If you were to guess some of the artists that shaped a young Charlie Daniels, Bob Dylan wouldn't be the first to come to mind, if it came at all. Humbling to think that even the greatest musical legends have their own personal icons - as proven with the much anticipated new release by Charlie Daniels and The CDB - Off The Grid-Doin' It Dylan, released on April 1.
Little could Charlie Daniels have imagined in the late '60's as a young studio musician answering a call from producer Bob Johnston to add his creativity on guitar to three of Dylan's Nashville produced projects, that he was on the first steps of the journey to his own destination as a musical icon. His first new album project release since 2007,Off The Grid is Dylan the Daniels way and the result is sheer musical genius. "It was about 50 years ago when I first became aware of Bob Dylan-and no, I was not naïve enough to think I could swim in the same stream, try to emulate what he had done, or cop his licks. Nobody could do that," notes Daniels. "My ambitions were to provoke some thought, to color the imagery of my songs, to think outside the box of conformity-in other words to be myself."
Charlie feels the Dylan sessions not only did a lot for his confidence, but helped legitimize him in Nashville circles and beyond as a serious musician. He amply repays the debt of gratitude on this new project.
The new collection contains Daniels' signature deft musical delivery on ten of Dylan's finest writings:
Tangled Up In Blue
Times They Are a Changin'
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Gotta Serve Somebody
I Shall Be Released
Mr. Tambourine Man
Hard Rains A Gonna Fall
Just Like A Woman
Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)