Fire on the Mountain

Jun 9 | Posted by: Charlie | Tags: CDB History, Music

Forty years ago this December, the CDB released what would ultimately be our first gold, and then platinum album called Fire On The Mountain.

I've had a lot of milestones in my career but none more meaningful that this 1974 release, which is unique in a lot of ways.

It was the catalyst for the Volunteer Jam, we wanted to do two live tracks on the album and booked a show at the 2,200 seat War Memorial Auditorium in a Nashville on a given Saturday night in October to do the live recording and I casually invited some of my musician buddies to drop by for a jam session. After we got the business took care of, somebody came up with a play on words for the Volunteer State of Tennessee, the Volunteer Jam, and we were off and running.

The Allman Brothers and the Marshall Tucker Band were both hot as a firecracker in Nashville and Dickey Betts from the Allmans, Toy Caldwell, Jerry Eubanks and Paul Riddle from Tucker were in town and when I brought them on stage, unannounced, the place went nuts.

The show sold out that very first year and it was apparent that this Volunteer Jam thing was a happening. So the next year we moved it to the 13,000-seat Murphy Center, which also sold out in advance and a true Southern institution was born.

Fire On The Mountain immediately started getting airplay around the country and that was back in the day of the album-oriented rock radio stations and if they liked an album they may play two or three cuts from it.

“The South’s Gonna Do It Again” and “Long Haired Country Boy” surfaced as radio favorites and Wade Conklin from Kama Sutra records presented us with our very first gold album on the stage of the second Volunteer Jam in 1975.

The album raised the profile of the band in America and started getting some attention in other countries and our touring schedule started filling up with meaningful show dates. We crisscrossed the country opening for Marshall Tucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Walsh and even a couple of dates with the Rolling Stones.

It brought us to the attention of Ron Alexenburg at Epic Records who offered us a firm six album deal with his personal commitment to move our career along, a promise which he kept in spades.

We were offered meaningful television appearances and industry media interviews, all of which are part of building a solid career

Fire On The Mountain has sold somewhere between four and five million albums over the past forty years and the amazing thing is that some of those 40-year-old songs are still some of our most requested.

A generation of fans that weren't even born when Fire On The Mountain was released are now requesting “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again”.

So here's to Fire On The Mountain, 40 years after the fact, still going strong, the songs still being performed nightly by the CDB wherever we happen to be around the world

And here's a big bear hug and a heartfelt "thank you" to all the fans who have kept that candle burning for four decades.

We truly love you every one.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

I understand that Sony owns the CDB masters from 1972-1991. Is there any way that someone from the CDB organization get in touch with Sony and urge them to remaster CDB albums and to include bonus, alternate (if any) tracks. Special attention needs to be made for the Fire On The Mountain album.

I would also LOVE to hear the rest of that Live performance Mark.
I am also hoping that Wolfgang's Vault has the 12-21-74 Winterland show...My first ever Rock Concert...And the CDB just Smoked the place that evening!

As the bassist in the CDB at this time, I'm extremely proud of this record and I always wondered if the whole set was recorded, because we were on it that night and it sure would be nice to hear it if it was. Mark Fitzgerald

Still my favorite CDB album. I get a serious itch to hear Trudy on a weekly basis.


40 years have come and gone since Fire on the Mountain was released. The late 80's CD release is badly in need of remastering. Since it has been over 40 years, why not include extra tracks, such as alternate takes as well as the complete first VJ concert in 1974? Perhaps something similiar to Allman Brothers' Eat A Peach remastering and reissue in the early 2000's. How about it?

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Great idea, but ultimately that is up to Sony, who own the masters to Charlie's catalog from 1972-1991.

Would love to hear it as well. - TeamCDB

I have seen U many times and you have never been disappointing. Doesn't seem like 40 years but glad I have lived them and enjoyed your music along the way. God Bless Charlie and family.

One other thing has to be mentioned, "Fire on the Mountain" has to have the coolest cover of any album I can think of and that includes "Abbey Road". Can anyone name a better one? Kudos to whoever did the art work for that one.


Definietley a great CD. I enjoyed the description of this reviewer at, printed below.

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Four albums in, Charlie Daniels -- now fronting the Charlie Daniels Band -- finally found a way to not just synthesize his various influences, he found a way to streamline them and polish them, turning them into something proudly Southern and redneck yet commercial with Fire on the Mountain. This means that he's toned down the wild, messy eclecticism that he displayed on his ignored debut in favor of a bluesy, jam-oriented country-rock owing a great deal to the Allman Brothers. The change is brought into sharp relief because he revives two of the best songs from Charlie Daniels -- the rampaging rocker "Trudy" and the sweet ballad "Georgia," both given more direct arrangements here; the originals were ragged and right, but these have more of a rock feel, even if they're not as loose as those on the debut. And that pretty much sums up the difference with Fire on the Mountain -- here, Charlie Daniels and his band have fused their Southern-fried country to a rollicking, jam-intensive blues-rock, where it plays like rock but feels like redneck country. It's a rather brilliant move, because it's every bit as jam-oriented as Capricorn bands like the Alllmans or the Marshall Tucker Band (the latter are thanked in the liner notes, while Dickey Betts of the former cameos on this record), but the CDB have yet to give themselves over to playing for the sake of playing (which they soon would with Saddle Tramp). Instead, they focus that energy into the songs, which are all top-notch, and the result is probably the best balance of songs and performances that the Charlie Daniels Band ever did. They would wander into longer jams and Daniels would become unapologetically redneck later, but here the mix is just right, which is why this is the quintessential Charlie Daniels Band album.

The pharse "probably the best balance of songs and performances that the Charlie Daniels Band ever did", seems to sum up the consensus pretty well!


The CDB, one of the few that are Top of the Tops.

Seen you live at the Palace Concert Theatre, in Providence, Rhode Island. 1st with Joe Walsh and then a week later, with the Marshall Tucker Band. You opened with "Whiskey", and when I heard Caballo Diablo, I went to my local record store and bought Fire on the Mountain the next day. I now live in the great American Southwest and play Caballo Diablo on my acoustic guitar, and my adult children know the words by now but have never heard the original on the album. 40 years. Has it really been that long? As Bing Crosby and Bob hope sang: Thanks for the memories!

great album from the younger days

Charlie- This is a great album I keep close to my heart and turntable.Your music is real- keep up the real music you love to play for real fans of yours. The South will do it again! The long haired country boy's hair is grey now but is still grows long! God Bless you and the band and keep up the great work you do!

Amen & Amen Charlie, we truly love you bro and appreciate you beyond measure. It don't get any better than "Long Haired Country Boy". Can't say much more than God Bless the CDB and keep on jamming. Plowboy

Amen & Amen Charlie, we truly love you bro and appreciate you beyond measure. It don't get any better than "Long Haired Country Boy". Can't say much more than God Bless the CDB and keep on jamming. Plowboy

It was this album that got me started listening to the CDB, back in 76. A friend gave me one as a gift.

One of the best gifts I have ever received. I wore that one out and another one that I bought.

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