Charlie Daniels helps MNF intro with 'Devil'
September, 17, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Scott Legato/WireImage/Getty ImagesCountry legend Charlie Daniels reworked "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" for Monday night's game. "It was pretty simple," he said. "I had to put it in my own vernacular, redoing some rhymes."It's been a tough weekend for country music legend Charlie Daniels.
On Saturday, his Tennessee Volunteers were crushed by the Florida Gators.
On Sunday, his Tennessee Titans were stomped by the San Diego Chargers.
But today is a new day, and Daniels and his band have worked with ESPN to help make the intro for "Monday Night Football" as Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos travel to Atlanta to face Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.
A reworked "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" will lead the telecast.
"I'm not used to working in only a minute and 18 seconds!" Daniels said.
The original version about the Devil coming to Georgia to procure souls (3 minutes, 37 seconds) was No. 1 on the U.S. country charts in 1979 and still is played today on radio stations.
"It's going to be very cool. And the game involves one of our Tennessee heroes in Peyton Manning," Daniels said. "If he ran for governor in our state, he'd get elected. He's that well thought of."
Daniels himself has been well thought of in the state of Tennessee, also.
The 75-year-old singer-guitar/fiddle player has lived in the Nashville area since the late 1960s, starting out as a session singer. His style of music caught on and he has released more than 40 albums. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Jan. 24, 2008.
"People are asking me who I think is going to win Monday night, but I don't have a dog in the hunt," Daniels said. "I'm just going to enjoy this game. I think this could be one of the great games of the year."
And after listening to his intro and watching the game, Daniels will head back to the studio to continue recording. He's nowhere near slowing down.
"What would I do? I'd just sit around my living room and play guitar anyway," he said. "I might as well get paid to do that!"