Watch Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Chris Stapleton, & Kid Rock Perform The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See” Back In 2016

What a team

I mean, Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Chris Stapleton and Kid Rock teamed up to perform one of the greatest southern rock songs of all time?

We’re taking it back to 2016 folks…

I went down a rabbit hole here recently, and suddenly this hidden gem appeared on my timeline…

We’re talking about all of the legendary artists above who came together to perform the Marshall Tucker Band’s megahit “Can’t You See” at Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday Bash in Nashville, Tennessee.

We’re talking about a country-southern rock legend in Charlie Daniels, ’90s country superstar Travis Tritt, one of the best voices country music has ever seen in Chris Stapleton, and whatever you kid Rock, who band together for one of the most iconic Southern rock anthems of all time.

Heck, even Luke Bryan sneaks onto the stage at one point and picks up a guitar.

Unfortunately, little did we know that we would lose Charlie Daniels just a few years later in 2020 die from a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 83.

Still, we can give the man credit for changing the sound of country music, southern rock, and bluegrass forever.

And the original:

Travis Tritt recalls being pranked by Charlie Daniels on tour

When it comes to the country music I grew up listening to, there’s no bigger name for me than Travis Tritt.

The man is a legend in my book (and to many others as well), and he’s gone on to become one of country music’s “older statesmen,” leading the way and influencing a whole new generation of artists.

But in a recent episode of The Justin Moore Podcast, Travis spent some time talking about one of his biggest influences — and the pranks they used to pull on each other.

I’ve only seen Travis live once and I was lucky enough to see him playing a show with him Charlie Daniels. Travis and Charlie were good friends, with Travis likening Charlie to a “grandfather figure” in the podcast. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t have fun together playing shows together.

If you’ve seen Travis in concert, you know his shows are high-energy, highly productive performances. Well, it turns out that at one point in his career, Travis bought a $1 million stage – and the only way to get on stage to perform without being seen by the crowd, consisted of being wheeled out on a road case.

And I’ll let Travis take it from here:

“Charlie Daniels made me good one night. I wanted to get into that suitcase and it had just played right in front of me. And I wanted to get this suitcase, and he had snuck in there first. And he had these big goggle-eyed glasses with the feathers on them… and he just popped out…

And scared the shit out of me.”

But Travis managed to pay Charlie back later on the tour.

“I waited until the end of the tour. And to get him back – he was so focused, he didn’t like distractions, you know, and stuff like that on his stage. So I waited until the last night of the tour.

And I got one of my road crew, my guitar tech, and another guy from our crew, and they went to a local costume shop and one of them rented a chicken suit — a full chicken suit — and the other rented a rabbit suit.

And so in the middle of one of the songs — I don’t even know what it was, but one of the songs — I sent both guys out there from opposite sides of the stage, and they’re dancing all over Charlie, and he’s looking around like, ‘What the Devil?’

And then he just sees me standing to the side, laughing, and he’s like, ‘Oh, I see what you were doing right there.’”


Travis also spent some time talking about how Charlie had helped him once they started playing together.

According to Travis, when he was brand new and opening for Charlie, one venue stuck him and his band in a literal broom closet for a dressing room. But when Charlie came down to introduce himself before the show and saw Travis’ quarters, Charlie took matters into his own hands:

“Charlie came down the first night before the show just to introduce himself. And he went to him, “Hey everyone, I’m Charlie, I just wanted to say it’s a pleasure to have you all on board.

And he looked around the room and said, ‘What is this room?’ I said, “This is our dressing room, sir.”

He said, “I’ll be damned.”

He said, ‘You’ll all be waiting right here.’ And he left and came back about five minutes later and said, ‘Come on, everyone, follow me.’

And like a bunch of little ducklings following a mother duckling, we followed him down that long hallway. And he came and stopped in front of two sets of double doors that swung in like this… and he opened those doors and it was a space big enough for a plane to land in.”

It turns out that Charlie had brought Travis and his band into his own dressing room — which he said Travis is now his dressing room too.

Travis goes on to relate how at the end of the tour, Charlie gave him his cell phone numbers (yes, cell phones weren’t quite as portable back then as they are now, so people had multiple cell phones in different places) and told him he could call him anytime.

And as Travis admits, “I probably used those numbers more times than I should have, but he was always the guy who was always there on the other end of the phone to answer.”

The country music world truly lost a legend when we lost Charlie Daniels last year. But while Travis is probably too humble to admit it, it’s great that we have people like him standing up and following in the footsteps that Charlie left.

You can – and should – watch or listen to the full interview with Travis on The Justin Moore Podcastbecause the industry legend man has more insight and perspective into country music than just about anyone else in the industry.

Travis Tritt, man. What a legend.

Tritt’s version of “Long Haired Country Boy” is one for the ages. Watch Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Chris Stapleton, & Kid Rock Perform The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See” Back In 2016

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