There comes a time in many long running music careers in which an artist can somewhat “kick back,” and rely on their proven back catalog without worrying about creating any new material. That’s what the crowd wants anyways, right? The “old stuff?’ Not necessarily. Luckily for us, nearing 80 years old, Charlie Daniels does not share that sentiment.
On August 26th, Charlie Daniels released (in my calculation) his 31st studio album since 1971, titled Night Hawk. The album is chock full of classic cowboy songs of the Old West. From the western swing flavored opener “Big Balls In Cowtown” to the spooky favorite, “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky: A Cowboy Legend,” all bases are covered. Daniels even revisits two classic songs of his own from the 1976 album, High Lonesome, in “Billy The Kid” and “Running With The Crowd.”
With over 60 years in entertainment, consistently releasing new albums of GREAT music, (Night Hawk included) and an ongoing tour schedule that I probably couldn’t even maintain at 32, Charlie Daniels shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Why should he? He’s just as good now, if not better, than he ever has been before.
To be completely honest, I have little experience with the studio albums of Charlie Daniels. I have been listening to the same Greatest Hits collection since my childhood, with handful of other albums sprinkled in, such as my dad’s original Fire On The Mountain and Full Moon LPs. Night Hawk has inspired me to go back to re-educate myself on the Charlie Daniels discography, beyond the hits. Feel free to leave album suggestions in the comments below!
Night Hawk is available NOW. Visit the links below to purchase the album on CD via Amazon or digitally through iTunes. Already have the album? Let us know what you think in the comments below!