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WATCH: Charlie Daniels Crushes ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ with Gretchen Wilson at 2005 Super Bowl

by Emily Morgan
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When Gretchen Wilson shouted out Charlie Daniels in her song, “Redneck Woman,” she had no idea she would get to join him on stage just one year later. 

Fans may remember Gretchen Wilson for her female anthem, “Redneck Woman,” but her Super Bowl performance with Charlie Daniels is one for the books. 

In 2005, the two teamed up for a pregame performance during Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Before Daniels took the stage, Wilson got the crowd excited with her solo performance, “Here for the Party.”

Following the performance, Wilson welcomed one of her favorite country music artists of all time: Charlie Daniels. 

As he took the stage, she introduced him as her “hero” before they delivered a rowdy performance of his signature, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

While Daniels mostly performed the song solo, Wilson was there to deliver vocals when needed. She also started to dance when Daniels cranked out the fiery fiddle portion of the tune. 

This collaboration was a milestone for Wilson’s career. In 2004, she gave a shoutout to Daniels in her debut single, “Redneck Woman.”  

With pride, she pays homage to talented fiddle player, singing, “And I know all the words to every Charlie Daniels song.”

Gretchen Wilson Honors Her Friend Charlie Daniels At Memorial Service

In 2020, her admiration for Daniels shone through when she paid tribute to him after he passed away at 83. 

“I never met a better man than Charlie Daniels,” Wilson wrote in a social media post after he passed away. “He was so inspiring in so many ways. May he Rest In Peace along side his Creator and continue to inspire! “

Wilson and Daniels worked together numerous times after their Super Bowl performance. The pair came together in 2007 for a duet of “Jackson,” which appeared on Daniels album Deuces.

On July 10, 2020, several of Daniels’ friends performed in his honor during his memorial service, which included a performance from Wilson. She delivered an emotional rendition of the gospel standard “I’ll Fly Away.” 

Before her performance, Wilson delivered an emotional anecdote about Daniels, sharing that he was the first person to welcome her to Wilson County, Tennessee, and made her “feel at home.”

“He’s always been someone I can count on,” Wilson said. “I’ve called him on many occasions, just like Storme [Warren] when I needed help… he’s been like a father to me. He was there to hand me my diploma when I received my GED, spoke at my graduation ceremony. He referred me to my financial advisors, he referred me to my medical team and he referred me to Jesus on many occasions and I thank him so much for that.”