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Devil Wins Judgment Appeal; Gets Soul of Georgia Fiddle Player

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The devilAfter 21 years and 12 appeals, the devil (aka Satan, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, El Diablo, etc.) has won his long court battle with Georgia fiddle player, Johnny.

The dispute began in 1979 when the devil passed through Georgia while looking for a soul to steal. He came across the fiddle playing Johnny and offered a proposition. According to court documents, the devil, from atop a hickory stump, offered a golden fiddle against Johnny’s soul in a contest of fiddle playing prowess. Each performed a scorching fiddle solo, and it was then accepted that Johnny had won the duel because the devil bowed his head and placed his golden fiddle at Johnny’s feet.

The devil, however, has always maintained that his bowed head and placement of the golden fiddle at Johnny’s feet was simply a taunt – not a concession, as Johnny has steadfastly maintained.

The devil, furious with the ruling, has been appealing the verdict ever since. All previous appeals took place in Georgia where the contest occurred. The devil and his legal team have long maintained that bias exists toward him in Georgia, and was finally granted a change of venue for this appeal. Yesterday’s ruling here in LaCucaracha seems to validate the devil’s claims.

Critics have long maintained that the devil’s solo was better than Johnny’s. Said Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, "the devil’s subtle blending of country swing, old-school blues and straight rock n’ roll put Johnny’s fiddlin’ to shame. Throw in the demon band’s meaty bass line and rippling drum beat and it’s a no-brainer. The start of the solo – that screeching, controlled chaos that literally had fire coming out of the devil’s fingertips – recalls psychedelic rock and has been an influence on some of the sounds you hear today coming from death metal bands like Cradle of Filth."

But it wasn’t only critics that felt this way. Even members of Johnny’s family, and many of his friends, have said, off the record, that Johnny didn’t really win the contest that fateful day in Georgia. A cousin, who wished to remain anonymous, had this to say, "Look, Johnny has serious chops, don’t get me wrong. But, man, just listen to the devil on that bit. I don’t want to sound like a cliché, but it was wicked."

The devil had no comment after the new verdict as he was busy making arrangements to retrieve not only his golden fiddle, but Johnny’s soul as well.

Before giving his soul to the devil, Johnny told onlookers, "My name’s Johnny. And regardless of today’s findings, I’d take that bet again ‘cos I’m still the best that’s ever been." When asked to clarify, Johnny replied, "I done told you once, you son of a gun, I’m the best that’s ever been!"

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