Cover of Charlie Daniels Band song lands Adam Ezra Group in hot water
Adam Ezra Group
While playing a series of shows in the South last fall, the Adam Ezra Group played a cover of the Charlie Daniels Band classic, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” But in Ezra’s version, a satirical take called “The Devil Came Up to Boston,” the lyrics are different: The kid’s name is Sully, the Devil says “pissah,” and landmarks and locales name-checked include the Garden, the Wang, Mattapan, and Southie. “People were psyched. They freaked out,” said Ezra, the leader of the Boston-based roots rock combo. “So we scheduled a studio session for the week we got back and recorded it.” Last week, the band posted a video for the song, and in just a matter of days it was viewed by 40,000 people. “Which for us, a little indie Boston band, is a big deal,” he said. But someone — perhaps Daniels — complained to YouTube about copyright infringement, and the video was quickly pulled. “We contested it and the video went back up,” said Ezra. For now. The band insists its song is a parody, and should be treated like the countless parodies of, say, Carly Rae Jepsen’s, “Call Me Maybe.” “Maybe we’ll be sued, I don’t know,” said Ezra. “I talked to some friends who are lawyers, but we’re impoverished musicians so the idea of bringing in a lawyer is kind of scary.” In other words, watch “The Devil Came Up to Boston” while you still can.