Joel "Taz" DeGregorio, a longtime keyboardist in the Charlie Daniels Band and co-writer of the group's biggest hit, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," was killed Wednesday night in a one-car crash west of Nashville.
According to the band, DeGregorio was driving on Interstate 40 on his way to meet the band's tour bus when he was involved in the accident. He was 67 and spent more than 40 years in the popular country rock group.
"I am in shock now," Daniels said. "Taz was one of my best friends. The CDB family has lost a great friend and musician. We traveled many miles together and shared so many nights on the road. We're going to miss you, buddy. You were one of a kind and will never be forgotten. We send our deepest condolences to the family."
The Massachusetts native co-wrote the band's biggest hit, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," and others, including "Simple Man" and "The Legend of Wooley Swamp."
Following the tragedy, the Charlie Daniels Band has canceled concerts in Cumming, Ga. and Waterbury, Conn.