Nickelback's New Version of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" Is Way Better Than It Should Be
Published Aug 14, 2020After teasing it all week, Alberta-bred hard rockers Nickelback have delivered their long-awaited cover of the Charlie Daniels Band's country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."
The song sees the 'back collaborating with Vancouver fusion guitarist Dave Martone, and it's really far better than it has any right to be. Rather than his divisive grunty singing, Chad Kroeger takes a half-spoken approach to the song that pairs nicely with the guitars, which absolutely shred the shit out of the entire song.
Here's what Kroeger had to say about the cover:
Charlie Daniels seamlessly fused country, southern rock, Western swing, blues and bluegrass into a sound and style all his own. More importantly, his ability to tell compelling and relatable stories through his songwriting has stuck with me to this day. None more so than "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." I was only five years old when that song came out and it remains one of my all-time favourites. A few years ago we recorded a rough take during a studio session with our good friend Dave Martone. It was a fun song to tackle and brought back so many good memories for us all. When Charlie passed last month, the world lost a music icon. I hope our version will bring half as much joy as his did for me and so many others.
Listen to Nickelback take on "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" below. How it compares to Korn's version with Yelawolf is up to you.