CHARLIE DANIELS
Songs From The Longleaf Pines
Titles :

1 - Walking In Jerusalem (Just Like John) / 2 - Preachin', Prayin', Singin' / 3 - I've Found A Hiding Place / 4 - I'm Working On A Building
5 - The 91st Psalm / 6 - Keep On The Sunny Side / 7 - Softy And Tenderly / 8 - The Old Account / 9 - I'll Fly Away / 10 - How Great Thou Art
11 - The 23rd Psalm / 12 - What Would You Give (In Exchange For Your Soul) / 13 - The Old Crossroads
Musicians :

Charlie Daniels - guitar, fiddle & vocals / Andy Hall - dobro / Chris Thile - mandolin / Cyndi Wheeler - vocals / Earl Scruggs - banjo
Jason Carter - fiddle / Mac Wiseman - vocals / Mike Bub - bass / Ricky Skaggs - vocals / Rob McCoury - banjo / Ronnie McCoury - mandolin
Scott Rouse - guitar, harmonica, & vocals / The Whites - vocals / Tim May - guitar
In spring 2005 arrives Charlie Daniels new cd. As soon as I got this record, as I was looking at Charlie proudly standing near a beautiful wooden church, I was afraid to get a bad musical stuff. But no, it seems that Blue Grass and Gospel, banjo, violin, mandolin melting pot is going to give you flowers and fields smells. Charlie has found to great Blue Grass musicians, Earl Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs, and this new record is looking a little bit like 1997 "By the Light of the Moon", with some poems interludes. Two great songs can be chosen for the Charlie Daniels famous swing they can give us, the instrumental "I'll Fly Away" and "The Old Crossroad". Here is a great album that gives us great emotions and that gives us the opportunity to spend a good time.
Jacques Dersigny



CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
AUDIUM RECORDS - AUD-CD-8188
Titles :
My beautiful America / In America / Summer of '68 / Let the freedom ring / The last fallen hero / Freedom and justice for all / American farmer / God bless the mother / Simple man / Still in Saigon / This ain't no rag, It's a flag / (What's this world need is) A few more rednecks / America, I believe in you / Star spangled banner

Musicians :
Charlie Daniels : guitar, fiddle, vocals
Taz DiGregorio : keyboards, vocals
Mark Matejka : guitar, vocals
Chris Wormer : guitar
Charlie Hayward : bass
Pat McDonald : drums


No doubt, Charlie Daniels is certainly one of the hardest working man in the music industry. He's got three albums released this year. "Freedom and justice for all" and his beautiful art cover (eagle and american flag) is a patriotic tribute to America. On a musical point of view, we only have two new songs, "Summer of '68" and "Freedom and justice for all" ; the other songs ("America, I believe you", "In America", "American Farmer" among others) have been re-recorded for the occasion. Here is an album which every fan should get.
Philippe Archambeau



CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
BLUE HAT RECORDS / AUDIUM RECORDS - AUD-CD-8163
Titles :
Iíll be home for Christmas / Have yourself a merry little Christmas / The christmas song / O' little town of Bethlehem / Jesus is the light of the world / Blue Christmas / God bless the mother / Rudolph the red nosed reindeer / Frosty the snowman / What child is this / White Christmas / Itís bad to have the blues (at Christmas time)

Musicians :
Charlie Daniels : vocals, guitar
Taz DiGregorio : keyboards
Charlie Hayward : bass
Bruce Brown : guitar
Mark Matejka : guitar
Pat MacDonald : drums


He's back, and with the rythmn his albums are released, he won't retire real soon. So, here is the third Charlie's album in one year, and of course, as we're getting close to the end of the year, Charlie is playing Father Christmas (that's his second Christmas album). We won't blame him for him to release three albums in a year when some bands need ten years to release one ; even if he often re-records his own tunes on his last releases. I'm not a bog fan of this kind of album bit I have to admit I really loved the songs Charlie signed wrote. "God bless the mother" is a real beauty, but Charlie gives his best when he plays boogie and rock'n roll, with songs such as "Itís bad to have the blues". This album will surely be enjoyed by Charlie's die-hard fans.
Philippe Archambeau



CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
REDNECK FIDDLE' MAN
KOCH RECORDS AUDIUM Ė AUD-CD 8159
Titles :
Rock This Joint / Waco / Little Joe And Big Bill / The Last Fallen Hero / Southern Boy (With Travis Tritt) / High Speed Heroes / Fais Do Do / Muddy Mississipi / Redneck Fiddliní Man / Crosstown Traffic / My Baby Plays Me Just Like A Fiddle / Star Spangled Banner

Musicians :
Charlie Daniels : vocals, fiddle
Taz DiGregorio : piano, B3 organ
Charlie Hayward : bass
Bruce Brown : guitar
Mark Matejka : guitar
Pat MacDonald : drums


With this new album, Charlie Daniels goes back to the roots of his music, the one which comes out hid fiddle, full of dynamic and country-blues rhythmns and atmospheres. Is starts with "Rock this joint" which reminds a lot "The south's gonna do it again". The rock influences which were present on his last album, "Road dogs" seem not to be on this one, maybe because his guitar player Chris Wormer is not playing on this new album. An other typical Charlie's music, "Southern boy", is a reckless country-rock song with Travis Tritt. Then we have, "High speed heroes", which reminds a lot "Simple man" (the Charlie's one). Then, we have country music, and country music with "Fais do do", "My Baby plays me like a Fiddle", and a weird song "Crosstown traffic" which has different atmospheres a,d which sounds sometimes a bit like Carlos Santana. We have a good old rock'n roll with "Muddy Mississipi" and the album finishes with a tribule to Sept 11th, "Star spangled banner". Charlie's fans should be happy with this new album, but rock'n roll fans will maybe be disappointed, who knows ?
John Molet



CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
LIVE
BLUE HAT RECORDS (AUD-CD-8133)
Titles :
Intro / Road Dogs / Caballo Diablo / Wooley Swamp / Simple Man / Sidewinder / Trudy / Still in Saigon / In America / Take The Highway / Elizabeth Reed / Freebird / The South's Gonna Do It (Again) / Long Haired Country Boy / Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye / The Devil Went Down To Georgia

Musicians :
Charlie Daniels : fiddle, guitar, vocals
Joel "Taz" DiGregorio : keyboards, Hammond organ, vocals
Charlie Hayward : bass
Pat McDonald : drums
Chris Wormer : guitar, vocals
Bruce Brown : vocals, guitar
Mark "Sparky" Matejka : vocals, guitar
Jimmie Hall : harp, guest on "The south's gonna do it"


After the very appreciated "Tailgate Party", I expected something better from Charlie Daniels. Even if the sound is pretty good, I don't really appreicate the guitars and the low mixing of the backing vocals. There are great harmonies on song such as "Caballo Diablo" and "Wooley Swamp", but on most of the rest, I'm not sure the speed licks are appropriated to this music. "Simple man" is not a cover of the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd but an orginal nice ballad from 1989.
Three covers, and classic southern rock anthems, are recorded for this album. These are "Take the Hignway" (Marshall Tucker Band), "In memory of Elizabeth Reed" (Allman Brothers Band) and "Freebird" (Lynyrd Skynyrd).I started listening the album with these two songs and I've really been disappointed. I really don't understand why the guitar players play these songs that way.
Jimmy Hall, from Wet Willie, plays harp on "The south's gonna do it". The guitar solo on "Long hair country boy" sounds very country (a la Albert Lee) and is appropriated to the song
Dominique Turgot



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