"The first radio show I consciously remember listening to is the Grand Ole Opry," says Charlie Daniels. When he was growing up in North Carolina, Charlie remembers his entire neighborhood tuned into the show. "We could tell you what Minnie Pearl said or what song Webb Pierce sang. It was a rite of passage on a Saturday night." For a fiddling man who became a leading force in both Southern rock and country music, the ultimate rite of passage came in January 2008, when Charlie finally joined the Opry cast, at age 71.