Monday, March 11, 2019

Dylan Cover #366 R.L. Burnside "Everything Is Broken"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by RL Burnside playing "Everything Is Broken"

This month we are doing another special focus in RtBE's Dylan Covers series. In the past we have highlighted The ByrdsCoulson-Dean-McGuiness-FlintThe HolliesJoan OsbourneMountain and more. Now the spotlight shines on The Blues for our Masters series with a focus on the Tangled Up In Blues Songs: Songs of Bob Dylan release

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
If Bob wasn't the Bard "Everything Is Broken" would just be another tossed off song. However, is anything with Dylan just simply tossed off? Well..yeah...this song certainly feels tossed off to me...sorry. Oh Mercy is a hell of an album, one of Dylan's classics, and this song is fine, it just can't even stand close to any of his all-time gems, not remotely close. One of the reasons I started this cover series was to show how amazing The Bard's songs are in just about anyone's hands, but if the original of this tune was written by Joe Schmo would people think it was great, or is it just the Dylan name that gives it clout?  


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE has dug Burnside's backwoods blues rumble since the first time we heard it. Like Hooker he is a simple blues man but the repetition can bring unexpected rewards. We reviewed his sons album, fairly recently and dig his overall sound, style and panache.

Thoughts on Cover:
Continuing our blues focus this month Burnside partners with organ, and moving drums to deliver his plain as day vocal delivery. Not all the parts seem to match up (the low end production sound is not really working to these ears) but the thin guitar solo is a winner about 3:45 in. We are glad we got to include Burnside in this month as his style of blues isn't for everyone but we dig him.

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