Off The Grid / Doin’ It Dylan - The Charlie Daniels Band
The combination of Bob Dylan and Charlie Daniels isn’t anything new. When Daniels was an up-and-coming studio musician in Tennessee during 1969 and 1970, he played electric bass on three Dylan albums. Daniels has always had an admiration for Dylan and his songwriting genius, and this collection does great justice to ten of his greatest songs.
While keeping the feel of Dylan’s folk rock roots, Daniels weaves these compositions into new, refreshed threads that fit him extremely well. His outlaw country attitude in songs like “Tangled Up In Blue” and “Country Pie,” and his gritty blues work on “Gotta Serve Somebody,” are just a few songs that make this seem like a set of Daniels originals. We get barn dance versions of “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)” and some straight country flavor in “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” and “Just Like A Woman,” but I think it’s the spirituality of “I Shall Be Released” and the revolutionary sound of “Times They Are A-Changin’” that really give the greatest nod to Dylan’s legacy. And, of course, we get Daniels signature fiddle throughout these songs, along with masterful performances from Chris Wormer on slide guitar and Casey Wood on harmonium.
I think Charlie Daniels was faced with a great challenge when he took on the task of recreating Dylan’s work. Dylan is an artist that cements a certain attitude and personality into each of his songs, and I think keeping that integrity is very difficult when you aren’t necessarily from the same genre. But, Charlie Daniels has always been an artist with a feel for giving songs the right direction. He ends up following his heart on these songs, which leads him directly to the soul of the Dylan legacy.