On this, Charlie Daniels' second release, there are obvious signs of a bright future for the guitar- and fiddle-playing hillbilly rocker. Along for the ride is Joel "Taz" DiGregoria, Charlie's longtime bandmate and keyboard wizard. Taz even takes lead vocal duties on one song, "Billy Joe Young," and his ivory tickling is a highlight of this historical Southern rock document. Daniels rocks with the intensity of a downbound train on "Great Big Bunches of Love," and on his cover of the Jerry Lee Lewis chestnut "Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee." A true Southern poet, Charlie Daniels is seen here in the infancy of his artistic development, but even at this early stage, the poet is alive and well.
Originally titled HONEY IN THE ROCK and later renamed for its hit song (Daniels's first chart entry), UNEASY RIDER is the third Charlie Daniels album, but the first to put his name on the map. In addition to his previous southern-rock-meets-Western-swing sound, the album includes a significant R&B influence, making for an intriguing country-funk style. The title track's talking blues is particularly significant for espousing a hippie/counterculture perspective on the part of a man who'd later become known for championing more conservative values.
Jerry Corbitt (ex Youngbloods) and Charlie Daniels' live recording in the mid 70's released on Tiger Lily. Both of 'Live I' and 'Live II' received critical acclaim. The albums contain classics like 'Stormy Monday' and 'Till You Come Back Home Again.' First time on CD! Paper Sleeve Mini Vinyl LP Replica with OBI.
After a early start in rock & roll bands in the late 1950’s, Daniels was advised to move to Nashville and become a session musician where he played behind Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr among others. In the early 1970’s he formed the “Charllie Daniels Band” following the lead of the Allman Brothers’ southern rock sound. A moderate success on Epic in i972 of “Uneasy Rider” was followed two years later with the smash “Fire On The Mountain.” The group, perhaps best known for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” in 1979, continues to perform and record albums in the country rock style.
Nightrider was the third studio album by The Charlie Daniels Band released on November 25, 1975.
Around the time the Charlie Daniels Band recorded the music that became 1976's Saddle Tramp, the group was experiencing its first wave of success, as both Fire on the Mountain and Nightrider found an audience, and the group became known for their live performances, particularly through Daniels' Volunteer Jams concerts. Saddle Tramp rode this momentum into the country Top Ten and a gold album — all without a Top Ten country single, it should be noted. That's because the Charlie Daniels Band turned into the country equivalent of a radio-oriented rock band, where singles were less important than a unified whole of an album, which sought to replicate the feel of live performances. Arriving so early in the record signals that this is a jam record for jam fans, and on that level, it works very well, since it does showcase the band at a near-peak of its talents. But, like many other jam records, Saddle Tramp winds up not being about the songs (which, apart from the single "Wichita Jail," aren't particularly memorable), but being about the feel of the music and the sound of the band, which can make for good listening, provided that's what you're looking to hear.