Monday, August 18, 2014

Dylan Cover #151 Mandolin Orange "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 Mandolin Orange 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:
Have not heard of Mandolin Orange before listening to this. they are an acoustic duo from Chapel Hill, NC and they sound just fine to these ears.
Thoughts on Cover:
A perfect Dylan song for a duet. Just perfect, yet I can't place hearing another duet version, I am sure there are some out there but obviously these lyrics are literally made for this. The group does an excellent job with the relationship dynamics and vocalizing. They do an even better job with the picking and playing. A really dope cover that makes me want to listen to it again the minutes it is finished, then go and find out more about Mandolin Orange.  


  1. Do you happen to know the chords they use? This version is just lovely

    1. there's a guitar tutorial on youtube for mandolin orange cover of this song