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Joel “Taz” DiGregorio, longtime keyboard player and vocalist for The Charlie Daniels Band, was killed in a car accident on Wednesday night in Cheatham County, according to a release from Daniels.

DiGregorio died as a result of injuries he sustained in the single-car accident on Interstate 40 west of Nashville while driving to meet the CDB. The band had been scheduled to depart for the Cumming Country Fair and Festival today in Cumming, Ga.

“I am in shock now, Taz was one of my best friends,” said Charlie Daniels in a release. “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 Charlie Daniels Band has canceled their concerts for tonight in Cumming, Ga., and Saturday in Waterbury, Conn.

From Southbridge, Mass., Taz was an original member of the CDB for over 40 years and a co-writer on many CDB songs, including “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.