Monday, January 6, 2014

Dylan Cover #120 Sofi Marshall "Shelter From The Storm"

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 Sofi Marshall playing "Shelter From the Storm"
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
An epic track, feeling simple and etched in history at the same time. Religious overtones, passionate asides all mix within the confines of the illustrious/mysterious "She" who is bringing us all in. A gorgeous song and one of my favorite odd phrases Dylan has ever recorded, "Hunted like a crocodile/Ravaged in the corn".  I have no idea what it is supposed to mean and I don't care, it is perfect.  One thing that may bring this one down a peg overall is the connection to another great song "Up To Me" which is basically the same tune...hearing one always makes me want to hear the other.      

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I have never heard of Sofi Marshall before. You can find more youtube clips here and you can like her on facebook here
Thoughts on Cover:
A confident if understated version of the tune. The playing feels easy as does the smooth harmonica and phrasing of Sofi's vocals. the relaxed singing style fits this song (as any emotion really would I guess), one of Dylan's best songs and a pleasant start to our 2014 continuation of this on going cover series.
(I am taking out the grades this year, they don't serve much purpose and who cares what arbitrary letter value I give a cover? Listen to the track and enjoy it or don't your choice)

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