Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir

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This hardcover first edition of Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir is autographed on a bookplate by Charlie Daniels. 

The Incredible Story of a Country Music Legend

Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels.

Readers will experience a soft, personal side of Charlie Daniels that has never before been documented. In his own words, he presents the path from his post-depression childhood to performing for millions as one of the most successful country acts of all time and what he has learned along the way. The book also includes insights into the many musicians that orbited Charlie’s world, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette and many more.

Charlie was officially inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016, shortly before his 80th birthday. He now shares the inside stories, reflections, and rare personal photographs from his earliest days in the 1940s to his self-taught guitar and fiddle playing high school days of the fifties through his rise to music stardom in the seventies, eighties and beyond. 

Charlie Daniels presents a life lesson for all of us regardless of profession:

“Walk on stage with a positive attitude. Your troubles are your own and are not included in the ticket price. Some nights you have more to give than others, but put it all out there every show. You're concerned with the people who showed up, not the ones who didn't. So give them a show and…Never look at the empty seats!”

Limited quantities available, order your Charlie Daniels autographed book today!

About the Author:

Charlie Daniels career spans 50+ years, including selling more than 20 million albums and receiving a Grammy in 1979 for his Charlie Daniels Band signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” In 2016 alone, Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, performed over 100 concerts,  and had his 80th birthday “Volunteer Jam” in front of 15,000 people in Nashville, marking the year as one of the most important of his career. 

Charlie Daniels is the quintessential Southerner with a healthy dose of Wild West Cowboy, seldom seen without his signature bull-rider hat and belt. It’s not so much the style of music, but the values consistently reflected in the varying genres that connect Charlie Daniels with his millions of fans. 

"It's been a rewarding life; an exciting life and I would do it all over again in the twinkling of an eye. It's been a great ride gang, and we're still in the saddle and it ain't over by a long shot. Bring it on." - Charlie Daniels


Have long been a fan of anything Charlie Daniels. Loved this book! Well written, honest, taking the reader along on this incredible journey of a consummate musician and decent, sensible, compassionate man. The title particularly intrigued me, because as a small time composer and church musician, my musical partner and I often would be concerned that our choir concerts wouldn’t attract a decent audience in our little rural community. “Never look at the empty seats” has become our mantra! -Amazon Customer

I've been a CDB fan for years and attended many concerts. I am a sign language interpreter and have interpreted over 35 shows for Brother Charlie and the CDB. I seriously thought I had heard all the stories. But I was in for a great surprise. These stories are little vignettes and are tasty and satisfying. That is one of the reasons I love interpreting for Charlie Daniels, because his songs are all stories just like his book.I love his style because story songs are understood by deaf folks. So that makes the show accessible.
I have also heard the audio versions and to be honest, I may get a set for my car, because his pen is mighty, but his voice is even more powerful.
You don't want to skip this book, get it for your library. Its entertaining and uplifting. Something we all need more of these days. -Liska Jewell

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