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Streamer Fox Nation Honors Late Country Legend Charlie Daniels in His Last On-Camera Interview

Fern Siegel

Fox Nation is honoring Charlie Daniels, the country music singer-songwriter best known for his No. 1 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Today, the streamer is airing Grammy-winning Daniels’ last on-camera interview with John Rich, host of “The Pursuit!”

Daniels, who died on July 6, discusses his love of music — “the first two songs I ever learned was ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and ‘Kneel at the Cross’” — and his early years, learning guitar at age 15. He is candid about the struggles he’s faced and overcome in a career that dates to the 1950s.

He began as a sessions musician in Nashville, co-writing the song “It Hurts Me,” which Elvis recorded. By the 1970s, Daniels was releasing his own albums, as well as playing fiddle on many Marshall Tucker Band recordings.

Rich queried Daniels on how the right to pursue happiness changed his life.

“The pursuit of happiness — freedom and pursuit of happiness — go hand in hand together,” says Daniels. “Freedom to worship anyway you want to. Freedom to go anywhere you want to, do anything you want to, to say anything you want to. Right, wrong, indifferent, whatever. People don’t have to listen to you, but you’ve got a right to say it.

“That’s the pursuit of happiness. Being the person to reach your potential and be the person that God designed [so] you could reach your potential,” he added. “That, to me, is the pursuit of happiness: God, family, country, work. That’s my four principles.”

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