Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Live Review: Thurston Moore Band 5/20/17 Williamsburg

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!

It is of RTBE Personal Favorite Thurston Moore and his groups live show in Brooklyn the other night. Music Hall of Williamsburg is a great venue, but this act is built for bigger spaces as the music was LOUD.

Feedback was screeching, Shelley's drums were pounding...it was grand! The group is really locked in and we love their newest release Rock N Roll Consciousnesses. It is probably our favorite thing Thurston has been a part of since Rather Ripped and that is saying something.

Support the artist, buy the album and peep some video below, unfortunately the only clips online from the night reviewed is Feedback, which Glide already posted;

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bleached Release New EP, Can You Deal?

Somehow we missed this one, but earlier this year one of our favorite new acts Bleached put out a new EP titled Can You Deal?
You can download it digitally or through bandcamp from their site. Their last album was a damn good one and we ranked it high on our year end list, as it made the top five. We dig the new one as well.

We are looking forward to the next full length but this is a great stop gap for us. 

And we got some video below of the first single and title track of the EP:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Enjoy Memorial Day, Have a BBQ!

Enjoy Memorial Day, Have a BBQ!

We wished the Bard a Happy 76th birthday recently so we are taking Memorial Day off from our Dylan Cover series. Enjoy the unofficial start of summer with a Hardcore'Q

No Redeeming Social Value Style...


Or Murphy's Law Style...

Have fun, stay safe. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Full Show Friday: Sleater-Kinney 2015 Washington DC

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Sleater-Kinney!
This is turning out to be a good month of Full Show Friday's as we have a pro-shot, pro-sound Sleater-Kinney show from 2015 this week on tap. We loved their come back album and rated it high in our best of the year for 2015. While we weren't super pumped on the live album from the tour, this live video is killer. Thanks to NPR for posting it and capturing a great night of music from the classic band.

Full setlist below the video. Enjoy:


SET LIST Price Tag - 0:40 Start Together - 4:36 Fangless - 7:11 Oh! - 10:59 Surface Envy - 14:54 Get Up - 18:02 Ironclad - 21:45 No Anthems - 24:23 Youth Decay - 28:13 What's Mine Is Yours - 30:57 A New Wave - 36:03 No Cities To Love - 39:48 One Beat - 42:46 Words And Guitar - 45:54 Bury Our Friends - 48:34 Sympathy - 52:20 Entertain - 56:21 Jumpers - 1:01:46 ENCORE Gimme Love - 1:07:24 Little Babies - 1:10:04 Turn It On - 1:12:20 Modern Girl - 1:15:02 Dig Me Out - 1:17:50

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Downtown Boys Record Coming Soon, Listen To "A Wall" Now

The angry punk rocking band from Providence, RI the Downtown Boys have a new album on the horizon. The group signed to Sub-Pop and will be releasing Cost Of Living on August 11th.
Lots of groups have written albums angry with the current political climate, but Downtown Boys were already outspoken politically on the last album of their we reviewed back in 2015 so we can only imagine the anger with which they come through this time.

You can stream the new song "A Wall" below or at their bandcamp site. You can also pre-order the vinyl or any other form at their bandcamp as well.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Live Review:Gov't Mule/Chris Robinson Brotherhood Summerstage, NYC 5/11/17

Gov't Mule
Chris Robinson Band
Summerstage, NYC 5/11/17

On a night that felt more like summer than spring the jamband double bill was well attended with an overflow crowd parking themselves on the Central Park lawns. Opening the show and promoting their upcoming release were the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

With their last record The Black Crowes really showed off their Band and Grateful Dead influences and now with Robinson's solo project it is clear that he was a driving force behind that. Each song during their opening set was fluid and shuffling, just like some of the best Dead songs in their catalog. While not able to jam them out for long, you get the feeling the tracks were prepared with just that in mind.

"Tomorrow's Blues" was a fine example over this style, never in a hurry to go much of anywhere, waltzing around gracefully in the summer sun. A newer song, "Blue Star Woman" continued the lazy pace with a piano intro and mid song break down before seguing excellently into jamming out for version of "California Hymn" that found Neal Casal's guitar leading the way and possessed clear flashes of "Shakedown Street". The band closed their short set with "Narcissus Soaking Wet" that allowed Robinson to get into story mode before seguing into "Shore Power", a perfect soundtrack to a New York City summer night.

Gov't Mule was actually celebrating it's 2000th show in their adopted hometown and would invite some guests out later in the night, but first the band warmed up with some of their hard rocking blues. The group also has a new record out titled Revolution Come...Revolution Go and featured a few tracks from it, but the group started of with heavy combo of "World Boss" off of Shout! from 2013 and "Brand New Angel" from High & Mighty,

Scaling it back for "About To Rage" the group lost the head of steam they built up by incorporating more wandering solos and less powerful singing from front-man Warren Haynes. The old school groove lead by Matt Abts powerful drumming took the lead on "Rocking Horse" while the instrumental "Birth of The Mule" also worked. The band really pushed it up when the sun went down though with the powerful "Game Face" and extremely effecting "Banks Of The Deep End".  

The highlight of the night came when the band brought out Casal on guitar along with surprise harmonica player Bruce Willis to burn through a solid take of the blues classic "Key To The Highway". With Warren revving up his slide guitar and wonderful organ work from Danny Louis the group was locked in and the guests augmented things perfectly  Finishing their set with their burning theme song "Mule" and encoring with "Dreams & Songs finished the night as grateful fans filled out into the New York Night.
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Support both bands and peep some live video from the show below:




Happy 76th Birthday Bob Dylan

No one has ever been better. Happy 76th Birthday Robert Allen Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan.
Enjoy a few of his best songs:




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Album Review: BJ Wilbanks- BJ Wilbanks

BJ Wilbanks
S/T
***and1/2 out of *****

The first full length, self titled release from the Georgia based sing/songwriter BJ Wilbanks is a strong mix of retro soul and Americana that instantly grabs the listener. Reminiscent of past sounds but also confidently striding forward

Right from the opening notes of "Healin' My Blues" the confidence of Wilbanks shines through. The crisp horns, firm rhythm section and soulful crooning from the front man are powerful. This tune is an album highlight from the start, but things stay strong with "Tied Up & Twisted" and the excellent confessional "I Can't Help It" which sounds like a Stax Records outtake from the labels glory days.

His sound is clearly devoted to R&B acts of the late 50's early 60's but there are modern day contemporaries who also float in these same retro soul waters such as St. Paul & The Broken Bones who Wilbanks shares a cohesive sound. Like Paul Janeway of that band, Wilbanks solid vocals float on top of and when needed cut through the strong production and musicality of the songs here.

The piano led, harmonica added slow ramble of "Livin' Off The Land" is a more polished field song in the vein of William Elliott Whitmore and "My Whole Life" ends the record on a touching somber tone. Being a first release there are a few tracks that don't hold up as well as the best tracks. "Change Your Mind" contains some great wah-wah guitar, yet the overall effort drags in the middle while "Cui Bono?" moves towards the rock/blues and doesn't contain the power of the more soul orientated offerings.

However, this self titled release is a clear success, capturing a warm sound and an emotive singer who inhabits his songs. Wilbanks categorizes his own sound as "Back Porch Soul", that is a fairly accurate description and if he keeps putting out albums as solid as this one his houses back porch is going to be getting a whole lot larger.
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Support the artist, buy the album and peep some video below:



And as a bonus check out his cover of one of RtBE's favorite all time songs:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dylan Cover #277 Banjo Nick "One More Cup Of Coffee" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover from Banjo Nick and it is a version of "One More Cup Of Coffee" 

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Bob's story tunes seemed to crest on Desire and "One More Cup Of Coffee" fits in the Western/Biblical/Mystical motif of both "Isis" and "Romance In Durango" but puts fourth a more ominous feel then either. Singing with Emmylou Harris on the original recording a haunting combo of voices which gets along perfectly with violins and other rag tag players from the sessions.
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Not much info on Banjo Nick, here is his facebook page and there is an interview with him on Youtube as well.
Thoughts on Cover:
This one isn't perfect but we like the live and freewheeling nature of it. The banjo is a nice touch for this track and works excellently here.   

Friday, May 19, 2017

Full Show Friday: De La Soul & Rhythm All Stars 2010 Jazzfestival Montreux

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...De La Soul & Rhythm All Stars!
This is a damn good show for Friday and it starts off hot as hell! Not much of an intro this week, we want to dive right into this banging set, "Pass The Plugs" with a full soul band?!? Sign us up!  

Sure we were disappointed by De La Soul's last effort, but this show makes up for it. Get in there and Enjoy:


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tedeschi Trucks Band Announce 2017 Beacon Residency

Now that The Allman Brothers are done touring the Tedeschi Trucks Band has taken over the mantle of Peakin' At The Beacon.

The group recently announced they will be playing six shows in October this year with a variety of openers and guests checking in through out their run. This will be the seventh year the band will play the venue and will celebrate their 25th show there in style on 10/11/17.

We have caught the band the last two years at the Beacon now and enjoy every single show, the players are tight and exhilarating. Below are some video from past Beacon shows from the band, and under that is all the ticket information. We hope to see you one the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the fall.


2017 TTB BEACON THEATER SHOW INFORMATION:
Fri Oct. 6 With Greyhounds showtime 8pm
Sat Oct. 7 Two sets, no opener showtime 8pm
Tue Oct. 10 With The Wood Brothers showtime 7:30pm
Wed Oct. 11 “TTB & Friends – 25th Beacon Show”
w/ special guests and North Mississippi Allstars showtime 7:30pm
Fri Oct.13 Two sets, no opener showtime 8pm
Sat Oct.14 Two sets, no opener showtime 8pm

Tickets on sale to the general public, Friday, May 12 at 10:00am. Tickets are priced at $49.50, $85.50, $126.00 plus applicable fees. There will a limited number of TTB Beacon Balcony seats at $29.50 which is inclusive of all fees. In addition, a specially priced 6-night ticket package will also be available. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Album Review: Los Colognes- The Wave

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!

It is of Los Colognes newest release The Wave. This one surprised us. It really isn't something we would normally go for, but this Nashville band won us over with their bright shiny sounds. Another thing, that album cover is perfectly representative of the sounds that is encases. Think early 80's pop and you are half way home. 

The whole things smells a touch hipster-y but in the end it really is about the music and The Wave delivers. Support the band, read the review, buy the album and peep some video below:


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Live Review: North Mississippi Allstars 5/11/17 Bowery Ballroom

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of the North Mississippi Allstars live show from last Thursday night at the Bowery Ballroom. Alvin Youngblood Hart opened the show as well, so it was a full on night of blues.

The NMAS has improved their live show dramatically since we caught them last in '12 and it is basically due to Luther completely owning the front-man role now. He will never have an amazing voice, but his style, showmanship and singing have vastly improved. No longer is he jsut a great guitarist, he is a a great blues man, and he will only get better with age.

Fun show, support the band, catch them live, read the review, and peep some video below:



 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dylan Cover #276 Tatiana Moroz "Masters Of War"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Tatiana Moroz playing "Masters of War"
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
Ranking as one of his most accusatory and cutting tracks Dylan condemns the whole "war machine" on this classic and vital song (the "hope that you die" line is so facking cold, it is brutal). Often misrepresented as an attack on war itself (Dylan always said he wasn't a pacifist) this track calls out the government for using war-as-business (the Cold War in Particular) and business-as-war models when lives are put on the line for meaningless reasons. As alive and burning now as it was in 1962 when he wrote it.
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is the first we heard of Ms. Moroz and she has a huge voice. She is a self described Singer, Songwriter, Revolutionary and she has a fascinating bio. A folk singer with a voice this strong is worth hearing no matter what she is singing.  

Thoughts on Cover:
Just so happens she is singing one fo the most powerful songs ever written. As we mentioned, Moroz's voice is a beast and she uses it all over the place on this cover. It is dramatic and fluctuates with power, this is a solid cover in this Monday series.  

Friday, May 12, 2017

Full Show Friday: Trampled By Turtles 2013 @ Pizza Luce

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Trampled By Turtles!
Still recovering a bit from our southern adventure at Jazzfest, we are keeping it light and airy for this week, all though in bluegrass circles these fellows play pretty damned hard. We are going back to 2013 for a full Trampled By Turtles show from their hometown of Duluth, MN. There are a few interviews in the show as it was recorded for Public Access TV in their home state. 

We were slightly disappointed in the last Trampled By Turtles disk we reviewed, but they are fun for a live show and fit well for this Full Show Friday.

Enjoy:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Japandroids Keep Touring, Playing Brooklyn In October

The Canadian rock and roll duo Japandroids are continuing their world tour with a fall leg on the back of their most recent release, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life.

The group will be touring with the Cloud Nothings in the fall. We caught them the last time they were in NYC, having Craig Finn as the opener. This time around the band will play Brooklyn Steel on October 26th, tickets go on sale this Friday.  

We liked the newest release from the band, but not as much as their last album. However, there is no denying the group is killer live, so grab tickets and check them out. Until then, peep some video below:



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Album Review: Marco Pave- Welcome To Grc Land

Marco Pave
Welcome To Grc Land
***and1/2 out of ****

The young MC Marco Pave has expertly crafted a gripping debut album that is immersed in the past present and future of his hometown of Memphis, TN. Even the title speaks to the state of affairs as Pave has mentioned leaving "Graceland" without any vowels, "because the Grace is broken".

This is a full on concept album from teh bright new voice that grapples with the current cultural climate (including but not limited to: religion, protesting, struggling families, racism) as various impactful interludes remind you where exactly you are, 2017 Memphis, a complicated place and time. Pave is breathlessly confident whether he is dealing with killings, the police or social injustice and on "One Hunnid" he comes out blazing.

He increases the speed and direction with "Let Me Go" an album standout that manages to mix a sobering story about being treated as insignificant, a gospel church choir and his fiercest rapping on the album successfully. There is a lot going on on all of these tracks and immersing in the full album flow is needed for optimal enjoyment.    

"Hood Obit" wonders about the lasting impact and what people will say and guest MC Dutchess steals the track about her working to raise to children. The song also contains a flaw in the album, while he brings in help for choruses (notably Zandria F Robinson) his singing and R&B tendencies need work.

What doesn't need any help is the design and production of the disk; even though it is 17 tracks long, it is never stagnant. Sons flow in and out with the quickness, built around, riffs, huge backing vocals and slapping beats. The production is top notch, incorporating the blues and rock history of the towns past with its hip hop present. "Gun Barrel" pumps hard, "Sacrfice" paints a scene around haunting keys, "Stupid Dhuum" slows down the pace to a crawl, "Neck Off" amps the tough guy swagger, while "Hold Us Down" is anthemic with its rebellious power.

The albums interludes are sequenced reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quests Midnight Marauders but are much more vital to the overall album in the way Solange used them to add depth to Seat At The Table. It is the combo of these real world tales that are woven into musically fresh sounds with lyrical dexterity, all addressing massive issues that elevates Welcome To Grc Land and will push Pave directly onto the national scene.    
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Support the artist, buy the album, stream it for a limited time on NPR, peep some video below:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Album Review: Heavy Tiger - Glitter

Heavy Tiger
Glitter
***and 1/2 out of *****

The Swedish power trio Heavy Tiger have put out their second record, Glitter and it is a blast of throwback 80's glam rock that starts pumping from the first notes.

It is almost as if Maja Linn Samuelsson (Vocals, Guitar), Sara Frendin (Bass, Vocals), Astrid Carsbring (Drums, Vocals) never knew the last 30 years have transpired when it comes to music or the cultural climate as their sound is rooted deeply in the gluttonous over-the-top excess decade of the 80's, The opening track and first single "I Go For The Cheap Ones" is an album high point right from the jump with its kick ass sultry swagger.

From there the album stays hot with a collection of tracks that are made almost strictly for their sing along choruses. Each tune builds to a catchy phrase that gets repeated over the arena ready drums guitars and bass. "Shake" has links to The Donnas by way of The Darkness while "No Tears In Tokyo" almost goes a ballad route but still manages to shoehorn a mega chorus into the mix. 

"The Only Way Is Up" piles on the cliches while "Downer and a Sunny Day" puts extra snarl into the vocal delivery. The tracks get a bit wobbly with "Keeper of the Flame" which tries to amp up the style and move things around while "Starshaped Badge and Gun Shy" seems like the most upbeat anti-cop song ever recorded. 

The album ends upbeat though with the punk-ish "Jemma" and the big drums of "Devil May Care" keeping things vibrant and alive until the final notes. If you are in the mod for straight up rock and roll that recalls crazy nights on the Sunset Strip from decades long gone, check out Glitter with your big hair, spandex and Gibson Flying V.
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Thanks to Mike for turning us on to this one, it is a fun album. Support the group, buy the album and peep some video below:


Monday, May 8, 2017

Dylan Cover #275 Brittany Campbell "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live acoustic cover by Brittany Campbell of the Dylan tune "Rainy Day Women #12 & #35"
Thoughts On Original:
From the first time we highlighted someone covering this tune:
The first song on the iconic Blonde on Blonde "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" is an anthem for a generation...to do what with, is up for debate. Stoned in the head or stoned by the masses up to you to decide. Whatever your thoughts on the lyrics and meaning it can't be argued that Bob is having fun which doesn't always come across on his studio releases. The "Salvation Army" style horns and marching is a hoot but not made for everyday consumption. Truth be told, the song is normally skipped when I am listening to the album, I like opening Blonde on Blonde better with "Pledging My Time" and rarely listen to this track.
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist
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I have never heard of Ms. Campbell before but a quick search brings back that she is an incredibly talented Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Artist. She has a bandcamp page, and maybe most impressive is her animations for her own songs on her youtube page.

Thoughts on Cover:Wow, it is finds like this that make us continue this Monday series. What seems like a quirky off the cuff cover is fantastic. Acoustic, Rhythmic, Amazing. We spent some time checking out all of Brittany's music on her various sites and you should as well. This cover was just the beginning of this talented artist. We mentioned we don't like this song, but we sure as hell dig this version.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Full Show Friday: Lake Street Dive 909 In The Studio Live

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Lake Street Dive!
Every April (and now May) we have a special showcase for bands who are playing this years Jazzfest in NOLA. Today we will focus on Lake Street Dive who will be playing the Gentilly Stage in a few hours...

Well since we are at the fest, why not extend this focus to today? As Lake Street Dive will be playing today on the Gentilly Stage in a few hours. We can't wait to catch them, this interview and mini live set is a great introduction to them as an act.

RtBE's friend Corinne turned us on to the group and they are def one to catch up/keep an eye on as their mix of Americana, blues, soul etc is engaging. Pro Shot - Pro Sound in the studio this mini live set is worth your time on this Friday...unless of course you are with us at the festival then come watch them live with us.

Enjoy:
   

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Second Weekend of Jazzfest Starts Today, Stream It!

The best festival in America kicks off it's second weekend today and hopefully you are attending. If you can not get to the Big Easy for The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalWWOZ has the answer.

You can stream the festival through their website. This is one of the best radio channels in the country, so you should pop in and stream them regularly, but this weekend is a must if you can't be there.

Below are some highlights from the last weekend at the fairgrounds. Enjoy (and next year get your ass there!)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Album Review: Thurston Moore - Rock N Roll Consciousness

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of one of RtBE's Personal Favorites, Thurston Moore and it is a fantastic slice of expanded art rock. Easily the best thing that Moore has released since his Sonic Youth Days, Rock N Roll Consciousness is pure bliss. 

We love this record, expect it to show up during the year end review on the plus side of the ledger. We are also pumped to see him live later this month at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, we will review that show as well. 

Until then, support the artist, read the review, buy the album and peep some video below:



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Album Review: Trombone Shorty - Parking Lot Symphony

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Trombone Shorty's newest release Parking Lot Symphony. We have been fans of Shorty's since we first saw him 9 years ago, he is a whirlwind of funky sound on the live stage, but his studio albums have always been a lacking in structure and song writing. He has worked hard to improve that, but what still shines brightest are his instrumentals and covers. 

A solid album and we can't wait to catch him in NOLA this weekend at Jazzfest and elsewhere around the quarter.  

Support the artist, buy the album and peep some video below:



Monday, May 1, 2017

Dylan Cover #274 Kenny Wayne Shepard "Everything Is Broken"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Kenny Wayne Shepard doing a cover of "Everything Is Broken" 
This month (and the first of May) we have a special focus on Artists who will be playing the 2017 Jazzfest in New Orleans. Today we highlight country music singer Kenny Wayne Shepard who will close out The Blues Tent this Saturday May 6th

Thoughts on Original:
If Bob wasn't the Bard "Everything Is Broken" would just be another tossed off song. However, is anything with Dylan just simply tossed off? Well this song certainly feels tossed off to me...sorry. Oh Mercy is a hell of an album, one of Dylan's classics, and this song is fine, it just can't even stand close to any of his all-time gems, not remotely close. One of the reasons I started this cover series was to show hoe amazing The Bard's songs are in just about anyone's hands, but if the original of this tune was written by Joe Schmoe would people think it was great, or is it just the Dylan name that gives it clout?  

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Thoughts on Cover Artist:
The Louisiana native Kenny Wayne Shepard has been on the scene since he could strum, playing electric blues all over the country. We actually saw him live waaaay back in the day on one of his first tours and liked his style but never really jumped on board. There is no doubting though that he can play that guitar.  
Thoughts on Cover:
A fine cover of a pretty straight ahead dull song. With these tracks, lesser known Dylan tunes, we always enjoy it when an artist goes radically different with their cover. KWS didn't do that, this is straight ahead, and perfectly played, but nothing earth shattering.