Charlie Daniels Heads to Monday Night Football
“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” will take on a new meaning.
Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band will have a starring role in ESPN’s Monday Night Football “open” Monday (Sept. 17) when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons (quarterbacked by Matt Ryan).
The open will feature CDB's 1979 hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Charlie recorded new lyrics for the song this week at Twin Pines Studio in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., that highlight the MNF matchup and both teams’ star quarterbacks.
“I’ve been watching Monday Night Football since it started and to be a part of it kind of makes me feel proud," Charlie tells ESPN. "I had to watch the lyrics real close because I’ve done those same 'Devil Went Down to Georgia' lyrics for 33 years.”
This is not the first time Charlie has appeared in an MNF open. The famed fiddler was part of the all-star band that was featured each week during ESPN’s first MNF season in 2006.
Hank Williams Jr. previously sang the MNF opening song until he was fired by the network in 2011 after making a verbal attack on President Barack Obama.