Every single person, country fan or not, knows the song “The Devil Went to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band. For Billboard’s series, “How It Went Down,” the country legend told the story of how exactly the song came to be.
When working on songs for their album Million Mile Reflections, Daniels realized there was one thing missing: a fiddle tune. There was a particular line he kept coming back to and that was, “The devil went down to Georgia.”
“Sometimes it takes a long time to write a song,” Daniels explains. “This particular song just started coming once I got the story, and knew where I was going wtih it. I just kind of followed it.”
While recording the song, Daniels said the devil’s part used about seven fiddles to get just right. Plenty of people have argued with him that the devil’s part is better than Johnny’s, something he adamantly disagrees with.
“You can’t even remember what he plays,” he argues. “It’s just a bunch of noise.”
Watch the full episode in the video above.