Charlie Daniels Guests With Widespread Panic In 2010

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Country Music Hall Of Famer Charlie Daniels died on Monday after suffering a stroke. Daniels was an incredible fiddler as displayed during his appearance with Widespread Panic at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on October 6, 2010.

Charlie Daniels emerged at the beginning of the final set of Widespread Panic’s sold-out three-night run at the historic venue as part of the band’s fall tour. Daniels jammed with Panic for over 20 minutes and shredded his fiddle so much so that hairs went flying from his bow during the guest spot.

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The lone Panic/Charlie Daniels collaboration began with one of the wilder versions of “Ain’t Life Grand” in Panic history. Charlie Daniels soloed throughout the song and led the band to multiple peaks with his instrumental skills. While Widespread Panic attempted to end “Ain’t Life Grand,” Daniels kept pushing and engaged in a duel with guitarist Jimmy Herring that served as the intro to “Who Do You Belong To?”

The capacity crowd went wild as Daniels and Herring went back and forth with tasty licks before John Bell started singing. Charlie added one impressive melody after another during the chorus and verse and then traded riffs with Herring and WSP keyboardist JoJo Hermann. The guest spot came to a close with an 11+ minute “Fixin’ To Die” that included more fierce shredding from Herring and Daniels.

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Watch fan-shot videos of Daniels’ guest appearance below:

Ain’t Life Grand, Who Do You Belong To? Captured by caitlin573

Fixin’ To Die Captured by stevesm57

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Setlist (via Everyday Companion)

Set One: Saint Ex > Party At Your Mama’s House > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Tall Boy, Pickin’ Up The Pieces*, Blight > Driving Song > Shut Up And Drive > Driving Song > Holden Oversoul > North

Set Two: Ain’t Life Grand** > Who Do You Belong To?**, Fixin’ To Die**, Down > Chilly Water > Jack > Little Kin > Jam > Drums > Radio Child > Love Tractor

Encore: Are You Ready For The Country?*, When You Coming Home*, Porch Song

  • * with Jon Randall on mandolin
  • ** with Charlie Daniels on fiddle

[Slow ‘Porch Song’; Last ‘Are You Ready For The Country?’ – 10/17/07, 214 shows]

  • Charlie Daniels 1936 - 2020

    Charlie Daniels 1936 - 2020

    Charlie Daniels, singer of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” and founder of the Volunteer Jam, died today at age 83 after suffering a stroke.