Monday, November 4, 2013

Dylan Cover #111 The Lumineers "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 live cover by the The Lumineers of the Dylan tune "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:
With the new radio friendly folk group revival The Lumineers join the crop of singer/song writers/performers who have found success stripping down. I haven't caught them live but they sound fine. Not dull or offensive but not earth shattering either.  
Thoughts on Cover:
Simple, plain, direct, honest. This is a pretty perfect acoustic 1 person cover with delicate playing from Wesley Schultz on guitar and vocals taking over the solo aspect of this song. Nothing changed, just a rock solid version.
Grade: B-

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