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Songs from the Longleaf Pines
     

Songs from the Longleaf Pines

by Charlie Daniels
 
Putting his faith where his heart is and revisiting his deepest musical roots, road dog Charlie Daniels turns reflective on his first gospel album. As in all of his musical endeavors, Daniels brings conviction and spirited playing to the bluegrass-based Songs from the Longleaf Pines. The songbook includes a couple of A. P. Carter

Overview

Putting his faith where his heart is and revisiting his deepest musical roots, road dog Charlie Daniels turns reflective on his first gospel album. As in all of his musical endeavors, Daniels brings conviction and spirited playing to the bluegrass-based Songs from the Longleaf Pines. The songbook includes a couple of A. P. Carter monuments -- a high-flying country blues rendering of "Working on a Building" and a toe-tapping workout on "Keep on the Sunnyside," featuring Mac Wiseman and Earl Scruggs -- as well as a deep country reading of two gospel standards: "Softly and Tenderly," featuring haunting harmonies from Cyndi Wheeler, and "How Great Thou Art," given a rustic, backcountry treatment with beautiful harmonies from the Whites. A couple of Bill Monroe gems bookend the collection: the fiddle-fired "Walking to Jerusalem (Just Like John)" and the eerie meditation "What Would You Give (In Exchange for Your Soul)." Daniels is joined by Ricky Skaggs on vocals on the celebratory "Preachin', Prayin', Singin'" and by Nickel Creek mandolinist Chris Thile, who shapes some impressionistic, Vince Guaraldi–like lines to accompany Daniels's recitation of the 91st Psalm and quietly picks out a somber, classical-influenced melody to accompany a dialogue of faith between Daniels and Wiseman, centered on a recitation of the 23rd Psalm. Backed by the GrooveGrass Boyz throughout, Daniels is fully invested in this material, making a Statement with a capital S and defying nonbelievers to remain unmoved by the force of his witnessing.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Songs from the Longleaf Pines is Charlie Daniels' tribute to bluegrass-gospel -- a tribute album that covers two rarely touched-upon aspects of Daniels' music. He's recorded bluegrass numbers before, and his music certainly has been informed by it, but he's never done a full-fledged bluegrass record before and, apart from a low-budget collection in the early 2000s, he's never done an all-out gospel record. So, this is a first, which would be noteworthy in of itself, but the truly remarkable thing about Songs from the Longleaf Pines is that it's a lively, passionate, invigorating record that's his best album in quite some time. What makes the album such fun is that it captures a peerless musician playing with a peerless supporting group, including such stalwarts as Earl Scruggs, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, and Chris Thile. They have a natural, easy chemistry that's apparent on such sweet, slow numbers as "Softly and Tenderly," but truly comes to life on the breakneck jams that dominate this album. This is a band of veterans playing with a natural, offhand virtuosity that's all the more exciting for being easy and familiar. Perhaps this isn't the flashiest album Daniels has cut, or the rowdiest, but its low-key, modest charms make this a minor gem in his catalog.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Blue Hat Records
UPC:
0684038982325
catalogNumber:
9823

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Daniels   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Earl Scruggs   Banjo,Guest Appearance
Ricky Skaggs   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mac Wiseman   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Whites   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mike Bub   Bass
Timothy May   Guitar
Rob McCoury   Banjo
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Scott Rouse   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Cyndi Wheeler   Vocals
Andy Hall   Dobro
Jason Carter   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
John Bruce   Cover Painting
A.P. Carter   Composer
Charlie Daniels   Arranger
Brent King   Engineer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
Chris Thile   Composer
David Corlew   Executive Producer,Management
Paula Szeigis   Art Direction
BeBe Evans   Executive Producer
Garrett Rittenberry   Art Direction
Scott Rouse   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Patrick Barber   Engineer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Stuart K. Hine   Composer
Angela Gresham Wheeler   Art Direction
E.C. McCarty   Composer

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