Brad Paisley on Charlie Daniels: ‘He Was Going Into Battle When He Played & You Would Follow Him Anywhere’

Brad Paisley remembers Charlie Daniels.

Brad Paisley on Charlie Daniels: ‘He Was Going Into Battle When He Played & You Would Follow Him Anywhere’

Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels died this morning (July 6) of a stroke. Brad Paisley, who first shared a bill with Daniels when he was 15, remembered Daniels, his musicianship and their deep friendship.

I opened for him at the Capitol Music Hall at the Wheeling Jamboree. I was 15. I probably met him [briefly].

I didn’t really meet him until years later. I think it was on a festival (in the late-‘90s). He came on the bus to say, “Son, you’re doing some things out there. There’s quite a buzz about you.” It was one of those things where you could tell he was ready to be really supportive of any new guy he liked like that. You’re struck by his warmth, especially as a new artist. Everybody has a similar story with him. He was such a warm-hearted guy. We were friends right away.

I don’t remember the first time I got on stage with him and jammed. We played together a lot. As far as that generation, he’s somebody I collaborated with more than almost anybody other than Little Jimmy Dickens or Bill Anderson. I went up and recorded with him in a studio at his farm. We did a track on his [2007 album] Deuces. We got together with Double Trouble, Stevie Ray Vaughn’s surviving band. Charlie played guitar on that and so did I. It was really cool.

We did “Karate” [for Paisley’s 2013 album Wheelhouse]  after that. I’d written that song with Chris DuBois and Kelly Loveless. I had this idea where a wife is in an abusive relationship. And I just loved the concept of Kill Bill in a country song. The husband is this bastard. There’s this rap part, and I realized the perfect person is Charlie because he’s known for these songs that are kind of confrontational and battle songs. I mean, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” is the same thing, it’s a duel. I also realized he’s one of the first true rappers when you think about what rap is, which is the spoken word, rhyming, talking, melodic, however you want to quantify it.

So I sent that to him and said, “Would you do this?” And he went in the studio and it was fantastic. He just nails that. It just sounds so cool coming out of his mouth. It gave it cred. It was like, “Okay, this is legit now. This isn’t me being goofy.” And that’s always how it’s been collaborating with somebody like Charlie. It was very selfish in a way because I got to ride on their coattails if I had somebody like Charlie on a record. And not only that, but it was just a fantasy fulfilled for me. I learned note for note, the dueling guitar parts of “In America” and I performed that with my band in West Virginia.

As far as a musician goes, it reminds me in some ways of the heartbreak I felt when Roy Clark passed. Very few entertainers entertain with their instrument now. Roy Clark entertained with his instrument. When you watched Roy Clark, you always felt like he was going around that turn on two wheels. When you watched Charlie Daniels with that fiddle, the dust was flying off the strings. He would flip that bow around like it was freaking Harry Potter’s wand. Same with on the guitar when he would play. He just looked so intense. He was going into battle when he played and you would follow him anywhere. He was like a general up there.

I remember maybe 10 years ago, one of the first festivals where he was on before me. I was headlining and I invited him to stay and play with me. And he did. And I remember going out there at the side of the stage and watching him. He wasn’t a competitor per se, but I could tell he was making it very hard for me to follow him in a great way. Not in a negative way, but with love. He’s doing “In America,” “Uneasy Rider,” all these songs, and ends with “The Devil Goes Down To Georgia,” and he’s like “Good night! Enjoy Brad Paisley.” It’s like “Damn it!” He might as well have looked at me and said [quoting “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”]: “I done told you once you son of a bitch, I’m the best that’s ever been.” (laughs) Next thing you know he comes out and we did something together. He was a fantastic, wonderful man.

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Charlie Daniels’ Biggest Billboard Hits: ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ & More

A recap of the late legend's 15 biggest Hot Country Songs hits.

Charlie Daniels’ Biggest Billboard Hits: ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ & More

Charlie Daniels passed away on July 6 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville), from a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83.

The iconic artist first reached a Billboard chart in 1973, entrenched in the popular Southern rock scene alongside such mainstays as The Allman Brothers Band and The Marshall Tucker Band. By the mid-1980s, however, he was considered a core country act thanks to a string of success on the Hot Country Songs survey.

In 1974, Daniels launched the Volunteer Jam, one of the first multi-artist festivals, which over the years attracted a wide range of acts, from Little Richard and Tammy Wynette to Steppenwolf and Billy Joel.

Daniels arrived with one of two top 10s that he scored on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100: “Uneasy Rider” (billed solely to Daniels), which reached No. 9 in 1973. His signature song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” (by The Charlie Daniels Band) hit No. 3 in 1979.

On Hot Country Songs, Daniels charted 33 entries (the bulk by The Charlie Daniels Band), including at least one each in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, 2000s and ’10s. Of those, three hit the top 10, with “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” marking his sole No. 1.

The Charlie Daniels Band’s Biggest Billboard Hits

1, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” No. 1 peak (one week), 1979

2, “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye,” No. 8, 1985

3, “Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues,” No. 10, 1988

4, “Simple Man,” No. 12, 1989

5, “In America,” No. 13, 1980

6, “Mississippi” No. 19, 1979

7, “Wichita Jail,” No. 22, 1976

8, “Long Haired Country Boy,” No. 27, 1980

9, “Still Hurtin’ Me,” No. 33, 1986

10, “All Night Long,” No. 31, 2000 (Montgomery Gentry feat. Daniels)

11, “Texas,” No. 36, 1976

12, “Cowboy Hat in Dallas,” No. 36, 1989

13, “Mister DJ,” No. 34, 1990

14, “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag,” No. 33, 2001

15, “Little Folks,” No. 47, 1991

The Charlie Daniels Band’s Biggest Billboard Hits are based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Country Songs chart, through the July 11, 2020, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower ranks earning lesser values. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.

Plus, solo and with his band, Daniels rolled up 25 entries on Top Country Albums, including five top 10s and one No. 1: 1979’s four-week leader Million Mile Reflections, which houses “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The set stands as Daniels’ lone top 10 on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart, where it rose to No. 5.

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