Charlie Daniels -
Preachin', Prayin', Singin'
Moulton, CSO Staff Journalist
April 25th, 2005 from the Ford Theater in
Charlie Daniels and Friend's
presented a great picture in time with his
The Whites, Earl and Gary and
Randy Scruggs plus the
Del McCoury family. Charlie and Mac
sat on stools and the others wandered in and
out during the show and mostly stand and
across is a real reverent presentation in
black and white with great acoustic, natural
sounding music, most instruments are miked.
Preachin', Prayin', Singin' is
produced by longtime friend, David Corlew.
Another thing, this was recorded a week
after Charlie got back from
Iraq with his band, where the CD/DVD
Live In Iraq was recorded, a great CD
of Charlie still rockin', I could close my
eyes and he and his current band sound just
like the 70s version. Sorry for the
digression, but it's my typewriter.
this presentation , Charlie talks about his
Iraq experience which was a real good DVD,
He tells what the soldiers wanted him to
tell the American people when he got back.
By the Way, if you don't have "Live In
Iraq", just get it too, especially if you
love the CDB. I wish I had this set up I
have now when I reviewed that DVD. I just
oppo digital 980H
DVD player, which is an all disc
player and it up converts, makes stuff sound
better, it does everything , but wash the
dishs. Seriously, it plays CDs, CDrs, SACDs,
DVD audio, can detect HDCD in a CD , it only
cost 169, that's right, now I will shut up
talking about Iraq, Charlie recites the 23rd
psalm. Charlie picks up a guitar finally, he
had already sang about 4
and plays while Mac sings "What Would
You Give In Exchange For Your Soul." With
all of these great singers and players, this
is just good stuff. The whole band is
playing by the time the song is over.
now enters into "The Old Crossroads" on
guitar, playing a nylon stringed Chet Atkins
Gibson. This sounds so good.
takes a short break and talks to
Earl Scruggs, they did a lot together
when Charlie first got to town. On the stage
, they are joined by Randy and Gary Scruggs.
They play "The Salty Dog Blues", Randy plays
great guitar. Then Gary takes off on
his mandolin, next Charlie starts fiddling
away and they lead up to the last break by
Earl on Banjo.
crew of musicians, you'll never find. Mac
Wiseman is back onstage with Earl on banjo,
Jason Carter on Bass, The Scruggs
boys. They do "Keep On
The Sunny Side" which comes off real
good and gives you that Mountain sound.
comes back on stage with
Del McCoury and they do an old time
version of "Uncle Pen" by
Bill Monroe. Charlie is just having a
ball, like he is running a 3 ring circus of
the best players and singers in town... and
Oh yeah, he is! There is something about the
personae of Charlie Daniels, when you are in
his presence, you just get this feeling like
something special is happening and it is. I
admit, when I requested this to review, I
asked if he'd autograph it for me and he
did. Years ago, I thought I'd caught his
e-mail address in a bunch of copied
addresses in an e-mail I got, so I sent him
him an e-mail, Daniels didn't know me from
squat and yet he graciously answered it.
officially dgressing again, the first time I
saw the CDB was in 1976, opening up for the
Marshall Tucker Band, (another one of my
faves.) He blew me away and I saw him many
more times over the years.
McCoury does a song with the Band called
"1952 Vincent Black Lightning" , a real
upbeat bluegrass song. They finish with "I'll
Fly Away" which really kicks, an
instrumental version. Randy Scruggs steals
the pickin' on this song with his solo, man
that guy can pick. Anyway, I think that you
need this one.
DVD from Amazon.com
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