Monday, November 11, 2013

Dylan Cover #112 Ryan Hunter "With God On Our Side"

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 Ryan Hunter playing "With God On Our Side"
Thoughts on Original
From the first time we talked about this on Veterans Day as well:
Perhaps the most poignant and lasting song Dylan has written and that speaks volumes. Lyrically it is perfect, using history, the warping of religion and politics to get across the point that man will rationalize anything, even war. Only played live 30 times since it's debut at Dylan's historic Town Hall show the song has added weight and meaning when it is played.  Morality and War, Religion and Righteousness, all just words when it comes down to it hold life inside those letters. Musically stark Dylan uses his impressive lyrics to express the confusion perfectly, should be mandatory listing in every history classroom.   

Thoughts on Cover Artist
I have not heard of Ryan Hunter before but this is some fine singing and playing. Turns out he fronted a Post-Hardcore band from Long Island called Envy On the Coast. I had not come across them but that doesn't matter, the solo performance here is not the best quality of video, but very good sound makes it presentable.
Thoughts on Cover
This is some pretty powerful singing as the song tackles all of this emotional topics and Hunter does a dynamite job expressing them, rising and falling over the simple guitar strumming. Vocally powerfully matching the ripping lyrics and musically stark this is a dynamic performance worthy of a listen if not incredibly original rendition...then again that really isn't always he best road to take.
Grade: A- 

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