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CDB keyboardist Taz DiGregorio killed in auto mishap

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Joel Taz DiGregorio, 67, longtime keyboard player and vocalist for The Charlie Daniels Band, died Wednesday night as a result of injuries he sustained in a single car accident on Interstate 40 in Cheatham County.

DiGregorio was reportedly driving to meet the CDB tour bus for at trip to Cumming, Ga., for a concert appearance at the Cumming Country Fair and Festival Oct. 13.

I am in shock now, Taz was one of my best friends, said Wilson County resident Charlie Daniels via a release on the CDB website.

The CDB family has lost a great friend and musician. We traveled many miles together and shared so many nights on the road. Were going to miss you buddy. You were one of a kind and will never be forgotten. We send our deepest condolences to the family.

Born in Worchester, Mass, DiGregorio was member of the CDB for more than 40 years and was a co-writer of the bands mega-hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia. He and Daniels were the only two remaining members of the original Charlie Daniels Band.

The CDB cancelled concerts scheduled for Oct. 13 in Georgia and Saturday, Oct. 15 in Waterbury, Conn.

DiGregorio is the second member of the CDB to pass this year. In January, the bands guitar player, Tommy Crain, died at the age of 59 at his Franklin home.

No funeral arrangements for had been announced by press time.

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