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Charlie Daniels

A talented and showy fiddler, Charlie Daniels and his band fuse hardcore country with a hard-edged Southern rock, boogie, and blues. The group -- which has had a rotating cast of musicians over the years -- has always been known for its instrumental dexterity, but Daniels and company were also notorious for their down-home, good-old-boy attitude; in the early '80s, they became a virtual symbol of conservative country values. Daniels and his band experienced the height of their popularity at the end of the '70s and early '80s, but they remained a popular concert attraction well into the '90s.

Daniels was born and raised in North Carolina, playing fiddle and guitar in several bands during his teenage years. At the age of 21, he decided to become a professional musician, assembling an instrumental rock & roll combo called the Jaguars. The group landed a recording session for Epic Records in 1959 with Bob Johnson, who would later become Columbia Records' leading folk and country producer. The record didn't receive much attention, but the band continued to play and Daniels continued to write songs. One of his originals, "It Hurts Me," was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1963. By the late '60s, it had become clear that the Jaguars weren't going to hit the big time, so Johnson recommended to Daniels that he move to Nashville to become a session musician. Daniels followed the advice and became one of the most popular fiddlers in Nashville. He played on several Bob Dylan albums -- Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, New Morning, and Dylan -- as well as Ringo Starr's 1970 record Beaucoups of Blues. He also became part of Leonard Cohen's touring band in the late '60s and produced the Youngbloods' Elephant Mountain album around the same time.

Daniels cut an album for Capitol Records in the early '70s that was ignored. In 1972, he formed the Charlie Daniels Band, using the Southern rock of the Allman Brothers as a blueprint. The band comprised Daniels (lead guitar, vocals, fiddle), lead guitarist Don Murray, bassist Charlie Hayward, drummer James W. Marshall, and keyboardist Joe DiGregorio. The formula worked, and in 1973 they had a minor hit with "Uneasy Rider," which was released on Kama Sutra Records. In 1974, they released Fire on the Mountain, which became a gold record within months of its release; the album would eventually go platinum. Its successor, 1975's Nightrider, did even better, thanks to the Top 40 country hit "Texas." Saddle Tramp, released in 1976, became his first country Top Ten album, going gold.

Throughout the mid-'70s, the Charlie Daniels Band pursued a Southern rock direction. They were moderately successful, but they never had a breakthrough hit either on the pop or country charts. By the late '70s, Daniels sensed that the audience for Southern rock was evaporating, so he refashioned the band as a more straightforward country band. The change paid off in 1979 when the single "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" became a number one hit, crossing over into the pop charts, where it hit number three. The song was named the Country Music Association's Single of the Year and helped its accompanying album, Million Mile Reflections, become a multi-platinum success.

Daniels wasn't able to follow "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" with another blockbuster single on the country charts but, ironically, he had several rock crossover successes in the years following the success of Million Mile Reflections: Full Moon (1980) went platinum and Windows (1982) went gold. Although he continued to sell respectably throughout the '80s, he didn't have a big hit until 1989's Simple Man, which went gold. In the '90s, his records failed to chart well, although he remained a popular concert draw, a trend that continued through into the 21st century.

During the first decade of the new millennium, Daniels quietly transitioned from major labels to independents, releasing records on Blue Hat and Audium, garnering some headlines in 2003 with his pro-Iraq War anthem "This Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag," a song popular enough to launch a spinoff book, Ain't No Rag. Two years later, Daniels established a long-running relationship with Koch in 2005 with Songs from the Longleaf Pines. Daniels' albums for Koch ran the gamut from bluegrass to bluesy country-rock, punctuated with holiday collections and live records, or thematic compilations like 2010's patriotic The Land That I Love. Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2007. Over the next decade, Daniels played regular concerts and delivered new albums every few years, including 2013's Hits of the South and 2014's Off the Grid: Doin' It Dylan. In 2016, Daniels released Night Hawk -- a loose concept album celebrating cowboys -- and was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Night Hawk

1. Big Balls In Cowtown

2. Billy The Kid

3. Night Hawk

4. Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)

5. Goodnight Loving Trail

6. (Ghost) Riders In The Sky: A Cowboy Legend

7. Running With The Crowd

8. Old Chisholm Trail

9. Can't Beat The Damned Ole Machine

10. Yippie Ki Yea

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Track List: Te John, Grease, & Wolfman

1. Great Big Bunches of Love

2. I'll Try Again Tomorrow

3. Parchmont Farm

4. Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day

5. Black Autumn

6. In the City

7. New York City, King Size Rosewood Red

8. Evil

9. Billy Joe Young

10. Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee

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Track List: Deuces

1. What'd I Say

2. Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours

3. Jackson

4. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

5. Maggie's Farm

6. Daddy's Old Fiddle

7. Like A Rolling Stone

8. Evangeline

9. Let It Be Me

10. Long Haired Country Boy

11. God Save Us All From Religion

12. Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye

13. Jammin' For Stevie

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection

Disc 1

1. Amazing Grace (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

2. In The Garden (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

3. Softly And Tenderly (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

4. Abide With Me (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

5. Just A Closer Walk With Thee (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

6. Nothing But The Blood (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

7. Are You Washed In The Blood? (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

8. The Old Rugged Cross (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

9. What A Friend We Have In Jesus (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

10. Blessed Assurance (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

11. In The Sweet By And By (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

12. There Is Power In The Blood (How Sweet The Sound Album Version)

Disc 2

1. The Business Of Love (The Door Album Version)

2. Somebody Was Prayin' For Me (Steel Witness Album Version)

3. Jesus Died For You (The Door Album Version)

4. Sunday Morning (The Door Album Version)

5. New Pharisees (Steel Witness Album Version)

6. Praying To The Wrong God (The Door Album Version)

7. Two Out Of Three (The Door Album Version)

8. End Of The World (The Door Album Version)

9. Tribulation (Steel Witness Album Version)

10. Lay It On The Line (The Door Album Version)

11. Heart Of My Heart (Steel Witness Album Version)

12. Jesus (Steel Witness Album Version)

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Track List: 16 Biggest Hits

1. Uneasy Rider

2. The South's Gonna Do It Again

3. Trudy

4. Long Haired Country Boy

5. Midnight Wind

6. The Devil Went Down To Georgia

7. Reflections

8. The Legend Of Wooley Swamp

9. Carolina (I Remember You)

10. In America

11. Still In Saigon

12. Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye

13. Cowboy Hat In Dallas

14. Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues

15. Simple Man

16. (What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks

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Track List: By the Light of the Moon - Campfire Songs & Cowboy Tunes

1. Get Along, Little Dogies

2. Cowboy Logic

3. I'm an Old Cowhand (from the Rio Grande)

4. Old Chisholm Trail

5. Sixteen Tons

6. Back in the Saddle Again

7. John Henry

8. Top Hand

9. Saturday Night in Abilene

10. Yippie Ki Yea

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Track List: Songs From The Longleaf Pines

1. Walkin' In Jerusalem (Just Like John)

2. Preachin', Prayin', Singin'

3. I've Found A Hidin' Place

4. I'm Working On A Building

5. The 91st Psalm (Recitation)

6. Keep On The Sunny Side

7. Softly And Tenderly

8. The Old Account

9. I'll Fly Away (Instrumental)

10. How Great Thou Art

11. The 23rd Psalm (Recitation)

12. What Would You Give (In Exchange For Your Soul)?

13. The Old Crossroads

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Track List: Freedom And Justice For All

1. My Beautiful America

2. In America

3. Summer Of '68

4. Let Freedom Ring

5. The Last Fallen Hero

6. Freedom And Justice For All

7. American Farmer

8. God Bless The Mother

9. Simple Man

10. Still In Saigon

11. This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag

12. A Few More Rednecks

13. America, I Believe In You

14. Star Spangled Banner

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Track List: Redneck Fiddlin' Man

1. Rock This Joint

2. Waco

3. Little Joe And Big Bill

4. The Last Fallen Hero

5. Southern Boy (feat. Travis Tritt)

6. High Speed Heroes

7. Fais Do Do

8. Muddy Mississippi

9. Redneck Fiddlin' Man

10. Crosstown Traffic

11. My Baby Plays Me Just Like A Fiddle

12. Star Spangled Banner

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Track List: How Sweet The Sound

Disc 1

1. Amazing Grace

3. In The Garden

4. Softly And Tenderly

5. Abide With Me

7. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

10. Nothing But The Blood

11. I'll Fly Away

12. How Great Thou Art

Disc 2

1. Somebody Was Prayin' For Me

3. Are You Washed In The Blood?

4. The Old Rugged Cross

5. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

6. Blessed Assurance

8. In The Sweet By And By

13. There Is Power In The Blood

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Track List: Tailgate Party

1. The South's Gonna Do It

2. Pride And Joy

3. Can't You See

4. Let Her Cry

5. Homesick

6. Keep Your Hands To Yourself

7. Statesboro Blues

8. Peach Country Jamboree

9. Sharp Dressed Man

10. Freebird

11. The Legend Of Wooley Swamp

12. El Toreador

13. The Devil Went Down To Georgia

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Track List: Fiddle Fire (25 Years Of The Charlie Daniels Band)

1. Texas

2. The Devil Went Down To Georgia

3. High Lonesome

4. Fais Do Do

5. Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues

6. The South's Gonna Do It

7. Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye

8. Fiddle Fire

9. The Fiddle Player's Got The Blues

10. Layla

11. Orange Blossom Special

12. Talk To Me Fiddle

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Track List: The Roots Remain

Disc 1

1. Then, Now And Until The End

2. Uneasy Rider

3. No Place To Go

4. The South's Gonna Do It Again

5. Orange Blossom Special (Live)

6. Trudy

7. Caballo Diablo

8. Long Haired Country Boy

9. Funky Junky

10. Texas

11. Birmingham Blues

12. Wichita Jail

13. Dixie On My Mind

14. Sweet Louisiana

15. Saddle Tramp

Disc 2

1. Billy The Kid

2. High Lonesome

3. Midnight Wind

4. Passing Lane

5. The Devil Went Down To Georgia

6. Mississippi

7. Reflections

8. The Legend Of Wooley Swamp

9. Money

10. Carolina (I Remember You)

11. In America

12. Ain't No Ramblers Anymore

13. We Had It All One Time

14. Still In Saigon

15. Running With That Crowd

Disc 3

1. American Farmer

2. Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye

3. Cowboy Hat In Dallas

4. Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues

5. Honky Tonk Avenue

6. Midnight Train

7. Uneasy Rider '88

8. Simple Man

9. Play Me Some Fiddle

10. (What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks

11. To Be With Joanna Again

12. Renegade

13. Layla

14. Talk To Me Fiddle

15. Little Folks

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Track List: Steel Witness

1. It's Happening Now

2. New Pharisees

3. Somebody Was Prayin' For Me

4. Payback Time

5. He's Not Here

6. Whose Side Are You On

7. Tribulation

8. Jesus

9. Heart Of My Heart

10. A Day In The Life

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Track List: The Door

1. The Business Of Love (The Door Album Version)

2. Washed In The Blood (The Door Album Version)

3. Jesus Died For You (The Door Album Version)

4. Sunday Morning (The Door Album Version)

5. Protected By Prayer (The Door Album Version)

6. Lay It On The Line (The Door Album Version)

7. Praying To The Wrong God (The Door Album Version)

8. Two Out Of Three (The Door Album Version)

9. End Of The World (The Door Album Version)

10. My Chosen One (The Door Album Version)

11. Birth, The (The Door Album Version)

12. Crucify Him (The Door Album Version)

13. Jerusalem's Shame (The Door Album Version)

14. Joy In The Morning (The Door Album Version)

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Track List: Super Hits

1. Uneasy Rider

2. Long Haired Country Boy

3. The South's Gonna Do It

4. The Devil Went Down To Georgia

5. In America

6. Still In Saigon

7. Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye

8. Uneasy Rider '88

9. Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues

10. Simple Man

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Track List: America, I Believe In You

1. All Night Long

2. Troubles Of My Own

3. Tennessee Two Step

4. The Girl Next Door

5. America, I Believe In You

6. Oh Juanita

7. Sweet Little Country Girl

8. Alley Cat

9. What You Gonna Do About Me

10. San Miguel

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Track List: Renegade

1. Renegade

2. Talk To Me Fiddle (1991)

3. Little Folks

4. Honky Tonk Life

5. Layla (1991)

6. The Twang Factor

7. Fathers And Sons

8. What My Baby Sees In Me

9. Willie Jones

10. Let Freedom Ring (1991)

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Track List: A Decade Of Hits

1. The Devil Went Down To Georgia

2. The South's Gonna Do It Again

4. Uneasy Rider

6. In America

7. Still In Saigon

8. Long Haired Country Boy

9. The Legend Of Wooley Swamp

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Track List: Million Mile Reflections

1. Passing Lane

2. Blue Star

3. Jitterbug

4. Behind Your Eyes

5. Reflections

6. The Devil Went Down To Georgia

7. Mississippi

8. Blind Man

9. Rainbow Ride

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Track List: Uneasy Rider

1. Funky Junky

2. Big Man

3. Why Can't People

4. Revelations

5. Uneasy Rider

6. Midnight Lady

7. Somebody Loves You

8. No Place To Go

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Track List: Fire On The Mountain

1. Caballo Diablo

2. Long Haired Country Boy

3. Trudy

4. Georgia

5. Feeling Free

6. The South's Gonna Do It

7. New York City, King Size Rosewood Red

8. No Place To Go

9. Orange Blossom Special

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saralongmire
Whats with the freaky witchcraft s**t people are posting? Weird.
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AMEN CHARLIE!!!
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❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Say Ariana 3 times post on 2 songs check your voice
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The time of the Simple Man is fast approaching, if not already here. A lot of people are sick and tired of being told that their beliefs have no meaning, the laws are there for a reason and ALL people should either follow them or expect negative consequences . Don't give a tinkers damn what you skin color is, what you believe or how you live as long as you give me the same respect. If my religion is in conflict with your beliefs then it should be handled by civil discussion. NOT assaults!
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I love it
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I love penatonix
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this world needs a few more rednecks
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMMARROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOUVE STARTED READING THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINS. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPER IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS.
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funny how all this is coming true when this song was written and sang over 10 years
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CRAZY !! Unbelievable what a talent Daniels has !!!!
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Amen. CDB
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kandihelms
Too true
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acemodderz4l i f e
SPEAKING THE TRUTH, GODBLESS AMERICA ����
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Very westerny Charlie Daniels,very westery.
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That's the way I see it, I'm a simple man. lol
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F**k Obama!
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The USA will be a changin tomorrow
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Love his song "devil went down to georgia!"
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Merry Christmas to y'all
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Merry Christmas to all you country lover
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GREAT Video
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simple man me
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hell ya
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Mississippi born and raised and proud of it
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I don't burn flags of any kind and I love all people no matter what they choose to do
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fredmannandm a r i a
So everyone is trying to figure out TRUMP won the election?
CHARLIE said it best in 1898 when he sung the SIMPLE MAN...They spoke .
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CALL ME OL FASHIONED, BUT THIS MAN SPEAKS THE TRUTH, I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS ��
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Great song, long hair on man is beautiful
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there will never be another charlie daniels ever again country has just turnt into pop
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Watch where you going, remember where you been!! Hell Yeah!
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Thought I died bye 25 or was it 26 blood shoot eyes at 25 or was it 26 ......... love it
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incredible fiddler...ju s t wow
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RIGHT ON CHARLIE!!!
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and i have sang that soung as a talent in a talent show
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no both simple man and the devil went down to Georgia is because he can do that fidle like a man on a mission
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Big Rick.over this s**t
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Simple man the best ever
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The Devil went down to Georgia kick's as
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You left out the Song that made him in Southern Rock, The Souths gonna do it from Fire on the mountain
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stone mountain laser shows are the memories that come to mind when I hear this song
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U.S.A./ REBEL FOR EVER MAN
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Yee Haw'rawa REBEL MAN!❤✌
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He was looking for a soul to steal.... Did!
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Charlie Daniels for president
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The Devil went down to Georgia. Is still one of my favorite.
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A few more red necks is what the USA needs
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Great song man
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