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Title - 'Memories, Memoirs & Miles: Songs of a Lifetime'
Artist - Charlie Daniels

For those not quite in the know, although I'd think that would be a very low figure these days, Charlie Daniels is an American multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, and singer, known for his contributions to country, bluegrass, and Southern rock music. Indeed, he is perhaps best known for his number-one country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".

Daniels has been active as a singer and musician since the 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

He is also known for portraying himself in movies and TV shows such as Urban Cowboy, Yakety Yak, Take it Back, Trash Talk, The Fall Guy and King of the Hill, as well as appearances in The Lone Star Kid, 18 Wheels of Justice and Murder, She Wrote playing other characters.

Charlie Daniels' brand new album, Memories, Memoirs and Miles – Songs of a Lifetime, is a collection of his life, told through music, and one fine set of musical memories to behold for us all, that's for sure.

The 12 tracks included here are all near and dear to Daniels' heart, and what gives this CD a more personal touch is the fact that it also features two bonus tracks, 'Long Haired Country Boy' and 'Still In Saigon' - both dedicated to the man and friend who taught him his first guitar chord, Russell Palmer.

1. 'Keep On The Sunny Side'
2. 'Jaguar'
3. 'A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall'
4. 'Uneasy Rider'
5. 'The South’s Gonna Do it (Again)'
6. 'Saddle Tramp'
7. 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia'
8. 'In America'
9. 'The Legend of Wooley Swamp'
10. 'Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye'
11. 'Simple Man'
12. 'Let ‘Em Win or Bring ‘Em Home'
13. 'Long Haired Country Boy' - Bonus Track
14. 'Still In Saigon' - Bonus Track

This album, which has already become one of my top 3 albums of this year, begins in some joyous style with 'Keep On The Sunny Side' from his 2005 album, Songs from the Longleaf pines. Flirting back to the very beginning with his first band, Charlie Daniels & The Jaguars on 'Jaguar', the song once referred to as "low-rent 1959 sleaze" is a right royal beauty to listen to here today on this recording.

A cover of Bob Dylan's brilliant 'A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall' is yet another highlight of this new album, and that's backed by both 'Uneasy Rider' and from his 1974 album Fire on the Mountain, 'The South’s Gonna Do it (Again)'. Marty Robbins' heartfelt 'Saddle Tramp' comes next and after a shot at his well-worn classic 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia', a true contender for the stand out track here is the stalwart 'In America.'

Released in August 1980 as the second single from the album Full Moon, 'The Legend of Wooley Swamp' is another delightful flashback to an era gone by, and that's backed by both 1986's 'Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye' and a cut from Lynyrd Skynyrd's very own debut album, 'Simple Man.' The poignant war prayer 'Let ‘Em Win or Bring ‘Em Home' {"Say a prayer for Bobby, He's somewhere south of Kandahar tonight, Ask the Lord to be with him, Have His angels to protect him in the fight"} is next, and then the album rounds out with those two bonus tracks, 'Long Haired Country Boy' and 'Still In Saigon'.

Released on October 20th, 2017, Memories, Memoirs and Miles – Songs of a Lifetime is available exclusively at Walmart. The album is the musical companion to his forthcoming memoir ‘Never Look At The Empty Seats’ which will be available everywhere books are sold on October 24th, 2017.

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