Charlie Daniels Band To Star In ESPN Monday Night Football

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The grand-daddy of all country music, Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band will be in the staring role next week when ESPN premiers its Monday Night Football opener.  Peyton Manning and the Broncos travel to Atlanta to face Matt Ryan and the Falcons on Monday September 17.  The open will features Daniel’s hit song The Devil Went Down to Georgia.  Daniels recorded new lyrics for the song this week at Twin Pines Studio in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., that highlight the MNF matchup and both teams’ star quarterbacks.  Daniels told ESPN:  “I’ve been watching Monday Night Football since it started and to be a part of it kind of makes me feel proud. I had to watch the lyrics real close because I’ve done those same Devil Went Down To Georgia lyrics for 33 years.”  “We’re excited to be in Atlanta this week for Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ first road game of the season, and to kick off the telecast with Charlie Daniels’ iconic song seemed like a perfect fit,” said ESPN’s MNF producer Jay Rothman.  “This is one of the fun things about having a new themed open each week. It gives us a blank canvas to be creative and incorporate athletes, celebrities, musicians and others depending on the storylines of the game. We hope fans like it.”

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