Monday, October 12, 2020

Dylan Cover #449 Rayland Baxter "To Ramona" 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 Rayland Baxter playing "To Ramona"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
"To Ramona" is on the personal quotient of Another Side of Bob Dylan as Dylan balanced political works like "Chimes of Freedom" with more intimate and humorous songs. That album is transitional while possessing some amazing songs and a lot which show the breezy greatness of Dylan. "To Ramona" in particular was recorded in one session as Dylan used a Mexican folk song for inspiration and his personal relationship with Joan Baez apparently as the lyrical topic. While the song seems so easy for Dylan, thousands of songwriters would kill for some of these stanzas, a really dynamite, if understated, tune.  


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is our first time coming across Rayland Baxter

Thoughts on Cover:
One of the cool things about more modern music is the breaking down of genres and Dylan was at the fore front of that influencing Gospel, Country, Folk, Rock all influenced and Baxter exemplifies this. The acoustic live cover is well down and sounds great. 

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