Off The Grid Doin’ - It Dylan (2014)

01 - Tangled Up In Blue
02 - Times They Are A Changin'
03 - I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
04 - Gotta Serve Somebody
05 - I Shall Be Released
06 - Country Pie
07 - Mr. Tambourine Man
08 - Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall
09 - Just Like A Woman
10 - Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)

Charlie, our old pal, godfather of Southern Rock, is at 77 still alive and well, and is back with Bob Dylan covers. Just remember they already have played together more than forty years ago when Charlie Daniels was a young session man guitarist in Nashville, who played on Dylan's Nashville Skyline album. After two or three rehearsals, Bob Dylan required his presence on every song. And he called back Charlie for his two next albums (Self Portrait and New Morning).
Today, Charlie uses Bob Dylan repertoire and brings his own style and arrangements (dobro, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, violins... Charlie can play all these instruments). He adds some drums and some breaks, so at the end you think you listen to a Charlie Daniels album. And that's good!
So, "Tangled Up In Blue" sounds like real Charlie Daniels with its violin and piano solos. It's the same on "Gotta Serve Somebody" arranged in a Southern Funky Soul style with alternative acoustic guitar and dobro solos. And that the same on "Country Pie", a country and funk melting pot in a Mister Charlie way (piano, mandolin, dobros solos). Welcome back to the Nightrider album era. Big feeling, even with thoughts for Tommy Crain and Taz Di Gregorio.
Just note the "Times They are a-changing" cover played with a violin and a mandolin, and the very country "I'll be your Babe Tonight" with dobro and piano solos.
Charlie gives also us a very moving version of "I Shall Be Released" with the harmonica and a melancholic dobro.
"Mr Tambourine Man" is played in a speed country way, played in a mix of violin, piano, mandolin. A great art! I don't talk about the dispensable cover of "Hard Rain Gonna Fall", it's Charlie's own decision, and maybe it's a special event for him.
But it's not the same on "Just Like A Woman" played in a kind of Southern ballad that gives a great effect. At least, "Quinn the Eskimo (the Mighty Queen)" is played in a traditional country way and is very refreshing in Charlie's own style (piano, acoustic guitar, banjo solos).
With this record, the Good Ol' Charlie shows that he is still alive and stays as a major reference in Southern Rock ... and in the music universe world.
Thank you Charlie!
Olivier Aubry

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