Sunday, February 26, 2017

Celebrate Johnny Cash's Birthday with this Playlist of Cash Covers from Bloodshot Artists

Johnny Cash was born on February 26, 1932.

To help celebrate, the good rockin' folks at Bloodshot Records put together this Spotify playlist of Cash songs covered by Bloodshot artists, including Waco Brothers, Old 97's, Sally Timms and Kelly Hogan. Great stuff.

Any day is a great day to celebrate the life and music of Johnny Cash. And this playlist sure puts me in the mood.



365 Days of Dylan, Day 57: (Quinn the Eskimo) The Mighty Quinn

365 Days of Dylan, Day 57: Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn).

Recorded by Dylan in 1967, The Mighty Quinn was first released by Manfred Mann who had a hit with the song in 1968. Dylan finally released the song on 1970's Self Portrait.

Kris Kristofferson, Lulu, The Grateful Dead, and The Hollies are among the artists who have sung about the legend of Quinn the Eskimo. Quinn the Eskimo lyrics.









Check out multiple versions of The Mighty Quinn on Amazon.

The 1989 Denzel Washington The Mighty Quinn took its name from Dylan's tune. Sheryl Lee Ralph perfromed a version of the song for the movie's soundtrack.




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Saturday, February 25, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 56: Went to See the Gypsy

365 Days of Dylan, Day 56: Went to See the Gypsy, originally released in 1970 on New Morning. Also appears on Another Self Portrait The Bootleg Series, Volumne 10 (2013).




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Friday, February 24, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 55: It Hurts Me Too

365 Days of Dylan, Day 55: "It Hurts Me Too." Here's Dylan, again with the blues and another cover from Self Portrait.

First recorded by Tampa Red in 1940, Elmore James had a 1957 hit with the song. Junior Wells recorded the song a few times, first in 1962. Here's his version from Essential Blues Masters. This song is also recorde as "(When Things Go Wrong) It Hurts Me Too."

Check out versions by Eric Clapton (solo and with Derek and Dominos) and Mike Bloomfield.

For a breathy, rhythmic take, Listen to First Aid Kit's cover.  And I'm extremely partial to Hound Dog Taylor's sizzling version.

I'm less than a poor guitar player, but I'm going to try to figure out this classic eight-bar blues on my beat-up six-string. Hopefully, if you ever hear me play, it won't hurt you too.

It Hurts Me To, chords and lyrics.


First Aid Kit has a unique way of making a song its own.
This version of "It Hurts Me Too" is no exception.



I like Dylan's cover, but Hound Dog Taylor's is probably my favorite. 
I love the cracking energy of his performance.


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Many YouTube videos featuring performances of "It Hurts Me Too." Here are a few:

Elmore James






The Grateful Dead, from Europe 1972



Foghat, yes, Foghat. Dayton, Ohio, 1997.


The Rolling Stones, 1969



Thursday, February 23, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 54: Let it Be Me

365 Days of Dylan, Day 54: Let it Be Me from 1970's Self Portrait.

Originally published in French in 1955 as "Je t'appartiens," the Everly Brothers had a hit with "Let it Be Me" in 1955. Dylan is one of dozens of other artists from Nancy Sinatra, Petula Clark and Elvis to Rod Stewert, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers who have covered the song. 










365 Days of Dylan, Day 53: Idiot Wind

365 Days of Dylan, Day 53: Idiot Wind from Blood on the Tracks.


Some of Dylan's most piercing lyrics about love and loss. 

"You’re an idiot, babe / It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe."

Harsh, Bob, very harsh. Lyrics

A live version from Hard Rain






A spiffy cover of "Idiot Wind" by Phil Pritchett from Blueprint Garage, Volume 2.








Tuesday, February 21, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 52: It's All Over Now Baby Blue

365 Days of Dylan, Day 52: It's All Over Now Baby Blue from Bringing It All Back Home (1965) and ample covers by an amazing array of artists.







Van Morrison


The Grateful Dead



Bonnie Raitt performs "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" on David Letterman in 2000.



Joan Baez. 


The Byrds.


Eric Burdon and the Animals.