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Remember When Charlie Daniels Was In Bob Dylan’s Band?

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Charlie Daniels may have formed his own popular band, the Charlie Daniels Band, but before he held his role in that band he was able to play for music legend Bob Dylan.

From 1969 to 1970, Daniels was able to show his skills and play electric bass on three of Dylan’s albums, ‘Nashville Skyline,’ ‘Self Portrait’ and ‘New Morning.’ It was after this that Daniels started to really hone his music craft. The two are still amicable and Dylan is supportive of the tribute album Daniels released.

The album, ‘Off the Grid — Doin’ It Dylan,’ doesn’t actually feature many of the songs from the time period Daniels was playing for Dylan — except for one. ‘Country Pie’ is the only one from that Dylan era.

Instead, Daniels chose songs that better suited his voice, instead of performing Dylan’s best known hits. Thus, ‘Lay Lady Lay’ and ‘Rainy Day Woman’ aren’t on the 10-song album but country versions of songs like ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’ and ‘I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight’ do find a spot on the tribute album.

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