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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

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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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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Stop the chain mail # makepandorag r e a t a g i a n
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When your done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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People have put there bible's away. Jesus loves.
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Yee Yee!!
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Classic....l o v i n ' Charlie.
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I love this song
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Primus did a great cover.... claymation video and everything.
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Leland n.c. Miss ya
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Simple man is the only one that will stick by your side to the end. Won. Loose. Or Draw.
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This is a BAD A** song
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Love it the good book
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Why would the devil go down to Georgia anyway?��
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MAN! how many years ago was this written and it has just gotten WORSE!
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Your inspiring Taylor Swift
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urban cowboy yeah
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Ok, need to watch me some "Urban Cowboy"
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Maybe when a rich man gets the blues is worse
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jimgoode2004
n**ga please
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I am a long haired country boy and I can't believe the way people try to judge me Jesus had long hair????
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A few more Red. Necks will teach respect.
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I drove my quad like crazy I did donuts ��
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I just like to take everybody look after other people's little ones of something will happen to want another some of us gets sick and just can't kick it
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Don't call people crazy I know I'm crazy I have a last name start with the sea don't mean and crazy last name start with a P didn't mean picking Olivia have a good time
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Shame on you you're a man can you see I'm a woman and a young baby grandchild crying last time she was on my hip and you came over no grandma no don't go out there for baby had dreams
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I can see those shortcuts to the county boy uses like WTF
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patlou39
Ew ff r rffr ew rrr Def r rfffffff r er f r
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Urban Cowboy
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I can sing this whole song !!
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We have the world largest prison population in the world combined. We build more prisons than schools in this country. Someone need to inform Mr. Daniels they ain't letting anyone off, I mean unless your a wall street banker. lol.
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You just go lay your hand on a Pittsburgh Steeler fan
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dodea48
The Jewish Bible says eye for an eye -- Jesus says love your enemy
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He loved the marijuana long before he loved the Lord
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I have loved Charlie's music for years.if I had a chance to see,and meat a country singer befor I die it would be him. I like the fact he loves the Lord and has great values. God bless Charlie Daniel's
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Remimds of the movie Urban Cowboy. Watch it on Netflix. :-) :-) :-)
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I love his music
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Simple man made built and protect the good ole u s a one way or the other the bible says an eye for an eye !!!!!!! Tim
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Urban cowboy. Amazing song
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