For whatever reason, when I think about Charlie Daniels, I think about the discount retail chain called GrandPa Pidgeon’s in St.Louis, Missouri. My memory may be foggy, but I assume he made an appearance &/or played a show at one of their locations in the 1990s. I know I saw a newspaper ad promoting his appearance in their stores. (Call it my own personal Pavlov’s Dog.) I was never a rabid fan of The Charlie Daniels Band or “The C.D.B.”, but I was aware of both the man and the band. I can remember conversing with a friend of mine in grade school about the tune “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The short version is the kid who lived across the street from him used to max out the volume when the lyrics said, “S.O.B.”
It’s not the first attempt to feature man vs. Satan in an epic showdown, but it is a damn good song. Give the man some credit. I remember the whole “Devil vs. Daniel Webster” thing among other tales, but maybe that’s just me. I can only speak for me, but I have met many musicians in Missouri who would cite Charlie Daniels as an influence today.
As for Charlie Daniels being a conservative or right-winger, I say, “Whatever!” He was a real person and a damn fine musician and storyteller — that may be what drew people to him. In addition, I also think about a tune called “Caballo Diablo” (Devil Horse) I heard on the radio as well.
For whatever reason….coincidence, geography, etc. … I can remember the classic rock jock “Radio Rich Dalton” taking about this song as I drove along 170 (a.k.a. “The Innerbelt”) in the St. Louis Metro one day. Country recording artist Chris LeDoux also recorded that tune. There’s “Long Haired Country Boy”” as well as “The South’s Gonna Do It Again.”
In my opinion, the song is nothing more than a celebration of Southern Rock. I could go on and on about the C.D.B.’s influence in the Show-Me State. What I WILL say is his influence is felt to this day. If “The South’s Gonna Do It Again” offends you, then it offends you. In my opinion, it’s a song about being proud of where you’re from. If that’s politically incorrect, then so be it !! Viva, Charlie Daniels!
Till next time, keep your Mojo on the Horizon!