Monday, September 24, 2018

Bob Dylan Cover #343 Phil Shackleton "What Good Am I?" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Phil Shackleton 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:
This is the first RtBE is hearing of Phil Shackleton, he seems to be a musical completest, recording, engineering, arraigning, scoring, etc etc.

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a very moving emotional cover from Mr. Shackleton. Played confidently and sung powerfully, this is an excellent addition to RtBE's ongoing cover series. Dylan Cover Monday's has seen two powerful live acoustic offerings these past two weeks, and RtBE will shift gears a bit for a special treat next month...stay tuned.

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