Monday, March 30, 2015

Dylan Cover #182 Rivers Rubin "Thunder On The Mountain"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Rivers Rubin and is a live cover of "Thunder On The Mountain"  
Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The opening track on Dylan's 2006 album Modern Times, "Thunder On The Mountain" has all the ingredients of a classic; ingenious word play, a rhythmic backbone and some sweet fret work.  In my original review of Modern Times I quoted three sets of lyrics from this tune.  It is epic and fits in with the heavyweights of Dylan's past.  

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I am not familiar with Rivers Rubin, but he seems to be folk artist from Colorado who is playing currently in the Chicago area. Can find out more info about him here.
Thoughts on Cover:
I like these sorts of covers when the artist addresses a song and makes it his own. Theses songs aren't written in stone and sometimes the artists covering them are too reverent to the source material. I think Bob would probably get a kick out of hearing Rivers speed up only to be broken down effort. If anything it is certainly an original take on the track.  

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