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'Devil Went Down to Georgia' country singer Charlie Daniels dies at 83

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The boy could fiddle.

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I saw him perform once and it was memorable. He destroyed his bow strings, he played so aggressively.

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Don't know any of his other songs but I know The Devil Went Down to Georgia by heart and it is a true classic. RIP.

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The real thing. There arent many left.

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'The Devil' was a huge hit across the board. It's a classic that everyone knows. That and other songs of his would score on country, rock, pop radio, video and in other formats. That particular song came out during the summer of 1979 as a breath of fresh air. It's a classic that everybody knows today. After all, who remembers all those vacious disco songs from that time, or even wants to? That, along with Cheap Trick's 'Budokan', and the emergence of the New Wave and other developments would soon rescue popular music from the doldrums of corporate pop/rock, butt rock, adult contemporary mush, muzak and that idiotic disco. CDB's popularity paved the way for great Southern rock bands like 38 Special, Alabama and more. The 80s were coming and Charlie helped paved the way. And he kept on doing what he enjoyed and it has enriched our lives. Thank you Charlie and good night. RIP.

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And I've seen Charlie enough times on TV to know - man, he could play a mean fiddle! I've seen a few fiddlers live in concert and Charlie was scheduled to perform this September near my home city. He could play that fiddle and he could play it hot but unfortunately I'll never get to see that. RIP CHARLIE

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I grew up on CDB, MTB, Jerry Reed, and other great Southern bands. They were in keeping of the story telling traditions of the South, "the man with the golden thumb" or "the bird" by Jerry Reed, "the legend of the wooley swamp" by CDB, seems nothing like it will ever arrive on the scene again. Some songs by CDB would be deemed inappropriate by todays ridiculous cancel culture. The artwork alone on those old cover albums was worth buying the record for.

@Starpunk,

I dont think Alabama was ever considered Southern Rock, more of a classic country sound out of Fort Payne but with some of the fiddle licks from CDB, can agree on that.

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I also think there is some overlap from Southern Rock classic country and R&B; I can hear some country influence in some of the great R&B like the Isley bros etc, or maybe the R&B influenced the country. Anyways, those legends will never be replaced.

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What can one say, great man, phenomenal violinist and true red-blooded patriot. Loved the guy, took me a long time to learn Devil went to Georgia, but it’s locked in me know. Also loved Primus’s revised rendition of it featuring Charlie. Great man! RIP!

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Actually, the melding of rock music with country music badly bent the spine of country music. It really began with Gram Parsons and the Burrito Brothers, much as it pains me to admit it. It is only now recovering with real country musicians like Tyler Childrers, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe finally escaping the box that Nashville tried so hard to put everybody in.

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Country and western is not my sort of music I would listen to on a daily basis, but I've just played this oh boy ! if it does not make you feet tap or dance, there is something wrong with you! I wonder if he will bump in to his old mate the devil, perhaps he can give him a violin lesson! https://youtu.be/J5j69aEZ8xE

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theLongTermer I dont think Alabama was ever considered Southern Rock, more of a classic country sound out of Fort Payne but with some of the fiddle licks from CDB, can agree on that.

I'm not the one who labels Alabama as 'Southern Rock' but some pundits do today. They scored some success and airplay on pop and rock radio in the 80s. CDB certainly did. There is a fine line sometimees between genres, you can't always stick a band's music into just one style or catagory. OTOH, ZZ Top gets catagorized as 'Southern Rock' as well but they have a harder / bluesy sound to my ears. Go figure.

expatToday  01:41 pm JST

Actually, the melding of rock music with country music badly bent the spine of country music. It really began with Gram Parsons and the Burrito Brothers, much as it pains me to admit it. 

The newer rock genre of 'Americana' is more traditional 'country' than the pop pap that passes for 'country' today. Man, REM is more 'country' than that modern commercial 'country' garbage.

It's a fine thin line. Even today after 40 years fans and critics are debating whether Motorhead was a heavy metal band or a punk rock band. They melded the two styles to invent 'speed metal' AKA 'thrash' and their shows drew in headbangers and moshers.

Music is music. It's either good or it sucks. That's all I know. RIP CHARLIE. Thank you for your great music, by whatever name people may label it as being.

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