Fox Nation host and country music artist John Rich spoke with American music icon Charlie Daniels just three weeks before he died last month at age 83, in what was fated to be the legendary fiddle player's last interview.
"As we would say in the country, 'he was firing on all eight cylinders'... he was happy and pumped and excited," said Rich on "Fox and Friends" on Friday.
"I asked him questions all the way back to being born in Wilmington, North Carolina during World War II, to his music career," recalled Rich, who was invited to Daniels' home in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., on June 16 to record an interview for Fox Nation's "The Pursuit with John Rich."
"I asked him questions about, 'Hey, Mr. Charlie, what's your thoughts on defunding the police," Rich said describing the wide-ranging sitdown. "It was a pretty in-depth, encapsulating interview and what a loss it is to lose Charlie Daniels. His funeral is today, but I am glad we had this interview for America to be able to watch and hear from him directly."
At one point in the conversation, which is available in full on Fox Nation, Daniels spoke about his deep sense of patriotism and he described the mindset of Americans during the World War II when he was growing up.
"I was 5 years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed," said Daniels. "My first real poignant memory is a Sunday over at my granddad's house and the radio was on... and this program was interrupted... and they started talking about what had happened, that they had bombed over naval base there."
Daniels recalled how close the war felt at the time to a young boy living on the east coast of the United States, as Germany U-boats attacked American cargo ships leaving the port of Wilmington bound for Europe.
"We were very vigilant, but we were always aware of our troops," he continued. "That's why I have such a great appreciation and love for American military because we knew they were out there saying, 'To get through them, you got to come through me and that ain't going to happen."
On "Fox and Friends," Rich also observed that Daniels' love of country was matched by his affection for his fellow Americans.
"He cared so much for our police, for our first responders and military, and his fans too," said Rich. "He had 100 bookings to play this year at 83-years-old. That's amazing."
"He would play through the commercials. He would go 90 minutes straight. The minute he went out there, he would not take a break," said Kilmeade, "It was truly amazing to see."
Lastly, Rich pointed out that Daniels was had a strong faith in God, and he opened up to Rich about that as well.
"Charlie Daniels was one of the most famous people in the world, one of the most successful people in the world and for a guy like that to humble himself and admit if I didn't have God in my life, there's no telling where I would be, that's a great statement for not only him. That's a true statement for all of us," said Rich.
On Friday, July 10 at 7:00 pm EDT, Fox Nation will honor the memory of Charlie Daniels with special messages from his friends and more on "Fox Nation Presents a Tribute to Charlie Daniels." The program will be available for free on Fox Nation and streaming live on Fox News Digital and all Fox News social media platforms.
Rich's full interview with Charlie Daniels is also available on Fox Nation's "The Pursuit with John Rich."