Monday, April 27, 2020

Dylan Cover #425 Marc Stone "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" 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 Marc Stone playing "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry"

This month we have a special focus on artists who will be playing the 2020 Jazzfest in New Orleans. Today we highlight Marc Stone who plays this Friday, May 1st.

Unfortunately due to the outbreak of Covid19, Jazzfest has been rescheduled for October (no official date as of yet). Hopefully all of the scheduled acts are healthy and will be performing then, but since we crafted these posts before the outbreak, RtBE will still post them this month and will regroup/revisit things in the fall when (hopefully) things return to semi-normal.

Update: the 2020 version of Jazzfest has been officially canceled

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
One of my favorite titled songs in the Dylan catalog, for some reason the title just nails an elusive feeling and perfectly works with the tune. Also contains multiple epic lines, my favorite being "I wanna be your lover babe/I don't wanna be your boss", AMEN brother Bob.  A pretty straight forward blues number musically that lends itself to cover attempts, leading to...


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE was unaware of Marc Stone until we heard this tune, but hope to catch some of his playing on Friday.

Thoughts on Cover:
We opened this monthly showcase of 2020 Jazzfest artists covering Dylan with a live tune from Tipitina's and we end this months showcase the same way.  Where the Honey Island Swamp Band grew to invite Alvin Youngblood Hart out to join the fun, Stone goes small and played a solo show opening for The Radiators back in 2017 at the venue during the Daze Between Jazzfest weekends. A great solo version of the tune.

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