A talented and showy fiddler, Charlie Daniels and his band fuse hardcore country with a hard-edged Southern rock boogie and blues. The group
-- which has had a rotating cast of musicians over the years -- has always been known for their instrumental dexterity, but they were also
notorious for their down-home, good-old boy attitude; in the early '80s they became a virtual symbol of conservative country values. Daniels
and his band experienced the height of their popularity at the end of the '70s and early '80s, but they remained a popular concert attraction
well into the '90s.
In 1975, he had a top 30 hit as leader of the Charlie Daniels Band with the Southern rock self-identification anthem