Charlie Daniels Band – Nightrider (1975)

FrontCover1Charles Edward Daniels (October 28, 1936 – July 6, 2020) was an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music. He was best known for his number-one country hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. Much of his output, including all but one of his eight Billboard Hot 100 charting singles, was credited to the Charlie Daniels Band.

Daniels was active as a singer and musician from the 1950s until his death. He was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

Nightrider is the sixth studio album by Charlie Daniels and the third as the Charlie Daniels Band, released on November 25, 1975.

There has been some confusion with the credits for the song “Birmingham Blues” that Charlie Daniels wrote for this 1975 album. In 1977, Jeff Lynne also wrote a song called “Birmingham Blues” for his band, Electric Light Orchestra’s album, Out of the Blue, and now Allmusic shows the 1975 Charlie Daniels song as being co-written by Lynne (but not the other way around), which is nonsensical. (wikipedia)


Charlie Daniels found his sound on 1974’s Fire on the Mountain, but with its 1975 follow-up, Nightrider, he found the definitive lineup of the Charlie Daniels Band and, with it, crystallized the group’s sound and entered into his golden era. Guitarist Barry Barnes and drummer Gary Allen are replaced by Tom Crain and Don Murray, respectively, and the result is a band that sounds fuller and more adventurous than before, capable of following all the paths that the country and blues-rock fusion on Fire on the Mountain suggested. As such, Nightrider focuses much more on the playing as opposed to the songs — which is kind of ironic, considering that this brought Daniels his first big hit in “Texas.” Then again, the jamming, while heavy, never overwhelms the songs. In fact, it enhances the songs, opening them up to new vistas in how rock, blues, hillbilly country, and bluegrass sit next to each other, and when the group just lays back and plays, there’s the kinetic excitement of hearing these musicians learn how they interact together. Fire on the Mountain remains the Charlie Daniels Band’s classic album, but this damn fine album comes in as a close second. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)


Tom Crain (guitar, vocals)
Charlie Daniels (banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, vocals)
Fred Edwards (drums)
Taz DiGregorio (keyboards, vocals)
Charlie Hayward (bass)
Don Murray (drums)
Jai Johanny Johanson (percussion on 05.)
Toy Caldwell (steel guitar on 08.)


01. Texas 3.03
02. Willie Jones 3.13
03. Franklin Limestone 5.39
04. Evil 2.52
05. Everything Is Kinda All Right 5.12
06. Funky Junky 5.06
07. Birmingham Blues 4.42
08. Damn Good Cowboy 4.35
09. Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day 3.29

All songs written by the bandleader, Charlie Daniels
except 03; written by Tom Crain



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