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mean, we traveled, I can’t tell you how many miles and shows. Weeks on end we’d travel together. My mother was in the fairly late stages of cancer then and I had taken my family to New York, my wife and my son, to get away from it and see a couple of shows and kind of have a lit- tle time away from it. I called Abby (Toy’s wife) and said, ‘Abby, I just can’t come to the funeral. I just can’t do it. It ain’t my time to be doing things like that.’ And, she understood.” Back in the height of the southern rock era, Daniels hosted an all-star concert in Nashville called The Volunteer Jam. The shows were released as live record albums and a movie was filmed of the concert as well. However, many of Daniels’ most memorable jams back in the day took place off stage.


“I used to go down to Dickey Betts’ place some- times when we were recording in Macon and he’d have us out to his house and we do a BBQ or


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something on Sunday afternoon,” says Daniels. “We’d have some pretty good little jams while sit- ting on some bales of hay out in his barn. Just some acoustic stuff, singing songs and messing around and having a good time. Some of the favorite jams that I’ve ever had with my band and myself was when we’d have time to sit in the dressing room and we’d have amplifiers back there and we’d sit and jam. We got into some great jams. And, I used to go over to Toy and Tommy’s dressing room when we’d play together and I’d bring my fiddle over and Toy would get on the steel or the guitar and Tommy would get on the bass and we’d sit there and play off the cuff.”


When you have been around as long as Daniels, sooner or later you are going to end up losing friends and band mates along the way, as the Marshall Tucker Band story above testifies. However, a couple of deaths in the last two years


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