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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 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 was comprised of 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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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: 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: 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: 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

10. Layla

11. Orange Blossom Special

12. Talk To Me Fiddle

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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: Simple Man

1. A Few More Rednecks

2. Was It 26

3. Oh Atlanta

4. Midnight Wind

5. Saturday Night Down South

6. Play Me Some Fiddle

7. Simple Man

8. Old Rock 'N Roller

9. Mister DJ

10. It's My Life

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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: Fire On The Mountain

1. Caballo Diablo

2. Long Haired Country Boy

3. Trudy

6. The South's Gonna Do It

7. New York City, King Size Rosewood Red

9. Orange Blossom Special

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love it
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Charlie Daniel's He is Still Alive OK.✌
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You People saying have Iphones who Cares so Shut Hell Up OK Hun.
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Say iPhone 5× pick a color and post this in 5 other songs look under your pillow
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Amen.
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Ha ha yee Haw
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If you wanna hear the best parody of this look up "the streak parody of what this world needs is a few more rednecks" it's hilarious I couldn't stop watching it
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This world needs some rednecks i mean seriously most people are city slickers. And GO BROWNS
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I'm drinking my baby good bye.
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Thank ��
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To bad , being born in the USA just means not paid to live here!
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MMMMMMMMMMMM SO Awesome
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The problem the way I see it. Is N**GERS!
muslims & Communists! Liberals are just a step down but close! F**K'EM! ALL!
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This song is right, despite a few things, I agree! Folks, America is over! However, if we stay informed (INFOWARS. COM)
stay prepared & gear up! Stand united! and YES! WHITE PATRIOTS...y a know what's coming!
♠ARM HEAVY & STAND READY♠
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Fly that flag high and proud!!! We definitely need some more rednecks! So much truth in this song! Proud of the caluses on my hand some of these lazy asses needs to get up and get them some and make this country great again
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My favorite song of Charlie Daniels is The Devil Went Down To Georgia :)
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U. S. A.
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Smoke so weed Man Yeeeee Haw wooo
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Hear's Johnny
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��****** some of a b**ch
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Devil went down to... Yep
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This song's a sin
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grambellson
this is a really good artest. I love the song the devail went to gorga
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Never missed a show in Dallas during the 70s always great
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if we were only at LIBERTY to speak, feel, live, and love the way we wanted to there'd be MORE rednecks, MORE smiles, MORE GOOD OLE BOYS, MORE ancestors shining down on us, and MORE INTEGRATED PROUD HARD WORKING TAX PAYING AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN
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Awesome song
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holiday only
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I love. This. Song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I like country music
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I like this music, but he's pretty much a redneck idiot. Fun music though. Sad.
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Deejay. Whoop that trick....
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johncoffield

As a point of correction, the CDB's keyboardist was Joel Taz DiGregorio, not Joe as noted in the bio above. Also, a nod should be give to Tommy Crain who was a long time, talented lead guitar player. I feel the the 1977 album entitled Midnight Wind was one of Charlie's better efforts. Finally, more of Charlie's music can be found on a series of Volunteer Jam albums released in the 70's & 80s.
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How many real rednecks are there after I mean really real rednecks
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Mr. Daniels is from Magnolia, North Carolina! Shout out to my North Carolinians!
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"" ALPHA OMEGA""
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loissroka
UNEASY RIDER, I LOVE THIS , IT GIVES ME A LIFT, WANT TO CALL EVERYONE. You gotta hear this song! It makes laugh every time it comes on.s**t, that G D CORRECTION!, , ME LAUGH!!!!, F- U preDicktion! ,
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Hidden down here in Florida we love CDB!
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And that's all he wrote! Love it!!
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