Charlie Daniels Band Keyboardist Dead at 67

Taz DiGregorio with CDB more than 40 years.

photo by Randi Radcliff

Joel “Taz” DiGregorio, longtime keyboard player for the Charlie Daniels Band, died Wednesday night (Oct. 12) at age 67.

Taz died as a result of injuries he suffered in a single-car accident in Cheatham County, Tenn., on his way to meet the band's tour bus. The band was scheduled to leave for a show at the Cumming County Fair and Festival in Cumming, Ga., Oct. 13. Charlie has canceled that concert as well as one planned for Waterbury, Conn., Oct. 15.

Taz was an original member of the Charlie Daniels Band and performed with Charlie for more than 40 years.

He was a co-writer on several of the band’s hits, including the classic “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

In a statement, Charlie said, “I am in shock now. Taz was one of my best friends. The CDB family has lost a great friend and musician. We send our deepest condolences to the family.”

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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