The Charlie Daniels Band

The Charlie Daniels Band

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The Charlie Daniels Band was formed in 1970, with Charlie Daniels joined by Barry Barnes (guitar), Mark Fitzgerald (bass), Fred Edwards and Gary Allen (drums), and Taz DiGregorio (keyboards). They started recording southern rock-styled albums for Kama Sutra. Although a multi-instrumentalist, Daniels was a limited vocalist, but his voice was well suited to the talking-style "Uneasy Rider", which reached the US Top 10 in 1973. He followed it with his anthem for southern rock, "The South's Gonna Do It". In 1974, Daniels had members of The Marshall Tucker Band and The Allman Brothers Band join him onstage in Nashville. It was so successful that he decided to make his so-called Volunteer Jam an annual event. It led to some unlikely combinations of artists such as James Brown performing with Roy Acuff, and the stylistic mergers have included Crystal Gayle singing the blues with the Charlie Daniels Band.

The Charlie Daniels Band underwent some personnel changes on 1975's Nightrider, with Tom Crain, Charlie Hayward and Don Murray (3) replacing Barnes, Fitzgerald and Allen respectively. When Daniels moved to Epic in 1976, there was a concerted effort to turn the band into a major concert attraction, despite the fact that at 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 20 stone Daniels was no teenage idol: he hid his face under an oversized cowboy hat. The albums sold well, and in 1979, when recording his Million Mile Reflections album, he recalled a 20s poem, "The Mountain Whipporwill", by Stephen Vincent Benet. The band developed this into "The Devil Went Down To Georgia", in which Johnny outplays the Devil to win a gold fiddle. Daniels overdubbed his fiddle seven times to create an atmospheric recording that topped the US country charts and reached number 3 in the US pop charts. It was also a UK Top 20 success.

In 1980 the band recorded "In America" for the hostages in Iran, and then in 1982, "Still In Saigon" , about Vietnam. The band were featured on the soundtrack for Urban Cowboy and also recorded the theme for the Burt Reynolds movie Stroker Ace. The 13th Volunteer Jam was held in 1987, but financial and time constraints meant the event was put on temporary hiatus (it resumed four years later). In the late 80s Daniels appeared in the movie Lone Star Kid and published a book of short stories, but continued touring and playing his southern boogie to adoring audiences.

During the 90s Daniels updated "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" with Johnny Cash and continued in his politically incorrect way - in simple language, he advocates both lynching and red-baiting; not a man to stand next to at the bar. He signed a new recording contract with Liberty in 1993, but also targeted the white gospel market through a deal with Sparrow Records. The albums The Door and Steel Witness earned Daniels several awards from the Christian recording community. In 1997 Daniels inaugurated his own Blue Hat Records and also released his first children's album, By The Light Of The Moon: Campfire Songs & Cowboy Tunes, on the Sony Wonder label. Two years later he took his Volunteer Jam event on the road for the first time.
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The Charlie Daniels Band Discography Tracks

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The Charlie Daniels Band Fire On The Mountain (Album, EP) Kama Sutra Canada 1974 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Way Down Yonder (Album) Kama Sutra France 1974 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Nightrider (Album) Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra UK 1975 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Saddle Tramp (Album) Epic US 1976 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band High Lonesome (Album) Epic US 1976 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Midnight Wind (Album) Epic Canada 1977 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Volunteer Jam III And IV (Comp, Album) Epic Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
AS407 The Charlie Daniels Band Live(LP, Album, Promo) Epic AS407 US 1978 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Million Mile Reflections (Album) Epic Japan 1979 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band The Charlie Daniels Band Live Epic US 1980 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Volunteer Jam VI (Album) Epic UK 1980 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Full Moon (Album) Epic US 1980 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Volunteer Jam Vll (Album) Epic Greece 1981 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Windows (Album) Epic US 1982 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Me And The Boys (Album) Epic US 1985 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Powder Keg (Album) Epic US 1987 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Homesick Heroes (Album) Epic US 1988 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Simple Man (Album) Epic Europe 1989 Sell This Version
467509 2 The Charlie Daniels Band The Best Of - Vol.1(CD) Epic 467509 2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
BT 21047 The Charlie Daniels Band Roarin'(Cass, Album) Sony Music Special Products BT 21047 US 1993 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Blues Hat (Album) Blue Hat Records US 1997 Sell This Version
BLH-9703-2 The Charlie Daniels Band Fiddle Fire(CD, Album) Blue Hat Records BLH-9703-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Tailgate Party (Album) Blue Hat Records US 1999 Sell This Version
BLH-9711-2 The Charlie Daniels Band Road Dogs(CD, Album) Blue Hat Records BLH-9711-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
The Charlie Daniels Band Live! (Single, Album) Blue Hat Records, Audium Records US 2001 Sell This Version