A Nod to Bob 2 - An Artists' Tribute to Bob Dylan On His 70th Birthday
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||What Good Am I?||The Pines||3:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Just Like a Woman||John Gorka||4:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mama, Let Me Lay It On You (Baby, Let Me Follow You Down)||Hot Tuna||4:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Every Grain of Sand||Lucy Kaplansky||4:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lay Down Your Weary Tune||Storyhill||4:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Days of '49||Spider John Koerner||3:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dirt Road Blues||Pieta Brown||4:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Buckets of Rain||Danny Schmidt||4:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||House of the Rising Sun||Guy Davis||5:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Jokerman||Eliza Gilkyson||6:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues||Cliff Eberhardt||5:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry||Ray Bonneville||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Born in Time||Meg Hutchinson||4:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Not Dark Yet||Jimmy LaFave||6:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mozambique||Peter Ostroushko||3:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Walkin' Down the Line||Robin & Linda Williams||2:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
As Bob Dylan celebrates each decade of service by playing it through as if nothing has happened, his fans pay tribute at every milestone. Much like the first A Nod to Bob that celebrated his 60th birthday, A Nod To Bob 2 features adult-contemporary singer-songwriters who have been influenced by the great songwriter. (Actually, that would be everyone.) Many of the same artists from the first volume are here. John Gorka plays a straight, emotive version of “Just Like a Woman.” Lucy Kaplansky takes on the gospel-like “Every Grain of Sand.” Guy Davis brings the blues for the traditional “House of the Rising Sun” that Dylan covered on his first album. Jimmy LaFave nicely twists “Not Dark Yet,” a later Dylan tune from Time Out of Mind. The Pines capture the mystery of “What Good Am I?” Storyhill immerse themselves in the beautiful melody that is “Lay Down Your Weary Tune.” Eliza Gilkyson takes a bite out of the onslaught of “Jokerman.” Dylan’s songs are so rich and open to interpretation that every version gives you something in return.
Often a cover can be better than the original.
Sometimes other people's interpretations are so much better than the original, this is certainly the case with Meg Hutchinson's lovely, touching version of "born in time" she takes a lost song of Dylan's and makes us remember what a touching and gift songwriter he truly is. If not for her cover of this song, it would likely be lost forever.