Monday, April 2, 2018

Dylan Cover #319 Sting "Girl From The North Country"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Sting covering "Girl From the North Country" 

This month we have a special focus on artists who will be playing the 2018 Jazzfest in New Orleans. Today we highlight one of the big draws, Sting who headlines The Acura Stage Friday, April 27th.   

Thoughts on Dylan's Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover version of this song:
A fun little number that connects Dylan with folk's past. I heard Simon and Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair" first when I was growing up so I have always been a bit more partial to that version of this old folk tune even though Dylan changed a bunch of stuff around (obviously) with his recording that appeared on The Freewheeling Bob Dylan. His duet with Johnny Cash that highlights Nashville Skyline is something else entirely, a major sonic effort that I love. On an album that saw so many massive tunes come flowing out of the bard this one can be overshadowed yet his first version of this track is just a sweet folk ditty that has aged very, very well.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We are not the biggest fans of Sting, in any of his incarnations...

Thoughts on Cover:
It is fine, simple acoustic. Not digging his over singing, but whatever...truthfully we wanted to get it out of the way for better covers this month as we get closer to Jazzfest. 

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