July 7, 2020
The US country musician Charlie Daniels is dead. He died on Monday at the age of 83 years in the state of Tennessee, as reported on Daniels' official website. The singer, guitarist and violinist and his Charlie Daniels band merged country music and southern rock. Among other things, he was famous for his virtuoso solo performances on the violin.
Daniels' most famous song was "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", for which he was awarded a Grammy in 1979. In it he tells the story of a violinist who engages in a musical duel with Satan. Daniels played with legends like Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and Leonard Cohen. Daniels was a philanthropist who was involved in cancer research and other health issues. Politically, he often represented determined conservative positions. Shortly before his death, he criticized the protests against racism and police violence. Daniels was also a supporter of the powerful gun lobby NRA.