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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
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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

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: 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: A Decade Of Hits

1. The Devil Went Down To Georgia

2. The South's Gonna Do It Again

3. Stroker's Theme

4. Uneasy Rider

5. Let It Roll

6. In America

7. Still In Saigon

8. Long Haired Country Boy

9. The Legend Of Wooley Swamp

10. Everytime I See Him

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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

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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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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hell ya
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rusty.sonnie r
Mississippi born and raised and proud of it
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rusty.sonnie r
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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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life don't stop this is freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on other 10 songs in 143 minutes when you are done press the space bar and your crush name will appear on the screen this is so creepy it actually works
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life don't stop this is freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck.
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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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Cool
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Damn truth. These haters are panty waisted sissies that would be fed the sh*t and live in a lie than hear the truth.
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sam31ohio
go Clinton!!!!!
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Awesome song and love the fact that you have to go back to my life is so good at all times and the rest of the day before my eyes and I don't know how I feel bad for the rest of the day after the update is the most important thing is a good one to talk about how much I love you so much better than that it's not like I have a great day for me and you know what you do it again in the morning and the rest of the day before my eye
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Kjbuhhu gvyyvuhbyg
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Woah... Some of you characters have jokes!
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Simple man is describing the niknoks
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WTF! littleDick Buffalo, you need to chill !
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Good song
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judyjoo
wow, you peeps need to ease up...take your hate out on some weeds in the garden, or do some damn push ups...too much hate-it's music from talented musicians!!
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Yes, we need a whole lot more Rednecks! Sadly to say though just top many whites have become emasculated and de balled. In the future whites will pay for their emasculation . You will see.
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Douche bags..get a fukn life..MMMMER I C A ! !
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All lives matter
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Mill drive war zone
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Stuck in Lodi
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Ya simple man speaks truth to today for sure!
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:)))
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Yep ............ . . . eye for eye...tooth for a tooth ..... you know what's wrong with world today.....
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Hell ya
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RIGHT ON CHARLIE!
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Charlie and trump get it done
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Love this version
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melmo2010
I love Charlie Daniels, every time I here him can't help thinking about the movie Urban Cowboy
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