Monday, April 23, 2012

Dylan Cover #45 Kina Grannis "Boots of Spanish Leather"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Kina Grannis "Boots Of Spanish Leather"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we did someone covering this tune, here are my thoughts:
One of the first Dylan songs that really bowled me over.  I know on the "Times They Are a-Changin'" there are a ton of epic songs but this was the track that stayed with me the longest.  It is ghostly in it's presentation and still just as dynamic now as when he wrote it back in 1963.  My favorite show I have seen Dylan play live was back in 1999 at the RPI Fieldhouse.  The whole night was great, my favorite backing band of his since The Band, a tiny venue and a setlist that was magical.  One of the major highlights was "Boots of Spanish Leather", I need to break out that bootleg this week and re-live that great night. 


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
When this tune was picked this week I had no idea who Kina Grannis was, but after a quick Google search I found out that she was the Doritos Girl from a few Super Bowls back.  Can't say I knew anything else about her except that she won that contest so I do not  have much more to base opinions on, going in pretty fresh to this one. 

Thoughts on Cover:   

Kina's take on this classic Dylan tune is nice, simple and detracts nothing from the original.  It also doesn't add much, but at the end when she mentions her love for the lyrics and that fans should go listen to it, there was a moment I hadn't realized that (I am guesing here) a majority of her fans have not heard Dylan before, or this song.  Maybe that's not the case but opening up the artist to new fans is something we try to do every week and she has a much bigger reach, so good on you Kina for a straight ahead cover.

Grade: C+

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