Contact Us

Tommy Crain, Longtime Charlie Daniels Band Member, Dies at 59

Tommy Crain
Courtesy of MySpace

Tommy Crain, former Charlie Daniels Band guitarist and Grammy Award-winning co-writer of the hit ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia,’ died on Thursday, Jan. 13, at age 59. Crain passed away in his Williamson County, Tenn. home, only three days before his 60th birthday.

“Tommy Crain will always be a part of the CDB family, and his music will always be a part of the CDB sound,” Daniels says in a statement. “We have lost a good friend, and the world has lost a unique, creative and precious human being. We send our deepest condolences to the family of our brother … You were special, buddy. We’re going to miss you.”

Crain, a native of Nashville, was born on Jan. 16, 1951, to Tom and Helen Crain. He began playing piano at age 6, eventually learning guitar and banjo. The musician first joined the Charlie Daniels Band in 1975 and worked with them for 15 years, after which he left to pursue other interests and focus on his family. Most recently, Crain was frontman of the band Tommy Crain and the Crosstown Allstars.

While service details have not yet been announced, donations in tribute to Crain can be made to Nashville’s Musicians On Call, located at 1313 21st Ave., Oxford House, Ste. 1002, Nashville, TN 37232.

Watch the Charlie Daniels Band Perform ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Taste of Country

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Taste of Country quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!