Devil Went Down to Lawrenceburg: Charlie Daniels is Coming to Southeastern Indiana This Fall

Daniels, who's celebrating the 40th anniversary of his biggest hit, is scheduled to play Oct. 12 at the Lawrenceburg Event Center at Hollywood Casino

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Tickets to see Country music legends The Charlie Daniels Band this fall in Lawrenceburg, Indiana go on sale Friday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

Daniels and Co. are scheduled to perform at the Lawrenceburg Event Center at Hollywood Casino on Oct. 12.

Daniels — who will be celebrating his 83rd birthday on Oct. 28 — is in his sixth decade of music. The singer/fildder/guitarist's career took off in the late ’60s/early ’70s. A session musician, Daniels played on albums by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and the Marshall Tucker Band, among many others; he released his first solo album in 1971.

Daniels had a string of Country hits in the ’70s and his Rock edge resulted in some crossover action on radio and the charts. That action came to a head in 1979 when the Charlie Daniels Band's iconic "The Devil Went to Georgia" — and its tale of a satanic fiddle battle — became a gigantic hit, topping the Country singles chart and, with its Rock edge, gaining extra traction from Pop and Rock radio. The song reached No. 3 on the overall Billboard singles chart and got a boost again when it was featured in the 1980 hit film Urban Cowboy.

Daniels had a few more modest Pop crossover hits in the ’80s and later made waves on the Christian music charts with his forrays into Gospel. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Daniels does a lot of charity work for veteran's organizations, and is an outspoken conservative pundit, penning occasional op-eds about things like gun rights (he calls recent calls for gun control "political desperation by also-rans trying to get a little more face time on TV to bolster their faltering campaigns"), the Mueller Report and more on the "Soap Box" section of his website.

This year, Daniels is celebrating the 40th anniversary of "Devil" — described on his site as "most impactful fiddle-centric song to ever be released."

"People ask me if I imagined 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' would be the success it has been," Daniels says on his website. "My answer is I had no idea that forty years after the fact we would still be talking about it almost as if it was a new release."

Here are a few "fun facts" about the song from Daniels' site:

• Album Sales:  Well over 16 Million counting CDB and soundtrack albums featuring “TDWDTG.”

• Downloads: Over 2.5 Million (as of 2016)

• Certified Platinum Single (over 1 Million units sold)

• Charlie’s Soapbox on the song’s 40th Anniversary will be posted on FRIDAY.

• It was the music chosen by gymnast Dominique Moceanu as she performed her floor routine at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

• Featured in many TV shows, movies and commercials (check out the video below) and even a video game, "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock".

• The song won CMA and ACM awards and a GRAMMY®

• A common misconception is that the lyrics in the final verse were changed from “S.O.B.” to “son-of-a-gun” after Charlie was forced to go back in the studio and do a "clean" version, in fact, both versions were recorded on the very same day with everyone in agreement that the “son-of-a-gun” version would have a better likelihood of getting radio airplay. While the “S.O.B.” version was on the “Million Mile Reflections” album, it also got airplay on the Album Oriented Rock (AOR) stations, and continues on classic rock stations today.

• Covered by Jerry Reed, Lynn Anderson, The Chipmunks, Blues Traveler, The Muppets, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Colt Ford, Primus, a rap version by K.M.C Kru and a parody by Cletus T. Judd just to name a few.

• Streaming: Over 290.6 Million streams on top three streaming services combined (Apple Music/Spotify/Pandora)


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