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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, Rovi
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I didn't know he was still alive!
I ain't Asian no body for nothen if I can't get it on my own
dodea48
In America -- for an alleged Christian he sure likes violence and revenge
dodea48
Simple Man --- eye for an eye menas you can't kill some one for breaking in
dodea48
Simple Man liked his drug dealer back in the 70's
kiss my assking found time out
Love his song called The Devil Went Down To Georgia!!!!!
This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
dodea48
he made a lot of great songs before he got all fat and christian
Just saw him a few months back.......h e still rocks!
Great personality in Country and Bluegrass too. Boy does he attack that fiddle, great Musician.
On Devil Went Down To Georgia am I the only one who thinks the Devil's solo is better than Johnny's?
Thank you my country hero
paytonlindsy
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Oh yeah
Jesus loves you dodea48
dodea48
Stroker Ace sounds a lot like Wooly Swamp
dodea48
fattest man in country music
dodea48
Simple Man -- Too simple to know that everything he stands for is forbidden by the Bible. Why are so many people who claim to be Christian are just violent a-holes. Eye for an eye means no lynching
I love Charlie Daniels always have always will
I love music
Jamaican regga
stevekhodge5 3
Don't like so 80's
Devil went to Georgia is one of my favorite songs
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life now if you don't stop reading this you will die in two days now that you've started reading don't stop this scary put this on five songs in the next 143 min when your done press f6 and your true love name will pop up in your screen in big letter it actually works
Follow me if you hate Justin beiber
christian.da v e y
I don't care your political inclination

The lyrics are:
A country boy can survive.


This guy never fought. Listen to the soldiers. No matter their statement.
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life now if you don't stop reading this you will die in two days now that you've started reading don't stop this scary put this on five songs in the next 143 min when your done press f6 and your true love name will pop up in your screen in big letter it actually works
The Souths gonna do it again
King-and-Que e n does have a point. .
Devil went down to Georgia
amen
Why do some people post those stupid things like a chain letter? If you don't do it, you will die. Get a grip, I not going to die until GOD says it's time.
awesome artist devil goes down to Georgia is my favorite
robbins1021
You suck
Great song.
I LOVE THIS SONG
God always win against the devil!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
to anthlage1: I saw this same ting a couple weeks ago, I didn't repost and I am still alive, sorry it is not the least bit scary.
killerspade2 9
C Daniels music is what it is. Nothing tricky or spooky about it. If you like it, then listen. If you don't......t u r n it off. I happen to like it.....so I listen. But whether you like it or not, you must admit that he is a good musician and a great showman.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen in big letters. This is do scary because it actually works
Oh yea this is exactly what the world needs(:
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest is possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now that you've started don't stop. post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes whenever you are done press F6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters This is so scary because it actually works.
Love his songs!!!!!!!
i think he looks like tom hanks
Charlie my idol
CDB was a great band with terrific instrumental prowess. Fire on the Mountain is simply one of the best country rock albums ever. It stands strong even decades later. My main criticism of CDB is that his song writing resorted to jingoism in the 90's and later. He clearly pandering to the right in an attempt to build up his audience. and frankly it just wasn't very good stuff.
Don't read this because it actually works. You
will be kissed by the love of your life on the
nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.
Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.
However if you don't post this you will die in 2
days. Now you've started reading so don't stop.
This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143
minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's
name will come on the screen in big letters.
This is so scary because it actually works
This is real country not the fake stuff
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