10 Songs, 37 Minutes


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4.4 out of 5

106 Ratings

106 Ratings

The Devil Went Down To Georgia


This album is SICK. The song "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" is an awesome song, and is also my favorite music video. This I suggust to anyone who enjoys country. If there was a 10 rating, I would give it that.

Devil Went Down to Georgia

Fred R Goff

This is a great song, but Daniels did two versions. In the original, he uses the phrase "son of a gun." In a later version he uses "son of a b****." Not only does the second version break the rhyme of the song (I guess Daniels wanted to show his disgust with the devil; who knows?) but it also makes what is otherwise a great, stomping wholesome, fun song inappropriate for younger audiences. iTunes should provide an explicit marker next to the later song so that buyers can determine the one they want without spending money to buy every performance.

frg doesn't know.....

FRGet a life

Great album because it covers a wide time period of the CDB. When frg wrote about 2 versions of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" he must not of realized that the original cut from the original album contained S.O.B. The Son of a gun was dubbed in so all the "bubble gum pop" stations on FM radio could play it without incurring fines from the FCC (see George Carlin's seven dirty words...S.O.B. is numero uno). Long before Charlie Daniel's started playing the God fearing, anti drug, kill the criminals music (which is good stuff) he was a certified dope smoking, hard drinking, bar rousin', country rocking guy. Listen to "Uneasy Rider", "Long Haired Country Boy", and than laugh out loud at the hypocrisy 30 years down the road when he's singing about tying dope dealers to tree stumps in the middle of the Louisiana swamps. This is a great album and if you want your kids to grow up in a buibble don't play it for them, however my four year old is having a great time right now dancing around the living room listening to it.

About The Charlie Daniels Band

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.

    Wilmington, NC
  • BORN
    October 28, 1936




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