In October 1974: the first Volunteer Jam drew 2,400 fans to Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium to see the Charlie Daniels Band & special guests, in its first sold-out
hometown appearance. (Picture & information from a local Nashville
Newpaper/Courtesy of drummer Gary Allen)
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
August 12, 2015: Volunteer Jam host Charlie Daniels at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
This was at the 40th Anniversary of Nashville's Volunteer Jam
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
January 13, 1979: Southern rockers, The Winters Brothers Band
played at many of the Volunteer Jam events.
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
June 3, 2000: The Marshall Tucker Band at Starwood Amphitheater, This was a later version
of Marshall Tucker, with singer Doug Gray being the only original member left.
See videos of the original Marshall Tucker Band and of Toy Caldwell at the Volunteer Jam
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.
August 12, 2015: Jimmy Hall & friends at the 40th Anniversary of the Volunteer Jam.
Former Wet Willie singer Jimmy Hall (white hat) was a regular at the jam.
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.
Singer /songwriter Billy Crain (from The Outlaws & The Henry Paul Band) pays tribute to past
Charlie Daniels members guitarist Tommy Crain (his brother) and keyboardist Taz DiGregorio. See video's including the Henry Paul Band's tribute to Ronnie VanZant, called Grey Ghost".
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.
August 12, 2015: Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to the Volunteer Jam at the 40th Anniversary
of the Volunteer Jam. Lynyrd Skynyrd has played the Volunteer Jam several times.
Pictures by Pat Adams
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
The Allman Brothers Band at the Charlie Daniels Band Volunteer Jam events
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.
The Volunteer Jam is a sporadically-held concert series headlined by the Charlie Daniels Band (until his death in 2020), featuring a multitude of musical acts that perform onstage with the band. It was first held on October 4, 1974, at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Over the years, guests have included Ted Nugent, The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tammy Wynette, Roy Acuff, Carl Perkins, Alabama, Don Henley, Lynyrd Skynyrd (reunions) and many more. Many of those concerts were broadcast live on the radio. The Volunteer Jam on nationwide television included a live broadcast on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon and a Dick Clark-produced network special. "Volunteer Jam" is also the name of a series of albums released by Charlie Daniels of
performances from the late 1970s and early 1980s at the Volunteer Jam shows.
VOLUNTEER JAM I - October 4, 1974
The very first Volunteer Jam concert was held at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. The show was scheduled as a live recording session for two songs for the Fire on the Mountain album, "No Place to Go" and "Orange Blossom Special." The CDB invited some of their friends - Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers Band and Toy Caldwell, Jerry Eubanks and Paul Riddle from the Marshall Tucker Band - to get together and jam after their set. A tradition was born. "Ain't it good to be alive, and be in Tennessee!" - Charlie Daniels, 1974
VOLUNTEER JAM II - September 12, 1975
Officially known as "Volunteer Jam '75," the second Jam was held at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Special guests included The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell from the Allman Brothers Band, Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie and Dru Lombar from Grinderswitch. The concert was filmed and released as Volunteer Jam - Starring The Charlie Daniels Band, the first full-length Southern rock motion picture.
VOLUNTEER JAM III - January 8, 1977
Volunteer Jam III was held at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. Special guests included The Winters Brothers Band, Grinderswitch, Wet Willie, Sea Level, The Sanford-Townsend Band and others. Performances from this Jam were combined with performances from VolJam IV to create a live album, Volunteer Jam III and IV.
VOLUNTEER JAM IV - January 14, 1978
Volunteer Jam IV was held again at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. Special guests included The Winters Brothers Band, Grinderswitch, Wet Willie, Sea Level, The Sanford-Townsend Band and others. Performances from this Jam were combined with performances from VolJam III to create a live album, Volunteer Jam III and IV.
VOLUNTEER JAM V - January 13, 1979
Volunteer Jam V was held again at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. This Jam marked the return of Lynyrd Skynyrd to the stage for the first time since the 1977 plane crash that claimed several band members, and the CDB gave the first live performance of a song that would catapult the band to superstardom later that year, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Special guests also included Toy Caldwell and George McCorkle from the Marshall Tucker Band, Dobie Gray, The Winters Brothers Band, The Henry Paul Band, Link Wray, and John Prine.
VOLUNTEER JAM VI - January 12, 1980
Volunteer Jam VI was held again at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. Special guests included The Winters Brothers Band, Dobie Gray, Grinderswitch, Papa John Creach, The Henry Paul Band, Rufus Thomas, Crystal Gayle, Wet Willie, Bobby Jones, Louisiana's LeRoux, Ted Nugent & others.
VOLUNTEER JAM VII - January 17, 1981
Volunteer Jam VII was held again at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. The CDB's special guests included Ted Nugent, Dobie Gray, Molly Hatchet, Delbert McClinton, Crystal Gayle, Bobby Bare, Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie & others.
VOLUNTEER JAM VIII - January 30, 1982
Volunteer Jam VIII was held again at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. Special guests included Johnny Lee, George Thorogood, Crystal Gayle, Quarterflash, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dickey Betts, Jimmy C. Newman, Duane Eddy, Roy Acuff and others.
VOLUNTEER JAM IX - January 22, 1983
Volunteer Jam IX was held again at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. The CDB's special guests included James Brown, Carl Perkins, Dickey Betts, Grinderswitch, Quarterflash, Johnny Lee, The Winters Brothers Band, Papa John Creach, Woody Herman and others.
VOLUNTEER JAM X - February 4, 1984
Volunteer Jam X was held again at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. Special guests included The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ronnie Milsap, Dobie Gray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Vince Gill, Louise Mandrell, Amy Grant, The Bellamy Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Crystal Gayle, Streets, Exile, B.J. Thomas, Tammy Wynette and others.
VOLUNTEER JAM XI - February 2, 1985
Volunteer Jam XI was held again at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. Special guests included Kris Kristofferson, Tom Wopat, Little Richard, Nicolette Larson, Alabama, Ted Nugent, Bill Medley from The Righteous Brothers, Tommy Shaw from Styx, Lacy J. Dalton, Gail Davies, Eddy Raven, Emmylou Harris, Amy Grant, and others.
VOLUNTEER JAM XII - July 12, 1986
Volunteer Jam XII was held at the then-new Starwood Amphitheatre in Nashville. Special guests included John Conlee, Dobie Gray, The Judds, Restless Heart, Marty Stuart, The Outlaws, John Schneider, The Allman Brothers Band, Dwight Yoakum and others
VOLUNTEER JAM XIII - September 6, 1987
Volunteer Jam XIII was held again at Starwood Amphitheatre in Nashville. Special guests included William Lee Golden, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Chapman, Great White and others including Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was Johnny Van Zant's first appearance as Skynyrd frontman, replacing his brother, Ronnie, who died in a 1977 plane crash. The Jam also coincided with the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, and some of the Jam performances were broadcast on the program.
VOLUNTEER JAM XIV - May 4, 1991
Volunteer Jam XIV was held again at Starwood Amphitheatre in Nashville. Special guests included Tanya Tucker, Bobby Jones & New Life, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie, Ted Nugent, Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, B.B. King and John Kay & Steppenwolf.
VOLUNTEER JAM XV - September 20, 1992
Volunteer Jam XV was held again at Starwood Amphitheatre in Nashville. Special guests included Poco, Eddie Rabbitt, Little Feat, The Oak Ridge Boys, Paulette Carlson, Suzy Bogguss, Pirates Of The Mississippi, Confederate Railroad, Hal Ketchum, The Desert Rose Band, and others.
VOLUNTEER JAM XVI - October 29, 1996
The last of the original Jams, Volunteer Jam XVI, was held at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. The Jam was reimagined as an acoustic show and commemorated Daniels' 60th birthday. Special guests included Lorrie Morgan, David Ball, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence, John Berry, Randy Scruggs and BlackHawk
VOLUNTEER JAM XVIII - August 12, 2015
The CDB celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Volunteer Jam with an all-star lineup at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Artists scheduled to perform included Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Kentucky Headhunters, The Outlaws, Lee Roy Parnell, Trace Adkins, Colt Ford, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan, Ted Nugent, The Oak Ridge Boys and Michael W. Smith.
VOLUNTEER JAM XIX - November 30, 2016
Daniels celebrated his 80th birthday with a Volunteer Jam on November 30, 2016, with special guests Chris Stapleton, Travis Tritt, Kid Rock, Larry The Cable Guy, 3 Doors Down and Luke Bryan.
VOLUNTEER JAM XX - March 7, 2018
"Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie" included the CDB, Alison Krauss, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, Bobby Bare, Chris Janson, Chuck Leavell, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, Alabama, Sara Evans, Lee Brice, Chris Young and Travis Tritt. Was recorded for broadcast on AXS TV, as well as DVD/CD releases.
VOLUNTEER JAM XX1 - Scheduled for September 15, 2020
"Volunteer Jam XXI: A Tribute to Charlie." Daniels died on July 6 of that year.
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)