Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir


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!”


I really did not know what I was going to get when I decided to read this book. It has been a long time that I have listened to his music and it was not until he mentioned that he toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Marshall Tucker band from the 70’s that he went back that far. It was then that I remember a few of his southern rock hits and the story really picked up for me. There were times in the book that it lagged but I expect those moments, and there were times towards the end when he spoke of his personal beliefs. Again I expect that as well. What I did not expect was the outpouring of love he showed to his wife, who he really gave all the credit for his success for without her he said he could not have done any of it. That was great, and to be married as long as they have is also amazing. He also gave thanks to everyone who works for them regardless of their job, named each and every one of the people who work behind the scenes big or small, and even some of the people that have passed on that worked with them for many years. I thought that was very nice and have not seen anyone else do that before. Overall a good book with some funny moments and some good history of 70’s rock music. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

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