Monday, May 30, 2022

Dylan Cover #532 Slim Stevens, feat. Fenton, Monson, Kilby "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 Slim Stevens featuring Fenton, Monson and Kilby of "The Wicked Messenger"

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.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is the first time we are hearing Slim Stevens and crew. 

Thoughts on Cover:
There is a bit of a bland folk vibe to tart this cover, as if the folk mass band decided to get a bit crazy, but the backing ooh's add a bit of a haunting dimension to the song as Stevens sings it fairly straight ahead.  

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