Monday, May 12, 2014

Dylan Cover #138 Jimmy LaFave "Buckets Of Rain" Live

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 Jimmy LaFave doing "Buckets of Rain"
Thoughts on Original:
From our first take on a cover of this tune:
Dylan's mid career masterpiece closes out with this song and to me it always seemed tacked on whimsically.  After going through a ton of raw emotion with "Idiot Wind" and other tunes, Blood on the Tracks finishes with this ditty.  Honestly never one of my favorites, it acted more as a palate cleanser and a sweet one at that. 


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I am not aware of Mr. LaFave but a simple Google search lets me know that he is a Woody Guthrie disciple which would makes sense. A folk artist from the midwest LaFave has a distinct singing style. You can find out more info on him here.  
Thoughts on Cover:
Wow, this one shocked. As we mentioned this tune never did it for us, but LaFave and company really nail this one. Jimmy's phrasing is unique slamming words together then spreading them out at will. His backing musicians make a poetic, dramatic ambiance that adds gravity to a song we always thought of as flippant. If we were still giving grades in this cover series this would be an A+, different and dynamic, right up our alley.

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