Nightrider

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Charlie Daniels found his sound on 1974's Fire on the Mountain, but with its 1975 follow-up, Nightrider, he found the definitive lineup of the Charlie Daniels Band and, with it, crystallized the group's sound and entered into his golden era. Guitarist Barry Barnes and drummer Gary Allen are replaced by Tom Crain and Don Murray, respectively, and the result is a band that sounds fuller and more adventurous than before, capable of following all the paths that the country and blues-rock fusion on Fire on the Mountain suggested. As such, Nightrider focuses much more on the playing as opposed to the songs -- which is kind of ironic, considering that this brought ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Charlie Daniels found his sound on 1974's Fire on the Mountain, but with its 1975 follow-up, Nightrider, he found the definitive lineup of the Charlie Daniels Band and, with it, crystallized the group's sound and entered into his golden era. Guitarist Barry Barnes and drummer Gary Allen are replaced by Tom Crain and Don Murray, respectively, and the result is a band that sounds fuller and more adventurous than before, capable of following all the paths that the country and blues-rock fusion on Fire on the Mountain suggested. As such, Nightrider focuses much more on the playing as opposed to the songs -- which is kind of ironic, considering that this brought Daniels his first big hit in "Texas." Then again, the jamming, while heavy, never overwhelms the songs. In fact, it enhances the songs, opening them up to new vistas in how rock, blues, hillbilly country, and bluegrass sit next to each other, and when the group just lays back and plays, there's the kinetic excitement of hearing these musicians learn how they interact together. Fire on the Mountain remains the Charlie Daniels Band's classic album, but this damn fine album comes in as a close second.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972493428
  • Catalog Number: 724934
  • Sales rank: 43,576

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Charlie Daniels Band Primary Artist, Track Performer
Charlie Daniels Indexed Contributor, Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Toy Caldwell Guitar, Steel Guitar
Tom Crain Guitar, Vocals
Joel "Taz" DiGregorio Keyboards, Vocals
Fred Edwards Drums
Paul Hornsby Keyboards
Jaimoe Johnson Conga, Drums
Charlie Hayward Bass
Don Murray Drums
Jai Johanny "Jaimoe Jai Johanny" Johansen Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Composer
Jeff Lynne Composer
Paul Hornsby Producer
Kalifornia Kurt Kinzel Engineer, Remixing
Al Quaglieri Reissue Producer
Vic Anesini Mastering
James Flournoy Holmes Illustrations
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