Though Luke Bryan’s fan-slapping incident stole some of the thunder from last night’s Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam, the country superstar did hang around to sing a country-rock classic with the newly-inducted Country Music Hall of Fame member. Coming near the jam portion of the show, the Georgia native returned to the stage to swap lines with Daniels on “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
Daniels leads the familiar soul-gambling narrative from the Charlie Daniels Band’s 1979 LP Million Mile Reflections, singing the opening line after a few menacing, atonal volleys from his fiddle. Bryan jumps in on the second line, and the pair trade back and forth for the rest of the song, often punctuating key lines in unison. The crowd goes wild for the instrumental sections – even Bryan watches with admiration while Daniels bows his way through the song’s numerous signature fiddle vamps. By the end, Bryan has removed his jacket and thrown it in the crowd.
The 42nd annual Volunteer Jam, held November 30th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, also featured performances by Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton, Travis Tritt and Three Doors Down. A portion of proceeds from the event will go to the Journey Home Project for soldiers returning from combat.