Picks and Pans Review: Redneck Fiddlin' Man
The Charlie Daniels Band (Blue Hat)
On his band's latest album, which he dedicates to those "who wear the uniform of the United States of America," Daniels is as much a flag-waver as a fiddler. He even closes this disc with an admirably understated instrumental rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner," featuring just his violin and Bruce Brown's acoustic guitar. The Nashville vet also sings the nation's praises on the Sept. 11-themed "The Last Fallen Hero": "Lead on red, white and blue/ And we will follow you until we win the final victory." Still, Daniels is at his best when he and his band forget the politics and just jam on frivolously fun tracks such as the energetic neo-Western swing tune "Rock This Joint," which should do just that.
Bottom Line: Patriotic country
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