Monday, April 30, 2018

Dylan Cover #323 Cage The Elephant "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Cage The Elephant performing a cover of "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" 

This month we have a special focus on Artists who will be playing the 2018 Jazzfest in New Orleans. Today we highlight, Cage The Elephant who close out the Gentilly Stage this Saturday, May 5th.   

Thoughts on Dylan's Original:
One of the staggering screeds from Dylan's early years is "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" which tells the heart breaking story of a 1963 murder. It brings politics, racism, wealth gaps, injustice, violence, separate worlds, hatred to the forefront in unflinching fashion. Sadly, this songs messages are still fucking relevant and a tracks like these are still being written in the last few years to address Trayvon Martin, Stephon Clark or thousands of other senselessly killed. A powerful song that makes every listener think and weep if they have ears and a conscience.   


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Cage The Elephant have been popular for a while and we reviewed their first album way back when (so long ago we can't find it online) and never thought that over a decade later they would be showcased at Jazzfest, closing out the 2nd biggest stage. Shows you what RtBE knows... 

Thoughts on Cover:
This is an engaging take on the song. We love when artists make Dylan's tracks their own and CtE does just that with a buzzing building background and vocals that are warm in your ear. It is hard to get away from the powerful words delivered in monotone while the sense of dread builds. A really cool cover. 

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