Joel ‘Taz’ DiGregorio, longtime keyboard player, vocalist and songwriter for The Charlie Daniels Band passed away last night (10/12). He died as a result of injuries sustained in a single-car accident on I-40W in Cheatham County, Tenn. while driving to meet the CDB tour bus.
Hailing from Southbridge, Mass., DiGregorio was an original member of the CDB, and continued with them for over 40 years. He is a co-writer on many CDB songs, including the iconic “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”
“I am in shock now, Taz was one of my best friends,” says Charlie Daniels. “The CDB family has lost a great friend and musician. We traveled many miles together and shared so many nights on the road. We’re going to miss you buddy. You were one of a kind and will never be forgotten. We send our deepest condolences to the family.”
The band was scheduled to depart for a concert in Cumming, GA tonight. The CDB has cancelled that date, as well as the Saturday, Oct. 15 show in Waterbury, CT.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. MusicRow extends condolences to his loved ones.