Charlie Daniels Band

Live From Iraq – 2007 (Blue Hat/Koch)

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

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Charlie Daniels, 70, has always been outspoken of his support for the U.S. military. He performed a live album for the troops in Baghdad during the final night of his visit to Iraq.

The 14-song disc includes many CDB classics, including rollicking versions of "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye" and his signature song, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia." Daniels, 70, starts the show off by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before delving into the uptempo "In America." As one would expect from a live Daniels show, there's plenty of political commentary on it. In "Iraq Blues," Daniels sings "I ain't never bought a copy of The New York Times or watched CNN" and inserts "Hillary Clinton" for "George McGovern" in the otherwise unaltered "Uneasy Rider."

Daniels also makes his feelings known for outlaws in "Simple Man." Daniels' showcases his band's skills during a 10-minute instrumental "Floreeda Road" and plays to Tennesseans' likings by performing "Rocky Top."