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Charlie Daniels: 10 Definitive Songs

From the PTSD narrative “Still in Saigon” and the jammy “Sweet Louisiana” to the unforgettable “Devil Went Down to Georgia”

Charlie Daniels of the Charlie Daniels Band performs at Freedom Hill Amphitheater on June 18, 2015 in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Over his Country Music Hall of Fame career, Charlie Daniels sang about soldiers, hippies, and a gambling devil.

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Charlie Daniels may be synonymous with “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” arguably one of the earliest examples of country-rap, but his catalog was defined by more than sing-speak recitations and fiddle fire. He dabbled in the jam-band side of Southern rock, experimented with polished Eighties anthems, and notably carried a torch for classic country music — especially its storytelling. The Country Music Hall of Fame member died July 6th at 83, leaving behind songs that, while sonically diverse, were all united by the expert musician’s love of playing.

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