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Charlie Daniels and the CDB

By Brion McClanahan on Oct 28, 2016

Charlie Daniels turns 80 today. He is still producing top quality music and is still an iconic symbol of the South and the Southern musical tradition.


Most people are familiar with his hits–“The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and “Long Haired Country Boy”–but these tunes are a conspicuous though minimal part of a career that spans five decades.


Daniels began his career by writing tunes for other country music stars, including Elvis, and playing bass as a background musician in Nashville. He then helped lead the 1970s Southern cultural revival and was one of the driving forces behind the founding of Capricorn studios in Macon, GA. Daniels reassured Southerners who had been vilified by nearly two decades of bad press that indeed the South had something to offer. He simply said what everyone south of the Mason-Dixon knew; Southerners had always been the backbone of America.


Even today, his Volunteer Jam is one of the top live events in the United States and has typically drawn many of the biggest names in Southern music to its stage, Scissors-32x32.png





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