Saturday, November 29, 2014

40 Year Itch : On the Train to Grinder's Switch

    1974 was the year rock fans got two definitions of rednecks. From Randy Newman, we learned rednecks were no-necked oilmen from Texas, good ol' boys from Tennessee and college men from LSU (Went in dumb. Come out dumb too).  From Charlie Daniels ( who had played bass on Dylan's Nashville Skyline), we learned rednecks could also have long-hair, get stoned in the morning and drunk in the afternoon. 

     That sounded pretty good to a whole generation of us growing up and listening to southern rock by choice. Even in the Northeast, you couldn't help but hear the CDB, Marshall Tucker, the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd on the FM radio. 

   On "The South's Gonna Do It Again",  Daniels goes through a roll call of Southern rock acts rising  up in the 1970's, including them "Tucker Boys" cooking' down in Caroline. The Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker Band toured together all the time. On November 29, 1974 Marshall Tucker Band released their third album, Where We Belong.


This double disc-er had two studio sides ( with the single "This Ol' Cowboy") and two live sides of epic jams, including a nearly 14-minute version of "24 Hours at a Time". Both songs mentioned feature the fiddle work of, who else, Charlie Daniels.

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