“Charlie Daniels is a legend of country music…” said Gilbert in a social media post. “Put together this cover with @JesseBFranklin to honor the man he was and the music he made. Both will inspire me forever… RIP Charlie Daniels.”
Gilbert shared his hurt with fans on Instagram the day the world lost Daniels saying: “The world lost a true legend today, Your boots won’t ever be filled, but your legacy will live on forever… Thank you.”
“Long Haired Country Boy” was written by the Charlie Daniels Band and released on their 1974 album, Fire On The Mountain. The song was first released as a single in April 1975 and was then re-released as a single in January 1980.
Daniels died on Monday, July 6 from a hemorrhagic stroke at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. He was 83 years old.
Watch the stunning cover, tribute video filmed by Brian Vaughan below.
The country superstar recently released his single “Hard Days” on June 5 and it quickly resonated with fans.