Live Review: Charlie Daniels at Stagecoach 2013
The setting: Sunday's brutal 106-degree heat has begun to fade as the sun sets. The beer garden outside the Palomino stage begins to fill with the thirsty and sunburned. Suddenly, a unique sound cranks out from the pavilion.
The takeaway: At first, it was hard to tell if this was the right show. Daniels and band led off with "Redneck Fiddlin' Man," which jumps from classic Daniels verses to intricate, stop-time figures, neo-classical segments, touches of bluegrass and jazzy keyboard touches.
All doubts were resolved as the band rolled into "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye" like a ton of bricks. This was southern-fried boogie rock in a big way. And this was how Daniels paced out the set. A bit of swampy country rock, a bit of jamming that could come from an Allman Brothers stage or, for the matter, a Trans-Siberian Orchestra stage in parts.
Case in point was Daniels' 5th song, featuring an intricate instrumental intro, fleshed out into a full-on Allman Brothers-style jam, bouncing from jazzy/bluesy guitar solo to Hammond organ to electric fiddle, throwing in a Steve Gadd-esque drum solo for good measure.
Daniels reeled any confused beer gardeners back in with his next song, "Call Me Redneck," replete with all the standard swamp-living, fishing, patriotic touch points to pull a few fists into the air.
Sadly, Daniels' set began about 20 minutes later than the posted start time, meaning anyone hoping to hit Zac Brown's set had to leave before Daniels got to his signature hit, "Devil Went Down to Georgia."
But the 76-year-old, who recently had surgery to implant a pacemaker, was at the top of his game.
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