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Charlie Daniels Band keyboardist Joel 'Taz' DiGregorio dies in car crash on the way to a performance

The Devil Went Down

Longtime Charlie Daniels Band keyboardist and co-writer of legendary country-rock yarn “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” Joel “Taz” DiGregorio died on Wednesday night (October 12) in a single-car accident. He was 67 years old.

DiGregorio’s car flipped over on Interstate 40 just west of Nashville. He was on his way to Georgia for a concert, which was subsequently canceled.

“It won’t be easy without him,” Daniels told the Associated Press. “He was an intricate part of our sound for 40 years. If you listened to our records, you could hear Taz all over them.”

Daniels noted that while tomorrow night’s show in Connecticut had also been canceled, he would resume performances next weekend in Oklahoma, with the band carrying on short one member.

“I won’t replace him now,” Daniels said. “I can’t come to grips with replacing him right now, but I will.”

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Originally posted October 14 2011 — 11:37 AM EDT

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