Road Dogs

Road Dogs

by Charlie Daniels
     
 

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TAILGATE PARTY (1999) was a searing return to form for the Charlie Daniels Band. ROAD DOGS ups the temperature to white-hot levels. Multiple guitars wailing and protesting, a powerhouse rhythm section driving the attack, scintillating dynamics, and rousing vocals from Charlie himself are the elements that power this southern rock…  See more details below

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TAILGATE PARTY (1999) was a searing return to form for the Charlie Daniels Band. ROAD DOGS ups the temperature to white-hot levels. Multiple guitars wailing and protesting, a powerhouse rhythm section driving the attack, scintillating dynamics, and rousing vocals from Charlie himself are the elements that power this southern rock juggernaut. Typical of Daniels, this collection of songs has boogie to burn, but also some social commentary for an added edge. The hard-rocking title track laments the hardships of life on the road -- where the CDB spend a good amount of their time -- while acknowledging it as a source of inspiration that keeps the musicians luxuriating in its grip. "Ain't No Law in California" is inspired by Daniels's outrage over the verdict in O. J. Simpson's criminal case and the assault on an innocent Reginald Denny after the Simi Valley verdict acquitting the cops who beat up Rodney King. The sinister atmosphere of "The Martyr" evokes the terror of the Jonesboro and Littleton school shootings by describing the final moments of a young girl shot after telling her killers she believed in God. On the other hand, the tender "How Much I Love You" features Charlie in cuddly mode, declaring his love for his wife of 36 years. "Sail Away," the final cut, is Charlie's statement of purpose, a bluesy assertion of the road's enduring lure, and a heartfelt appreciation of the warriors (Stevie Ray Vaughan is mentioned) who have traveled it with him. "The music is my mission," he sings. Let's hope it remains so, because the ride's been an interesting one so far. David McGee

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
Not since Fire on the Mountain has the Charlie Daniels Band delivered a record so emotionally charged with screaming guitars and real, honest to goodness Southern-style rock & roll. From the opening chords of the ultimate rock-band-on-the-road tune, "Road Dogs," it is obvious that this release is neither a straight gospel recording like Steel Witness nor a country flavored album like Same Old Me. This is Charlie's hottest rocking recording in many years and a breath of clear, fresh air. Not that there was anything wrong with his previous endeavors. Each had its own set of high points and bits of musical genius, but Road Dogs rocks. "Ain't No Law in California" is an especially memorable rebel yell of a song, with Charlie belting out "Welcome to the wild wild west." "Sidewinder" is more than a little reminiscent of the very best Allman Brothers Band instrumental, featuring triple-lead guitars, overlapping in smooth, tight harmony with all the flavor of a Mexicalli road trip. At the age of 63, Charlie Daniels has returned to his Southern rock roots and sounds as good as ever. This is one old road dog who isn't even considering curling up on the porch and letting life pass him by. He's rockin,' but it's not in a rocking chair, it's behind a Gibson guitar.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2000
Label:
Blue Hat Records
UPC:
0659877971120
catalogNumber:
9711

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Performance Credits

Charlie Daniels   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
Carolyn Corlew   Background Vocals
David Davidson   Violin
Joel "Taz" DiGregorio   Keyboards,Vocals
Kathryn Plummer   Viola
Charlie Hayward   Bass
Chris Wormer   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Pat McDonald   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Charlie Daniels   Producer
Patrick Kelly   Producer,Engineer
David Corlew   Executive Producer
Chris Wormer   String Arrangements

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