Monday, November 19, 2018

Dylan Cover # 351 Stonehoney & Friends "I Shall Be Released" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Stonehoney Jimmy LaFave and Red Molly playing "I Shall Be Released"

Thoughts on Cover:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
"I Shall Be Released" has been covered by too many artists to count and with reason; it is a masterpiece. A simple song that will forever be etched in Rock Legend as it ended perhaps the best concert in rock history, The Last Waltz. The Band are always connected to the tune as Dylan wrote it during those amazing days playing with the group up at Big Pink in the Catskills and the group released it on their first album. Gospel in nature the song is about salvation that can be certain, and each listener (and performer) can add their own personal feelings into the sketch, perfect for covering, especially live to close a show with friends. 


Thoughts on Cover Artist: 
Stoneyhoney are a Austin, TX based band who we have not had the pleasure of hearing until today. Jimmy LaFave (who looks a lot like Terry Funk in that picture up there) was a folk singer originally from Stillwater, OK and Red Molly are an Americana roots rock trio from right here in the state of NY. 

Thoughts on Cover:
Well it is that time of year, this past weekend we managed to catch The Complete Last Waltz live at the Capital Theater and this week brings with it Thanksgiving so The Band's final concert is basically on full time at RtBE headquarters. What better Dylan song for our cover series this week then the finale of that amazing show?

As for this version, Stonehoney Lafave and Red Molly are all on point and do an excellent job with a folksie acoustic take on the oft covered number.   

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