Charlie Daniels proves he doesn't need music to tell a great story in his first book The Devil Went Down To Georgia.
The book features a short biography, expanded stories of some of his most beloved songs, some original yarns featuring some eccentric characters, like the nonstop talking Radio Smith and Mrs. Effie who got dressed up when she got her first television set because she thought the people on the screen could see her, and the heartwarming A Carolina Christmas Carol, which Charlie reads to friends and family every Christmas Eve.
Charlie's written a lot of great story songs, and with this collection he proves he is a great storyteller. Period.
In one of the tales in this first collection of fiction from country singer Daniels, he converts his popular "Ballad of Uneasy Rider'' into short story form. Unfortunately the narrative economy he employs to great effect in his song-writing gets lost in its prose translation, and these tales suffer as well from a self-contratulatory, down-home voice, which undercuts the potential effectiveness of Daniels's appealing characters and antic fable creations. Although Daniels probably won't win any new fans with his writing alone, those already devoted to him will enjoy some of these offerings, particularly the title story, in which a boy engages the devil in ``dueling fiddles,'' and ``A Carolina Christmas Carol,'' in which a little girl's faith in Santa Claus causes St. Nick to appear in the flesh to her unbelieving father. Author tour. January