Alcohol is a depressant, and country music won't let you forget that for long. That's why country records rarely throw a full-on party from start to stop — sooner or later, the whiskey-slurred ravers must slow down into a sodden sulk. But Charlie Daniels rips through even repentant boozers like "Drinkin 'My Baby Goodbye," and on the rare occasion when he does shift into low gear, as on "High Lonesome," he keeps the beat steady enough for a good slow dance. Usually, though, speeds and spirits are high here, so you can keep dancing whether Charlie's spouting about regional pride ("Texas," "The South's Gonna Do It), showing off his fiddle skills ("Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues," "Talk to Me Fiddle") or, well, covering "Layla."
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