Monday, September 23, 2013

Dylan Cover #105 The Jayhawks/Justin Townes Earle "You Ain't Going Nowhere" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from the The Jayhawks/Justin Townes Earle and is a live cover of "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we addressed this cover:
A great song, and one that sounds so simple.  It always felt to me that these are the kind of songs Dylan has seeping out of his pores, with lines like "Tailgates and Substitutes" that anywhere else would sound foolish yet here works wonders.  The musical backing from the original Band version is loose and matched fantastically with the lyrics.  I am sure it wasn't as easy going as it sounds on the final version, but what a gem of a track.   

Thoughts on Cover Artists:
These are a few artists who I like everything I hear from but have not gotten deep into either. The Jayhawks are pretty rock-solid alt-country coming from a time period when that phrase was a dirty word and they influenced a ton of bands in that genre. Justin Townes Earle is a great musician in his own right and son of song writing royalty but we just haven't given him a ton of listening time, perhaps we should rectify that. 
Thoughts On Cover:
Fantastic and easy. Not straying far from the original the combo group uses the song to end a show and retains all the rustic charm of the track. Not very inventive, but professional, solid and an easy song to hear on this Monday.
Grade: B 

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