Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Charlie Daniels Band: Off the Grid: Doin it Dylan *** out of five

Charlie Daniels played session guitar player for Bob Dylan in 1969 and 1970 and went on to build a solid career influencing both Southern Rock and modern country. Dylan has always championed country music and incorporated the influence into his own music, most notably on his 1969 album Nashville Skyline. Daniels reworks ten Dylan classics into some delightful ramshackle country.  The sound flows nicely on tunes like "I'll be Your Baby Tonight" and "Country Pie," and "Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)." All perfectly suit Daniel's twangy style.  On others like "Tangled Up in Blue" and "Just Like a Woman" the arrangements are a bit repetitive, but Daniels enthusiastic vocals carry the day.  Overall, the collection is laid back and without pretension. That's a good thing.