Wow. Just wow.
In case you hadn't heard the sad news elsewhere today, the Charlie Daniels Band's keyboardist Joel "Taz" DiGregorio died yesterday when his SUV went off the road and hit a tree west of Nashville.
Police tell TMZ that Joel's car was the only vehicle involved in the accident.
Joel had been part of the band for 40 years and was a cowriter of The Devil Went Down to Georgia, probably the most recognizable country song in the world.
Joel was 67.
From the Charlie Daniels Band website:
Joel ‘Taz’ DiGregorio, longtime keyboard player and vocalist for The Charlie Daniels Band, has passed away.
DiGregorio died Wednesday night as a result of injuries he sustained in a single car accident in Cheatham County, TN, while driving to meet the CDB tour bus. The accident occurred on I-40 West of Nashville. The band was scheduled to depart for Cumming, GA, for a concert appearance at the Cumming Country Fair and Festival on Oct. 13th.
The CDB has cancelled their concerts scheduled for tonight, Oct. 13thin Cumming, GA.at the Cumming Country Fair and Festival and Saturday, Oct. 15thin Waterbury, CT. at the Palace Theater.
From Southbridge, Mass., Taz was an original member of the CDB for over 40 years and a co-writer on many CDB songs, including The Devil Went Down To Georgia.
“I am in shock now, Taz was one of my best friends, ” says Charlie Daniels. “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.”
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.