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Memories, Memoirs & Miles

Charlie Daniels


 2017 - CDC Records.  For sixty years, Charlie Daniels has entertained us with a wide variety of songs.  To coincide with his autobiography Never Look At The Empty Seats—A Memoir, Charlie releases this latest work.  This album features new renditions of some of his most notorious songs including “The South’s Gonna Do It (Again),” “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp,” and “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye.”  He also includes two bonus tracks with new renditions of “Long Haired Country Boy” where he gains the help from Hal Ketchum and John Berry; and “Still In Saigon.”  This compelling album opens with “Keep On The Sunny Side,” performed in a live-in-studio mentality that captures conversations that Mr. Daniels has with fellow musicians Mac Wiseman and Earl Scruggs.  Other songs include “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” “In America,” “Simple Man,” and “Saddle Tramp.”  Charlie pays tribute to America’s greatest heroes—the soldiers in his new rendition of “Let ’Em Win or Bring ’Em Home.”  Daniels surrounds himself with the best musicians and it well demonstrated in a beautiful instrumental called “Jaguar.”  He also highlights his band’s versatility in a live version of “Saddle Tramp.”  Nonetheless it is his song “Uneasy Rider” that rises to the forefront of this album with it’s captivating and charming story that rides an alluring melody.  This song will hit our list of Top Songs of 2018, while earning a nomination in the Spirit Award’s Song of The Year Award. Perhaps the most gratifying portion of this project is Mr. Daniel’s mentality through out each song.  Each song is performed in a light hearted, easy going; no strings attached mentality while it creates hours of pure enjoyment.  This is most definitely one album that is a must have in any country music or classic rock collection! $$$$$


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