Monday, June 25, 2018

Dylan Cover #330 Guy Davis "Sweetheart Like You"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Guy Davis playing "Sweetheart Like You" 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
All of the songs on Infidels  stuck around to long in the Bards brain (which we talked about before). While "Jokerman" overwhelms as a rambling waterfall of a song the first time you hear it, "Sweetheart Like You" is clear evidence of that fact that things were left to simmer on the stove longer then needed. It is a mix of condescension, sexy, sexist, insecure and scattered. In fact those things make for an amazing Dylan tune, but in this case I don't feel it really adds up to a classic or much of a very good song at all.  


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Guy Davis is an American blues artist who comes from acting royalty, but we were not hip to his music before hearing his covering of this tune. Will have to check out more of his performances.

Thoughts on Cover:
A groovy rolling blues take of the original. Slowed down and enunciated variously throughout, gruff to smooth and sultry. The fluctuation of singing can keep the groove  of the music from really taking hold but it is cool to hear Davis searching for what he feels is the perfect singing style for each line. 

Also it needs to be mentioned that with the USA's current political climate more than ever this couplet from the song hits home:

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