Charlie Daniels Band, The

Also known as C.D.B., CDB, The, Charlie Daniels, Charlie Daniels Band, Charly Daniels Band
Members of Charlie Daniels Band, The: Barry Barnes, Bruce Ray Brown, Charlie Daniels, Charlie Hayward, Chris Wormer, Don Murray (3), Fred Edwards, Gary Allen, Jack Gavin, James W. Marshall, Mark Fitzgerald, Pat McDonald, Taz DiGregorio, Tom Crain
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.charliedaniels.com/

Discography of Charlie Daniels Band, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Million Mile Reflections 9 Audio 1979 Epic
2 Full Moon 9 Audio 1980 Epic
3 Fire On The Mountain 9 Audio 1974 Kama Sutra
4 The Devil Went Down To Georgia 2 Audio 1979 Epic
5 Simple Man 10 Audio 1989 Epic
6 Midnight Wind 10 Audio 1977 Epic
7 Me And The Boys 10 Audio 1985 Epic
8 Powder Keg 10 Audio 1987 Epic
9 High Lonesome 9 Audio 1976 Epic
10 Saddle Tramp 7 Audio 1976 Epic
11 Fire On The Mountain 9 Audio 1979 Epic
12 Fire On The Mountain 9 Audio 1980 Embassy
13 Nightrider 9 Audio 1975 Kama Sutra
14 Windows 10 Audio 1982 Epic
15 Volunteer Jam Vll 9 Audio 1981 Epic
16 Redneck Fiddlin' Man 12 Audio 2002 Blue Hat Records
17 A Decade Of Hits 10 Audio 1987 Epic
18 Whiskey 8 Audio 1977 Epic
19 Live! 18 Audio 2001 Blue Hat Records
20 Passing Lane / Mississippi 2 Audio 1979 Epic
21 Sweet Louisiana / Trudy 2 Audio 1978 Epic
22 Ragin' Cajun / The Universal Hand 2 Audio 1982 Epic
23 In America 2 Audio 1980 Epic
24 Still In Saigon / Blowing Along With The Wind 2 Audio 1982 Epic
25 Million Mile Reflections 9 Audio 1979 Epic
26 The Devil Went Down To Georgia / Uneasy Rider 2 Audio
27 Jitterbug 2 Audio 1979-11-23 Epic
28 The Legend Of Wooley Swamp / Money 2 Audio 1980 Epic
29 A Decade Of Hits 10 Audio 1983 Epic
30 Windows 10 Audio 1982 Epic
31 Windows 10 Audio 1992 Epic
32 The Devil Went Down To Georgia / Uneasy Rider 2 Audio 1979 Epic
33 Saddle Tramp 7 Audio 1976 Epic
34 The Devil Went Down To Georgia 2 Audio 1979-09-31 Epic
35 Way Down Yonder 8 Audio 1974 Kama Sutra
36 Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues 4 Audio 1988 Epic
37 Simple Man 10 Audio 1989 Epic
38 Full Moon 9 Audio 1980 Epic
39 Volunteer Jam 3 Audio 1975 Kama Sutra
40 Powder Keg 10 Audio 1987 Epic
41 Fire On The Mountain 9 Audio 1974 Kama Sutra
42 In America 2 Audio 1980
43 Nightrider 9 Audio 1975 Epic
44 Fire On The Mountain 9 Audio 1976 Epic
45 The Legend Of Wooley Swamp 2 Audio 1980 Epic
46 Wichita Jail 2 Audio 1976 Epic
47 Million Mile Reflections 11 Audio 1979 Epic
48 Travelin' Band 10 Audio CBS Special Products
49 The Devil Went Down To Georgia 2 Audio 1988 Old Gold (2)
50 Night Rider 13 Audio 1975 Kama Sutra


The Charlie Daniels Band was formed in 1970, with [a=Charlie Daniels] joined by [a=Barry Barnes] (guitar), [a=Mark Fitzgerald] (bass), [a=Fred Edwards] and [a=Gary Allen] (drums), and [a=Taz DiGregorio] (keyboards). They started recording southern rock-styled albums for [l=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 [a=Marshall Tucker Band, The] and [a=Allman Brothers Band, The] 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 [a=James Brown] performing with [a=Roy Acuff], and the stylistic mergers have included [a=Crystal Gayle] singing the blues with the Charlie Daniels Band.

The Charlie Daniels Band underwent some personnel changes on 1975's Nightrider, with [a=Tom Crain], [a=Charlie Hayward] and [a=Don Murray (3)] replacing Barnes, Fitzgerald and Allen respectively. When Daniels moved to [l=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 [a=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 [l=Liberty] in 1993, but also targeted the white gospel market through a deal with [l=Sparrow Records]. The albums The Door and Steel Witness earned Daniels several awards from the Christian recording community. In 1997 Daniels inaugurated his own [l=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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