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He may be one of the biggest, hottest young superstars in country music, but on Nov. 30, Luke Bryan was awestruck by a country music superstar 40 years his senior — Charlie Daniels.

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Luke was honored to be part of Charlie’s 80th birthday Volunteer Jam in Nashville, along with icons and legends like Kid Rock, Travis Tritt, Chris Stapleton and rock band 3 Doors Down, but for the country boy from Georgia, it was a moment many years ago that he couldn’t shake from his memory.

Backstage in press conferences before the show, Luke first recalled being a teenager watching Charlie perform “Simple Man” in Albany, Georgia, but even earlier than that, he remembered the impact of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and its role in the movie “Urban Cowboy.”

He joked, “Obviously, being a kid from Georgia and wondering why the devil came down here and all that. It kinda scared me as a kid a little bit.”

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Luke also discussed the importance of sharing the stage with the legendary Charlie Daniels.

“Anything that [Charlie Daniels] is a part of I’m just honored to be a part of,” he said. “I’m so just blessed to have gotten to work with Charlie in the past. I’m just excited about tonight.”

And a great night it was.

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