Forty years ago, the Charlie Daniels Band’s legacy was set in stone with an imaginary battle between a fiddler and the Devil.
The song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” became the rock band’s biggest hit, spanning decades and numerous covers. On its latest tour, the band will be celebrating four decades of that smash hit.
“People ask me if I imagined ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ would be the success it has been. My answer is I had no idea that 40 years after the fact we would still be talking about it almost as if it was a new release,” Daniels said on his website.
The band will perform that hit, as well as many other songs from its expansive catalog, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Missouri Theater.
Since “The Devil’s” release, the song has been covered by bands such as Blues Traveler, The Muppets and Primus and featured in movies and shows like “Coyote Ugly,” “The Waterboy” and “The Voice.” In 1993, the band released a sequel to the song, “The Devil Comes Back to Georgia.”\
At its show, the band will be performing “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” as well as a collection of its classic hits and songs from its latest releases, “Off The Grid — Doin’ It Dylan” and “Night Hawk.”
Since that song took off, the band has made a point to make sure it’s played at every show.
“People come to a show to hear the songs they’ve heard on the radio,” Daniels told WTOP. “When you don’t play those songs, I feel like you don’t give them their money’s worth, so we always do those songs: ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia,’ ‘Long-Haired Country Boy,’ ‘In America.’ … Then we have a few new things you haven’t heard us play, that’s the growth part of it, but you still gotta stick with the tried-and-true proven ones, so we always do those first.”
The band previously performed as part of Trails West! in 2015 with then-unknown country artist Kelsea Ballerini.
Tickets for the concert are on sale now. The price ranges from $35 to $99 and are available online at ticketmaster.com or by calling the Civic Arena box office at 816-271-4717.
— Andrew Gaug | St. Joe Live