29 November 2013

29th November - The Charlie Daniels Band's Fire on the Mountain

Artist – Album: The Charlie Daniels Band – Fire on the Mountain
Released: 29th November 1974
Sounds Like: A little bit country, a little rock and roll.


I have to say, redneck country rock would never have been my first choice to soundtrack a boozy weekend in Scotland with the lads. Shows how much I know about redneck country rock. Fire on the Mountain is full of quality jam-orientated blues-rock, covering the range from up-tempo rockers like ‘Caballo Diablo’ and the fantastic ‘Trudy’ to loose ballads such as ‘Georgia’. Its music that gets your gussie up, music that makes you want to get tanked up on moonshine and wrestle ‘gators.

I don’t know much about Charlie Daniels’ backstory – apparently he’s a fundamental Christian, all for vigilantism and the war on terror, and dead set against abortion and the theory of evolution (ain’t they all?!) – but this album at least is a worthy addition to the tradition of Southern rockers such as ZZ Top and The Allman Brothers.

Albumaday... rating: 7/10

1.       Caballo Diablo – 4:28
2.       Long Haired Country Boy – 4:03
3.       Trudy – 4:51
4.       Georgia – 3:06
5.       Feeling Free – 4:10
6.       The South’s Gonna Do It – 4:00
7.       New York City, King Size Rosewood Bed – 3:26
8.       No Place to Go – 11:24
9.       Orange Blossom Special – 3:00

Listen to ‘Trudy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBlstHesDzQ

Also released on the 29th November:
1994: Nick Lowe – The Impossible Bird

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