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Ex-CDB guitarist dies

Friday, January 14, 2011 – Former Charlie Daniels Band guitarist Tommy Crain, 59, died Jan. 13.

Crain joined The Charlie Daniels Band in 1975. He joined The CDB for a 15-year run, playing on more than 20 albums and co-writing more than 60 songs with the group, including the Grammy Award-winning song, The Devil Went Down To Georgia.

In 1989, Crain left The CDB to help his wife raise their daughter, Ann, and assist in Melissa's career of equestrian endurance riding, which became a passion of Crain's. He was employed by Rogers Remodeling of Franklin, Tenn., Southbound Trains of Franklin and was the leader of Tommy Crain and the Crosstown Allstars of Atlanta.

Crain attended Parmer School and Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. He began piano lessons when he was six years old, learned how to play the ukulele in the sixth grade and won a talent contest in grammar school. He went on to master all stringed instruments, including guitar, banjo and the pedal steel. He played in various local bands in Nashville, the most well known being Flat Creek Band, in which his brother Billy also played guitar. Crain was a member of Buckeye when they opened for The Charlie Daniels Band at the first Volunteer Jam in 1974.

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