This listing is for The Charlie Daniels Band: Volunteer Jam DVD.
Actors: Tommy Caldwell, Charlie Daniels, Jerry Eubanks, Doug Gray, Chuck Leavell
Directors: The Charlie Daniels Band
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR - Not Rated
Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
Run Time: 123 minutes
The Volunteer Jam is the annual homecoming concert for the Charlie Daniels Band in Tennessee in a tradition that goes back over 30 years. This film features the classic CDB line-up performing at the height of their powers in 1975 and focuses primarily on material from their two quintessential albums Fire On The Mountain (1974) and Nightrider (1975), which gave them their breakthrough hit Texas . The concert also features guest appearances Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell of the Allman Brothers Band, Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie, Dru Lombar from Grinderswitch and the entire Marshall Tucker Band.
This video archive of the second "Volunteer Jam" captures The Charlie Daniels Band and many of their contemporaries at their best. Years before the mass appeal of the huge hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" in 1979, the CDB was gathering legions of fans the old-fashioned way...by writing and recording great music, but even more importantly, taking it to the people in live concerts. This concert captures that era and that spirit very well. The list of songs shows how this band and so many others of that time wrote and recorded songs that included long and elaborate "jams" that made the songs last several minutes longer than your usual 3 to 4 minute pop radio hit. That's why this group and so many others didn't have many songs on the radio, but people still bought and enjoyed the heck out of their records. Funny how the CDB is still around, while the acts who had hits in the Top 40 at that time are largely forgotten. Extended songs like "Birmingham Blues" and "No Place Left to Go" show that song style perfectly, mixing rock, country, blues and jazz all together in one song. Special guests from The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickie Betts from The Allman Brothers Band, and others make this concert even more special. It's a can't miss purchase if you like mid-70s Southern Rock.
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