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Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Bob Dylan and Bluegrass

James Allan Sheldon used to play Dylan's, "Walkin' Down The Line", during Ralph Stanley's shows. The Seldom Scene often play "Boots". (I asked for the verizon in the clip at Gettysburg, I usually track down Dudley between sets and ask for it, if they don't play it first set) They also do a fine version of "Tomarrow is a Long Time".  Every year I go to Delfest, in Cumberland, Maryland. Lots of great Dylan covers over the years. Hot Rize did a beautiful, "Lay Down Your Weary Tune", a few years back. Sam Bush did an amazing version of  "When You Going to Wake Up" to close his set one year.  The Travelin" McCoury's sometimes do " God Gave Names To All The Animals". David Bromberg & Larry Keel also do Dylan covers often.

 

Thanks for the comment, Gene. There's really no limit to the number and quality of Dylan songs, even from his more recent songs, that work well in bluegrass. He's a singer/songwriter and bluegrass, in the end, is based on songs and the instruments. If it can be bent into that format, it'll work as bluegrass.

 

Hi Ted,

Nice article... I used to sing "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to Cry" with Clean Living... still love that song. Also "My Back Pages" and many others. I just finished reading This Wheel's on Fire - Levon Helm's history of The Band in which he includes many anecdotes about Dylan.

Hope to see you and Irene somewhere on our Florida family/bluegrass sojurn... starting mid February. I'll save you some Saturday morning pancakes.

Be well,

Frank Shaw