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Where Are They Now Wednesday: Charlie Daniels and Merle Haggard...

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Charlie Daniels and Merle Haggard...
Posted April 2nd, 2014 @ 2:15pm

Charlie Daniels released a new album Off The Grid—Doin’ It Dylan on April 1. 
Off The Grid –Doin’ It Dylan, is another example of the seemingly endless reservoirs of musical creativity from the now 77 year old Grand Ole Opry member. 
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
Country Pie
Mr. Tambourine Man
Hard Rains A Gonna Fall
Just Like A Woman
Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
"In the early days, Dylan sang his songs accompanied by himself on guitar and harmonica and in the late sixties when he decided to add some other instruments to his records and concerts the purists, who had declared him poet laureate, prophet and spokesman for his generation, came apart at the seams, castigating him for defiling the purity of his genius with other musical influences," says Daniels.  "When Dylan came to town to record Nashville Skyline, due to my friendship with Bob Johnston, Dylan's producer at the time, I was blessed to be a guitar player in the studio band on that album and the next two, Self Portrait and New Morning, an experience that did a lot for my confidence, my career and legitimizing me as a serious musician."

Country stars are honoring a country legend, A Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard, available on April 1.
The release comes a few days before Merle is honored by the Academy of Country Music with the Chrystal Milestone Award in recognition of his 50 years of making music.
Merle was the Academy's first Entertainer of the Year in 1970.
The ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 6 on CBS/WHNT-19.
A Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard Track Listing…
"Misery and Gin" - Randy Houser
"Footlights" -  Joe Nichols
"Going Where the Lonely Go" - Jason Aldean
"Today I Started Loving You Again" - Kristy Lee Cook
"Carolyn - Toby Keith
"Pancho and Lefty" - Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley
"Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" - performed by Garth Brooks*
"You Take Me for Granted"- Thompson Square
"Mama Tried" - Ben Haggard
"That’s The Way Love Goes" - Dustin Lynch
"Make Up and Faded Blue Jeans" - Jake Owen
"I’m a Lonesome Fugitive" - James Wesley
"Workin’ Man Blues" - Parmalee
"Are the Good Times Really Over" - Jason Aldean
"Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room" - Thompson Square
"I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink" - Dustin Lynch
"The Fightin’ Side of Me" - James Wesley
"My Favorite Memory" - Joe Nichols
"Ramblin’ Fever" - Randy Houser
"Sing Me Back Home" - Ben Haggard

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