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Though Charlie Daniels’ new album is titled Off the Grid, the legendary entertainer has been doing everything but flying under the radar.
In fact, he’s been everywhere lately, including the Today show, The Mike Huckabee Show, ABC News, The Sean Hannity Show, The Big Interview With Dan Rather and in the pages of this week’s CW talking about his new album, Off the Grid—Doin’ It Dylan.
“What Bob Dylan did in music, to me, is like what Henry Ford did with automobiles. He just took off in a different direction. He broke all the rules,” says Charlie, who played guitar on three of Dylan’s classic albums as a young session musician in the late ’60s.
“I was playing guitar a lot more back then,” Charlie relates. “I didn’t really play fiddle that much. In the rock ‘n’ roll days there was no reason for it. It was just something to bring out to play on ‘Orange Blossom Special’ or something. It never was a serious part of my music until I started my own band.”
On his new album, Charlie and his famed Charlie Daniels Band, known as the CDB, cover such Dylan gems as “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Gotta Serve Somebody” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” “The band got so into this thing,” Charlie says of Off the Grid. “Everybody had creative input into it and it was so much fun.”
To read more about Charlie and his band, pick up the April 14 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.