Monday, August 17, 2015

Dylan Cover # 197 Louise Hoffsten "What Good Am I?"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Louise Hoffsten and is a live cover of "What Good Am I?" 

Thought's on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Coming on the heels of Dylan's most powerful song in decades "What Good Am I?" can get lost on Oh Mercy, but the track is a sorrowful sweet plea. Slow and deliberate, questioning like the Louisiana night that may have inspired it. Dylan's vocal performance may not be his best but at the heart of it this is a really powerful song.  Not one of his better known tracks, but a goodie all the same. Simple and slow, direct without hidden agenda's (I think) all of which is a bit unique for Bob.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I have not heard of Louise Hoffsten before this cover. She is a blues singer from Sweden and you can find more info on her here.
Thoughts on Cover:
Hoffsten sings this well and it is a nice if understated rendition of Dylan's song. There is some excellent harmonizing going on here, but the musicians outside of Hoffsten's harp are pretty nondescript. The most interesting part of the video is the cuts to Dylan himself watching the performance and offering zero reaction. Pretty funny.   

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