Monday, January 12, 2015

Dylan Cover #172 Willis White "All Along The Watchtower" 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 Willis White playing "All Along The Watchtower"
Jazzy January has invade Mondays! All month we will check out covers of Dylan with a Jazz vibe, can you dig it daddy-o? 

Thoughts on Original:
From our first take on a cover of this:
There are certain songs we are surprised we missed cover versions of in the Bard's back catalog...but "All Along The Watchtower" isn't one of them.  There is a reason we haven't covered a cover version (confusing). As Wilson mentioned in his post back in cover #44 there is only one true version of this song...and that is Mr. Jimi's.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We were not familiar at all with Willis White before checking out this cover, but here is his facebook page.

Thoughts on Cover:
Starting with a reggae vibe adding subtle sax and going a bit scat, the jazz singer Willis White and crew give it a good live effort. Not sure we need 7+ minutes at this tempo but it is a fine live effort especially when the howling vocals match with electric guitar at the 4 minute mark.  

1 comment:

  1. Hello, this is Willis White here. Thanks for the discovery and review. I always appreciate the feedback.

    Just so you know, I was back visiting my hometown KC and a friend asked me to sub into this lineup days before. What you viewed was the band literally winging this song on a reggae lick. I took the lines of the song as they hit me and interpreted them with the music conversation of the band. The length came from the crowd response.

    I can only assume this song was inserted as a kind of a break from our straight up blues stuff (that we also winged in the rest of the set, feel free to check it out).

    Again, always appreciate the feedback and cheers to @RockBodyElec