The singer, guitarist, and fiddler Charlie Daniels first worked as a Nashville session musician, playing electric bass on three Bob Dylan albums and on recordings by Leonard Cohen. He produced an album by The Youngbloods, and it is his violin that can be heard on their hit “Darkness, Darkness.” He also played fiddle on many of The Marshall Tucker Band’s early albums and on Hank Williams, Jr.’s album “Hank Williams, Jr. and Friends.” Charlie Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a star-studded, profoundly emotional Medallion Ceremony on October 16, 2016.
Daniels won a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979 for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The following year, “Devil” became a major crossover success on rock radio stations after its inclusion on the soundtrack for the hit movie Urban Cowboy. Daniels appeared in the movie. He keeps an active tour schedule and his music continues to receive airplay on country and classic rock stations.