Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Never Look at the Empty Seats Book Review


 About the Book
Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels.

Readers will experience a soft, personal side of Charlie Daniels that has never before been documented. In his own words, he presents the path from his post-depression childhood to performing for millions as one of the most successful country acts of all time and what he has learned along the way. The book also includes insights into the many musicians that orbited Charlie’s world, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette and many more.

Charlie was officially inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016, shortly before his 80th birthday. He now shares the inside stories, reflections, and rare personal photographs from his earliest days in the 1940s to his self-taught guitar and fiddle playing high school days of the fifties through his rise to music stardom in the seventies, eighties and beyond.

Charlie Daniels presents a life lesson for all of us regardless of profession:

“Walk on stage with a positive attitude. Your troubles are your own and are not included in the ticket price. Some nights you have more to give than others, but put it all out there every show. You're concerned with the people who showed up, not the ones who didn't. So give them a show and…Never look at the empty seats!” (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

 I didn't know a lot about Charlie Daniels but I figured this could be an entertaining book. There is a lot of humor and lot of straight forwardness and no beating around the bush. Some chapters were more interesting than others but overall the book held my interest. The chapters are short and to the point and the parts about him when he was young were the most interesting to me. Also, the chapter about Louis L'Amour was a great addition. I liked reading about him growing up in the changing times, which is why I read books like this. You can learn so many things by reading or listening to other people's stories. 

Five stars. 

"I received this book for free from BookLook. All opinions are my own."

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