, who works in the studio with Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Jamie Nichol, a young Nashville percussionist.
Volunteer Jam I - October 4, 1974
Volunteer II - September 12, 1975
Volunteer Jam III - January 8, 1977
Volunteer Jam IV - January 14, 1978
Volunteer Jam V - January 13, 1979
Volunteer Jam VI - January 12, 1980
Volunteer Jam VII - January 17, 1981
Volunteer Jam XIII - January 30, 1982
Volunteer Jam IX -January 22, 1983
Volunteer Jam X - February 4, 1884
Volunteer Jam XI - February 2, 1985
Volunteer Jam XII - July 12, 1986
Volunteer Jam XIII - September 6, 1987
Volunteer Jam XIV - May 4, 1991
Volunteer Jam XV - September 2, 1992
Volunteer Jam XVI - October 29, 1996
Volunteer Jam XVIII - August 12, 2015
Volunteer Jam XIX - November 30, 2016
Volunteer Jam XX - March 7, 2018
VIDEO: January 13, 1979: The Charlie Daniels Band does the Devil Went Down To Georgia for the first time live. This was at Volunteer Jam V, a yearly event (at the time) in Nashville Tennessee hosted by the Charlie Daniels Band. Band members (and writers of the song) included Charlie Daniels on vocals & fiddle, Tommy Crain on guitar, Taz DiGregorio on keyboards, Charlie Hayward on bass, and Freddy Edwards & James Marshall on the drums. The song won them a Grammy Award.
VIDEO: August 12, 2015: The Charlie Daniels Band at the 40th Anniversary of the Volunteer Jam. This is an extended version of Souths Gonna Do It Again with many of the guests that performed at the jam that night including Jack Pearson, LeeRoy Parnell, Billy Dean, Billy Crain & many others. Video by Pat Adams
VIDEO: January 13, 1979: Members of Lynyrd Skynyrd (and the CDB) perform an instrumental of the Skynyrd anthem, "Free Bird" at Volunteer Jam V at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The Jam was the first time the surviving members of Skynyrd had performed together since before the tragic crash that claimed the lives of both pilots, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister (and Honkette) Cassie, roadie Dean Kilpatrick and lead singer, and dear friend of Charlie's, Ronnie Van Zant.
VIDEO: September 6, 1987: Lynyrd Skynyrd performs "Gimme Three Steps" at Volunteer Jam XIII at Starwood Amphitheater. This was Lynyrd Skynyrd's second reunion since the 1977 plane crash
and included the surviving members
VIDEO: January 13, 1979: The Winters Brothers Band does "I Can't Help It" at the 1979 Volunteer Jam in Nashville Tennessee. Band members Include Donnie Winters (guitar), Dennis Winters (vocals) & Gene Watson (Bass). Jamming with The Winters Brothers Band are the late George McCorkle (Marshall Tucker Band), Taz (CDB), Freddy Edwards (CDB) and southern rock persussionist Jamie Nichols.
VIDEO: January 17, 1981: Winters Brothers Band, with Papa Don Winters at the Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam in Nashville Tennessee
VIDEO: September 12, 1975: The ORIGINAL Marshall Tucker Band
(with Charlie Daniels) on stage for "24 Hours at a Time"
at Volunteer Jam II at Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
VIDEO: September 6, 1987: Toy Caldwell joins the CDB
on stage to perform "Can't You See" at Volunteer Jam XIII
at Starwood Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.
VIDEO: January 14, 1978: Wet Willie performs their biggest hit
"Keep On Smilin'" at Volunteer Jam IV in Nashville Tennessee.
VIDEO: January 13, 1979: Wet Willie at Volunteer Jam V, in Nashville Tennessee. This video features Wet Willie live doing there biggest hit Keep On Smilin' with Jimmy Hall on vocals at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. Jimmy Hall was a regular at the Volunteer Jam concerts.
VIDEO: January 13, 1979: The Henry Paul Band (with Billy Crain on the lead guitar) performs Grey Ghost at Volunteer Jam V. This song is a tribute to Ronnie VanZant from Lynyrd Skynyrd who died in the 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash, Henry Paul is also the singer for the southern rock band The Outlaws & the country band Blackhawk.
VIDEO: August 12, 2015: The 40th Anniversary of the Volunteer Jam remembers Charlie Daniels Band members keyboardist Taz DiGregorio & guitarist Tommy Crain including Charlie Daniels, the Charlie Daniels Band Billy Crain and host Stormy Warren. This jam was held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tennessee.
VIDEO: August 12, 2015: Lynyrd Skynyrd makes a surprise visit
the 40th Anniversary of the Volunteer Jam at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tennessee, playing their classic 70's hit
Sweet Home Alabama. This was the last song of the night,
as Lynyrd Skynyrd was a (unannounced) surprise guest at the jam. Charlie Daniels comes out at the end of the video, with
his signature line "Ain't It Great To Be Alive And Be In Tennessee.
Video shot by Pat Adams from this Tennessee Concerts website.
March 7, 2018: Lynyrd Skynyrd performing
"Simple Man & "Sweet Home Alabama" at Volunteer Jam XX
at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville TN. Members were:
Gary Rossington – guitars (1964–1977, 1979, 1987–present)
Rickey Medlocke – vocals, drums, mandolin (1971–1972), guitars, backing vocals, mandolin (1996–present)
Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals (1987–present)
Michael Cartellone – drums (1999–present)
Mark Matejka – guitars, backing vocals (2006–present)
Peter Keys – keyboards (2009–present)
Keith Christopher – bass (2017–present
VIDEO: January 12, 1980: The Allman Brothers Band along with
Bonnie Bramlett perform "Ramblin' Man" at Volunteer Jam VI
at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
VIDEO: July 12, 1986: The Allman Brothers Band performs
"Whipping Post" at Volunteer Jam XII at Starwood Amphitheater
in Nashville Tennessee.
2006-2011: Nashville's "Play It Again Jam" : A Tennessee Concerts Sponsored Event
Hosted by C.J. Dubuisson (Nashville guitarist), Gary Allen (ex-Charlie Daniels drummer)
and Pat Adams (from this TennesseeConcerts.com website)