Sunday, March 12, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 72: Satisfied Mind

How many times have you heard someone say

If I had his money I'd do things my way


Hmm, but little they know


Hmm, it's so hard to find


One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind.


Dylan's recording of this classic song by Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes appeared on Saved (1980).  

Satisfied Mind lyrics



Money can't buy back
Your youth when you're old
Or a friend when you're lonely
Or a love that's grown cold


Bob Dylan, live in 1999.


Many other artists have recorded Satisfied Mind. Here are five noteable ones. 

1. Johnny Cash.



2. Jeff Buckley.



3. Joan Baez.



4.  Willie Neslon.



5.  Lucinda Williams.




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Saturday, March 11, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 71: Stardust

The third release from Triplicate, Stardust, is a 90-year-old Hoagy Carmichael song that's been covered thousands of times. Dylan holds his own with a lovely, soulful performance highlighted by sweet western guitar.

If there was any doubt, Triplicate's 30 classic covers affirm Dylan's sustained journey into the backroads of American standards. I'm enjoying the ride. Triplicate is set for release on March 31.



Friday, March 10, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 70: Pay in Blood

Bob brings the growl to Pay in Blood from 2012's Tempest.


"I pay in blood, but not my own." Lyrics.









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Thursday, March 9, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 69: Pressing On

365 Days of Dylan, Day 69: Pressing On from 1980's Saved. Sometimes all you can do is press on.

Dylan, live in Toronto, Pressing On.





365 Days of Dylan, Day 68: Folsom Prison Blues

365 Days of Dylan, Day 68: Folsom Prison Blues from The Basement Tapes Sampler: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11. Dylan plays Cash.


Dylan and the Dead, Folsom Prison Blues, Live 1987.

  



Bob Dylan - Folsom Prison Blues (Self Portrait Outtake)



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365 Days of Dylan, Day 67: Shot of Love

365 Days of Dylan, Day 67: Shot of Love from the 1981 album from the same name. Released just six years after Blood on the Tracks, it couldn't sound more different. This opening cut is all big beat, drums, bluesy bombastic vocals and stinging guitars. A lot of swagger in this song. Lyrics.





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365 Days of Dylan, Day 66: Fourth Time Around

365 Days of Dylan, Day 66: Fourth Time Around. Another great tune from Blonde on Blonde. Dylan details the intricacies of a complicated relationship with perhaps a few echos of Norwegian Wood. Hear also the starkly beautiful version by Chris Whitley.

When she said
“Don’t waste your words, they’re just lies”
I cried she was deaf
And she worked on my face until breaking my eyes
Then said, “What else you got left?”
It was then that I got up to leave
But she said, “Don’t forget
Everybody must give something back
For something they get”







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365 Days of Dylan, Day 65: You're a Big Girl Now

365 Days of Dylan, Day 65: You're a Big Girl Now from 1975's Blood on the Tracks, one of my favorite albums. I love the interplay between the acoustic guitars at the start and Dylan's breathy, weary vocals. Lyrics.



I saw My Morning Jacket play before Dylan and Wilco a few years  ago at Toyota Park in Chicago. On Chimes of Freedom, My Morning Jacket delivers a great rendition of this song.



     
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 63: Shake Shake Mama

365 Days of Dylan, Day 63: Shake Shake Mama, written by Dylan with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, like all but one song on Together Through Life (2009). Lyrics.





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365 Days of Dylan, Day 62: It's All Good

365 Days of Dylan, Day 62: It's All Good from Together through Life (2009). Lyrics.



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Thursday, March 2, 2017

SXSW 2010: Chuck Prophet Plays Past Curfew at Momo's

Did you go to SXSW in 2010? To paraphrase Mark Twain, one of the coldest winter days I ever spent was March 19 in Austin. Day temperatures did reach the 60s F, but lows dipped into the 30s. And as I recall, it was raw and windy much of the day. With visions of sundrenched Austin days, I had not packed for the weather.

Chuck Prophet at Momo's, SXSW 2010 (Mike Barzacchini photo)
Things heated up when I arrived at the now departed Momo's on west 6th Street. After a sizzling set by Jon Dee Graham, Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express took the stage at around 1 a.m.

Usually, SXSW showcase sets are a brief 30 minutes. Maybe because they were on last that night, Prophet and band delivered a marathon set by SXSW standards.

Along with his own great songs (Summertime Thing, You and Me Babe (Holding On), You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp), Sonny Liston's Blues), he also paid tribute to Alex Chilton, who was scheduled to appear at SXSW on March 20 that year with Big Star. Unfortunately, he died on March 17.

Stephanie Finch, SXSW 2010 (Mike Barzacchini Photo)
Prophet is an exhilarating live performer and he  more than delivered that night while draining every ounce of rock and roll energy from his audience. I staggered back to my hotel, smiling and exhausted at nearly 2:30 a.m., happy in the knowledge that I'd just experienced a rock show I'd not soon forget.

365 Days of Dylan, Day 61: Early Mornin' Rain

365 Days of Dylan, Day 61: Early Mornin' Rain from Self Portrait (1970).


I have longtime, fond memories of Early Morning Rain, or in this case, Early Mornin' Rain.

Written by Gordon Lightfoot and first released on his 1966 debut, Lightfoot!, I first came to know the song from Lightfoot's re-recording on 1975's Gord's Gold. His performance is light a favorite, warm comfortable sweater. Made me smile everytime it came on the radio. Still does. Though now the "radio" is often Spotify, YouTube or iTunes.

I've come to appreciate and enjoy Dylan's version too. Starts with a gentle, almost south-of-the-border guitar, piano and harmonica. He's a smooth, relaxed crooner on this one.

Need to go beyond Lightfoot or Dylan? You have plenty of choicesPeter, Paul and Mary, Ian & Sylvia, Judy Collins, Chad & Jeremy, Jerry Reed, Elvis Presley and Paul Weller all made the charts with a version of the song. 

Yearning for home and the promise or hope brighter days ahead, Early Mornin' Rain is a perfect traveling song.

Gordon Lightfoot, live in Chicago, 1979


Peter, Paul and Mary


Jerry Reed


Ian & Sylvia with Gordon Lightfoot


Alison Krauss and Union Station


Paul Weller


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SXSW 2008: Pinetop Perkins at Nuno's

Remember that Tuesday night in March 2008 when we walked into Nuno's and Pinetop Perkins was playing?

Mike Barzacchini Photo
That's what I love about Austin and SXSW. Music everywhere and you never know who you're going to run into. What a kick to see Pinetop play in an intimate setting like Nuno's. Years before in either 1988 or 1989,  he came on stage to play a song or two with Bonnie Raitt at a show I attended at Riverbend in Cincinnati. But this, this was something else all together.

Now Pinetop and Nuno's are no more. But the music and memories live.

I won't make it to SXSW this year, so I'm coping by reliving memories from my past six visits (while I'm making plans for SXSW 2018).

365 Days of Dylan, Day 60: John Wesley Harding

365 Days of Dylan, Day 60: John Wesley Harding from the 1967 album of the same name.

Stripped down instrumentation and solid songcraft, tinged with religious imagery gets Dylan back to his folk roots while hinting at his music's spiritual transformation in the late 1970s and early 1980s.



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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 59: Clean Cut Kid

365 Days of Dylan, Day 59: Clean Cut Kid from 1985's Empire Burlesque. A raucous rocker that decries war, commercialism and the fate of American youth in modern society. And it has a beat. You can dance to it.
"He was a clean-cut kid

But they made a killer out of him
That’s what they did"

Lyrics



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365 Days of Dylan, Day 58: The Night We Called it a Day

365 Days of Dylan, Day 58: The Night We Called it a Day from Bob Dylan's 2015 album of standards Shadows in the Night.



Dylan performed The Night We Called it a Day on the second-to-last episode of The Late Show with David Letterman, May 19, 2015.


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Music by Matt Dennis, lyrics by Tom Adair.  The Night We Called it a Day has been performed by many artists, including Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra and Diane Krall.


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.


Buy "It Hurts Me Too" on Amazon. There's a version for just about every taste.

        


        

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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.



Monday, February 20, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 51: My One and Only Love

365 Days of Dylan, Day 51: My One and Only Love, from Triplicate, Bob Dylan's upcoming 30-song collection of American standards. Written by by Guy Wood. Lyrics by Robert Mellin. This 1952 song has been covered by dozens of jazz and popular artists and it's the latest stop on Dylan's tour of the Great American Songbook. 




Beautiful arrangement by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.



And this classic version by the Frank Sinatra.




Triplicate is scheduled for release on March 31. Preorder now on Amazon.

     

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Ben Caplan at Canadian Blast, SXSW 2015

Ben Caplan's set at Canadian Blast was one of the highlights of my SXSW 2015.  Incredible energy and stage presence. Outstanding songs. Left me wanting more.

Finally, I'll get my wish. Just purchased my tickets to see Caplan and the Casual Smokers, Wednesday, March 29 at SPACE in Evanston. Until then, I'm still grooving on the fumes of his 2015 SXSW performance.

Ben Caplan performs at SXSW
Ben Caplan at SXSW 2015, Canadian Blast (Mike Barzacchini Photo)


Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers
Ben Caplan at SXSW 2015, Canadian Blast (Mike Barzacchini Photo)

Ben Caplan live at SXSW 2015
Ben Caplan at SXSW 2015, Canadian Blast (Mike Barzacchini Photo)
Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers
Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers, SXSW 2015

Sunday, February 19, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 50: Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)

365 Days of Dylan, Day 50: Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine).

Another great cut from Blonde on Blonde. True confession: Though I always knew this was a Dylan song, I first became obsessed with Todd Rundgren's version from Faithful.

If all went as planned today, I'm on jet plane flying back to Chicago. Most likely going my way.


From Todd Rundgren's Faithful


Yardbirds cover Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine


Saturday, February 18, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 49: I and I

365 Days of Dylan, Day 49: I and I from Infidels (1983). Well, with any luck, I'm in Dallas, helping our son move into his new home. It's a life passage. One that has me feeling my age and miles. Jonathan and I bonded, father and son, over Dylan's music from the time he was very young. In fact, he had this massive Dylan iTunes playlist he used to fall asleep to as far back as grade school. And I recall an eighth grade book report on Shelter from the Storm. I will miss him. Hoping that Dylan's music will keep us connected and help bridge the distance.