Monday, December 23, 2013

Dylan Cover #118 Larry Hoyt "On A Night Like This"

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 Larry Hoyt playing "On A Night Like This"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we talked about a cover of this song:
There are songs that put you in certain places, certain times, recall certain memories. That is what can be so enchanting about tunes, for some reason every time "On A Night Like This" kicks off the criminally underrated Planet Waves, I think of a winter time scene.  Either outdoors or by the raging fire, whatever, this album just screams northern winters too me.  The album was recorded in November but who knows when the songs were from, all I know is that they are great, and this is one of the best on the disk.    

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Like the other artists this month we have not heard of Larry Hoyt before we listened to him do a cover of Bobby here. Turns out he is a folk singer from the Syracuse area. He also hosts a folk radio show in the area.
Thoughts on Cover:
A fine straight ahead cover of a fun Dylan song. Hoyt has a strong warm voice and plays the tune in confident fashion. Not reinventing things, just keeping the folk tradition going. While we still have a soft spot for this version Mr. Hoyt does a fine job. 
Grade: B

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