Monday, March 30, 2020

Dylan Cover #421 Ed Butler Band "Wicked Messenger" 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 Ed Butler Band of "The Wicked Messenger"
RtBE couldn't find any images of the band but this flower came up so we used it. 
Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
A breezy musical number (only 2 minutes long) with some biblical lyrics which actually foreshadow Dylan's religious musical phase that would arrive in the late 70's/early 80's "The Wicked Messenger" has a cool bass line to match the acoustic guitar. Like most of John Wesley Harding there is a mellow mood that tends to play down the lyrics and even masks the fire and brimstone a bit. The song has seemed to pop up every few tours and can usually be found towards the ends of sets, playing the roll of up-tempo-get-down track. Live versions certainly have improved the tracks standing in my mind from the original.
Cover Tune:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Can't even find a picture of Ed Butler Band online, so we clearly have never heard them before.
Brian Butler - Bass and Mark Ferraro - Drums round out the band.

Thoughts on Cover:
A pretty solid live dirty blues cover, which if the buzz was removed would be a favorite of ours.  The fun video helps as well.  

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