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Joel "Taz" DiGregorio

Taz DiGregorio

Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, an outstanding songwriter and musician  excited many fans and contributed not only to Georgia music history, but to music worldwide.  Bronson Herrmuth, musician, songwriter and close friend, shared this story with us:

"It was probably six months ago that I drove out to Taz's beautiful home in Burns, TN. I took my acoustic guitar, my 5 string fiddle, my mandolin, and my harmonicas, and my mission was to rehearse with Taz for his upcoming album. We sat upstairs in his music room and he played each of his songs on his keyboards while I played one instrument or another, on each song. Taz wanted to scope out what each of those instruments would sound like before going into the studio to record.

We played for several hours and the whole time his dog, can't remember his name, sat at his feet and growled at me. That dog did not like my fiddle or harmonica one bit! Taz loved that dog and took him with him everywhere he went. If you saw Taz pull up, you saw his dog. If you went for a ride with Taz, the seat you sat in was normally the dog's seat, and that dog would sit right next to you and growl real low and deep in your ear until Taz would make him quit. Any thought of Taz, is immediately followed by thoughts of his dog, and I know that Taz is smiling right now in Heaven knowing I said that, which makes me smile ... through my tears. Love you Taz, rest in peace brother."

Bronson Herrmuth

Bronson talked with Taz a while back, sharing who he felt the pioneers of southern rock music are
in Segment 4.  In Segment 5 he shared some tips for musicians and songwriters on what it takes to be
successful in the music industry. Listen to these two interview segments between Bronson and Taz -
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Charting the #3 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1979, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia", still remains a 
popular song today and receives regular airplay on radio stations. Bob Holland, of The Georgia Music Channel, is proud to say, "it's been on our radio station's playlist and will be there until people quit liking it, which most likely will be never.  It's such a great song. Taz and The Charlie Daniels Band has made a tremendous contribution to Georgia music and we're all thankful to them for that.  We'll all miss Taz and all that he represented. One thing's for sure.....there's one heck of band in heaven right now."

The band's country and southern rock sound kept producing hits like "The South's Gonna Do It Again", "Long Haired Country Boy" and so many others - but none as great as the co-written song by Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia".
Taz's was a great musician and person. His music will live on forever.

Charlie Daniels Band With Taz DiGregorio Performs
"The South's Gonna Do It (Again)"
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