Released on August 26th, Charlie Daniels’ latest, Night Hawk, is a musical tribute to the hard-working American cowboy and his way of life. Rolling in with Daniels’ signature spritely fiddle on the Bob Wills tune “Big Balls In Cowtown” the journey takes a turn further south with the flamenco stylings in “Billy The Kid” and veers to the west in the title track, which recalls Pinto Bennett. Other songs in the collection include the western swing of “Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)” - another Wills song – which will have you slapping your knee and tapping your toes, “Goodnight Loving Trail” whose harmonica expresses a real lonesomeness and the jaunty “Old Chisolm Trail.” The album is rounded out with the classic folk tale of “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend” and Daniels’ own “Running With The Crowd” before closing with the somber “Yippie Ki Yea.”
Night Hawk is a thoughtful, reverent acknowledgement of the cowboy and his rich history. Give it a listen.
On September 23rd, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open an exhibit, Million Mile Reflections, in Daniels’ honor. In addition, on October 16th, Charlie Daniels will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, along with Randy Travis and Fred Foster. And finally, on November 30th, Charlie will celebrate his 80th Birthday at his Volunteer Jam at Bridgestone Arena with Kid Rock and Chris Stapleton, among others. For more information, visit here.