Charlie Daniels: In Shape Physically, Not So Much Technologically
Charlie Daniels might be 80 years old, but he's not about to act his age. The octogenarian credits an accident he had more than 30 years ago with inspiring him to stay as healthy and active as possible -- at least physically.
"Back in 1980, I got my right arm tangled up in a post hole digger; I broke it really, really bad in about three places," Daniels recently told the Boot and other reporters. "I laid up and did nothing for four months. When I got through, I couldn’t walk but about 100 yards. It was horrible … I started exercising, and I exercised regularly. I try to do at least an hour a day … That goes a long, long way, and makes me feel a whole lot better."
When it comes to certain things though -- like technology -- the recent Country Music Hall of fame inductee says his age shows a bit.
"I’m not technically savvy at all," Daniels concedes (though he is an avid Twitter user, and writes blogs for his official website). "My son dragged me kicking and screaming into every kind of technology I’ve ever owned: He talked me into getting a computer. He talked me into doing the things that I do. When I come to find out how much advantage there is to doing things that way, to instant communication and that sort of thing ...
"I don’t do Facebook; I do Twitter, and my stuff goes on to Facebook," Daniels adds. "I do something every day; I’m on seven days a week. I have regular features that I do: I do a Bible scripture every morning, and a little thing that I call Let’s All Make the Day Count ... At night, I sign off and tell everybody goodnight. All during the day, [I share] whatever’s on my mind."
Daniels has a busy touring schedule on the books already for 2017. A list of all of his upcoming shows is available on his website.