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Watch Mark O'Connor challenge Charlie Daniels in 'The Devil Comes Back to Georgia' feat. Johnny Cash / Wide Open Country

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The Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" represents more than a welcome change of pace on classic rock radio. It's also a modern answer to old folk tales and to the fiddle tunes that predate commercial recordings. These strong historic roots resounded with a broad audience, making the 1979 hit a globally-known benchmark for contemporary country music and Southern rock.

In 1993, fiddler Mark O'Connor shared what happened when the devil took up the offer for a rematch with "The Devil Comes Back to Georgia" and its music video. O'Connor, playing the familiar tune as a duet with Daniels, pulled out all stops with guest vocalists. Filling Daniels' storyteller role is none other than Johnny Cash. Marty Stuart plays a grown-up version of Johnny– a little out of practice, but still sure of his God-given talent. Rounding out the cast is Travis Tritt, hogging all the fun as the Devil.  Although the song doesn't conclusively state if Johnny was still "the best there's ever been," we at least know that he's giving his adversary a pretty thorough lashing by video's end.

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