NASHVILLE — Charlie Daniels, the singer, songwriter and bandleader recognized for his brash down-home persona and his blazing fiddle work on hits like “The Satan Went Right down to Georgia,” died on Monday in Nashville. He was 83.
His publicist introduced the loss of life, at Summit Medical Middle within the Hermitage part of town, saying the trigger was a hemorrhagic stroke.
A power in nation and rock for greater than 5 a long time, Mr. Daniels first made his mark as a session musician. Within the late 1960s and early ‘1970s he performed guitar, bass, fiddle and banjo on Nashville recordings by Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and Leonard Cohen. He additionally produced albums for the Youngbloods, together with the group’s 1969 folk-rock touchstone, “Elephant Mountain,” throughout this era.
However his best acclaim got here because the chief of the Charlie Daniels Band, a country-rock ensemble that hosted the Volunteer Jam, the freewheeling Southern music competition established in 1974 that featured Roy Acuff, Stevie Ray Vaughn, James Brown and the Marshall Tucker Band.
Modeled after the Allman Brothers, who additionally had been common performers on the Jam, Mr. Daniels’s band employed twin lead guitarists and drummers within the service of an expansive improvisational sound that included parts of nation, blues, bluegrass, rock and Western swing.
Shaped in 1971, the group earned a fame early on for recording materials of an outspoken countercultural bent, a lot of it written by Mr. Daniels. “The South’s Gonna Do It,” a Prime 40 pop hit in 1975, sang the praises of his fellow Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Prime, amongst others. “Uneasy Rider,” a speaking bluegrass quantity that reached the pop Prime 10 in 1973, and “Lengthy Haired Nation Boy,” from 1975, unabashedly extolled the virtues of free speech and marijuana.
“I ain’t askin’ no one for nothin’/If I can’t get it by myself,” Mr. Daniels asserted in a gruff drawl on the refrain of “Lengthy Haired Nation Boy.” “Should you don’t like the way in which I’m livin’/You simply depart this lengthy haired nation boy alone.”
His plucky angle assumed legendary proportions with “The Satan Went Right down to Georgia,” a No. 1 nation single and Prime 10 pop hit from 1979 by which Mr. Daniels’s protagonist goes head-to-head with Devil in a fiddle contest and prevails. The recording appeared on the multiplatinum-selling album “Million Mile Reflections” and gained a Grammy Award for greatest nation vocal.
Mr. Daniels’s penchant for championing the underdog, coupled together with his band’s fixed touring, gained him a loyal following, together with the admiration of President Jimmy Carter, who invited the Charlie Daniels Band to carry out at his 1977 Inaugural Ball.
Mr. Daniels’s persona and politics grew extra patriotic and strident because the ’70s gave technique to the ’80s, starting with “In America,” a Prime 20 pop hit written in response to the Iran hostage disaster of 1980. “Easy Man,” a No. 2 nation single in 1990, referred to as for the lynching of drug sellers and intercourse offenders, whereas “(What the World Wants Is) A Few Extra Rednecks,” additionally from 1990, ran counter to the hippie nonconformity of his early hits.
“If I come throughout a difficulty, or one thing I really feel strongly about, and I occur to consider a track that will go in that route, then I do it,” Mr. Daniels stated, discussing how he got here to write down “Easy Man,” in a web based interview. “However that’s not what I begin out, essentially, to do.”
He was inducted into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame in 2016.
A full obituary will seem quickly.