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Music Storytellers - CHARLIE DANIELS
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1971 Charlie Daniels
1972 Te John, Grease, & Wolfman
1973 Honey in the Rock
1974 Way Down Yonder
1974 Fire on the Mountain
1975 Nightrider
1976 Saddle Tramp
1976 High Lonesome
1977 Midnight Wind
1979 Million Mile Reflections
1980 Full Moon
1982 Windows
1985 Me and the Boys
1987 Powder Keg
1988 Homesick Heroes
1989 Simple Man
1991 Renegade
1993 America, I Believe in You
1994 The Door
1995 Same Ol' Me
1996 Steel Witness
1997 Blues Hat
1997 By the Light of the Moon
1999 Tailgate Party
2000 Road Dogs
2002 How Sweet the Sound: 25 Favorite Hymns and Gospel Greats
2002 Redneck Fiddlin' Man
2005 Songs From the Longleaf Pines
2007 Deuces
2013 Hits of the South

Charlie Daniels - 

A talented and showy fiddler, Charlie Daniels and his band fuse hardcore country with a hard-edged Southern rock, boogie, and blues. The group -- which has had a rotating cast of musicians over the years -- has always been known for its instrumental dexterity, but Daniels and company were also notorious for their down-home, good-old-boy attitude; in the early '80s, they became a virtual symbol of conservative country values. Daniels and his band experienced the height of their popularity at the end of the '70s and early '80s, but they remained a popular concert attraction well into the '90s.

Daniels was born and raised in North Carolina, playing fiddle and guitar in several bands during his teenage years. At the age of 21, he decided become a professional musician, assembling an instrumental rock & roll combo called the Jaguars. The group landed a recording session for Epic Records in 1959 with Bob Johnson, who would later become Columbia Records' leading folk and country producer. The record didn't receive much attention, but the band continued to play and Daniels continued to write songs. One of his originals, "It Hurts Me," was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1963. By the late '60s, it had become clear that the Jaguars weren't going to hit the big time, so Johnson recommended to Daniels that he move to Nashville to become a session musician. Daniels followed the advice and became one of the most popular fiddlers in Nashville. He played on several Bob Dylan albums -- Nashville SkylineSelf PortraitNew Morning, and Dylan -- as well as Ringo Starr's 1970 record Beaucoups of Blues. He also became part of Leonard Cohen's touring band in the late '60s and produced the YoungbloodsElephant Mountain album around the same time.
Daniels cut an album for Capitol Records in the early '70s that was ignored. In 1972, he formed the Charlie Daniels Band, using the Southern rock of the Allman Brothers as a blueprint. The band was comprised of Daniels (lead guitar, vocals, fiddle), lead guitarist Don Murray, bassist Charlie Hayward, drummer James W. Marshall, and keyboardist Joe DiGregorio. The formula worked, and in 1973 they had a minor hit with "Uneasy Rider," which was released on Kama Sutra Records. In 1974, they released Fire on the Mountain, which became a gold record within months of its release; the album would eventually go platinum. Its successor, 1975's Nightrider, did even better, thanks to the Top 40 country hit "Texas." Saddle Tramp, released in 1976, became his first country Top Ten album, going gold.
Throughout the mid-'70s, the Charlie Daniels Band pursued a Southern rock direction. They were moderately successful, but they never had a breakthrough hit either on the pop or country charts. By the late '70s, Daniels sensed that the audience for Southern rock was evaporating, so he refashioned the band as a more straightforward country band. The change paid off in 1979 when the single "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" became a number one hit, crossing over into the pop charts, where it hit number three. The song was named the Country Music Association's Single of the Year and helped its accompanying album, Million Mile Reflections, become a multi-platinum success.
Daniels wasn't able to follow "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" with another blockbuster single on the country charts but, ironically, he had several rock crossover successes in the years following the success of Million Mile ReflectionsFull Moon (1980) went platinum and Windows (1982) went gold. Although he continued to sell respectably throughout the '80s, he didn't have a big hit until 1989's Simple Man, which went gold. In the '90s, his records failed to chart well, although he remained a popular concert draw, a trend that continued through into the 21st century.
During the first decade of the new millennium, Daniels quietly transitioned from major labels to independents, releasing records on Blue Hat and Audium, garnering some headlines in 2003 with his pro-Iraq War anthem “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag,” a song popular enough to launch a spinoff book Ain’t No Rag. Two years later, Daniels established a long-running relationship with Koch in 2005 with Songs from the Longleaf PinesDaniels’ albums for Koch ran the gamut from bluegrass to bluesy country-rock, punctuated with holiday collections and live records, or thematic compilations like 2010’s patriotic The Land That I Love.Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2007.
| Closed on 07/17/13 at 05:00PM
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10 Fans 
10%a. 10 (Love his music)
30%b. 7-9 (Like most of his stuff)
40%c. 5-6 (Liked a few songs)
10%d. 1-4 (No Interest)
10%e. SUCKS!

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#1 | 490 days ago
Nick__ (+)

The Devil Went Down To Georgia is the only song I know.
1-4 (No Interest)  
#2 | 490 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
The Devil Went Down To Georgia is the only song I know.
Is that the theme from " The Wire?
#3 | 490 days ago
Nick__ (+)

alainpeartree wrote:
Is that the theme from " The Wire?
Don't know?
1-4 (No Interest)  
#4 | 490 days ago

uneasy rider and uneasy rider 88 are fantastic! i loved him in the geico commercial
5-6 (Liked a few songs)  
#5 | 489 days ago

When I was around 21ish I lived with a lady who had an extensive album collection that consisted of the likes of J.J. Cale, Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, Marshall Tucker and so on. Charlie Daniels was an excellent fiddler/songwriter but also was a great guitarist who would twin his licks with the other guitarist in the CDB. A lot like the Allman Brothers Band would. He had a lot of good tunes on his albums that never received airplay that I was lucky enough to give a listen to back then. I guess there's nothing sadder than watching half of a real cool album collection walk out the door.

7-9 (Like most of his stuff)  
#6 | 488 days ago

I liked Devil Went Down to Georgia (actually, thought the Devil's fiddling was better than Johnny's part), but my favorite CDB song is "In America".  I mentioned it back 3-4 years ago and made Kjartan (Norseheathen) listen again.  Here's the link...
7-9 (Like most of his stuff)  

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