Monday, November 3, 2014

Dylan Cover #162 Joshua Hyslop "Shelter From The Storm" 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 Joshua Hyslop 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:
Like a lot of artists in this ongoing series I had not heard of Joshua Hyslop before listening to this cover. He is a Canadian Folk Singer and you can find out more about him here.
Thoughts on Cover:
An excellent delicate cover of this in the live acoustic setting. Accompanied by a cello thats adds some undertones, Hyslop's picking is nuanced and free. What stands out are his breathy vocals though as he exhales his way through the tune. Different then the original but a fine approach and obviously one the ladies in the audience loved.

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