Monday, September 5, 2022

Dylan Cover #546 Pat Nevins "Union Sundown" 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 Pat Nevins playing "Union Sundown"

Thoughts on Original:
From what has become an annual tradition here and here:
Wanted to pick this one for Labor Day as it is Dylan's take on the lack of US manufacturing jobs as well as the increasing flux of capitalism in society and the death of unions.  The idea of greed taking over is nothing new, but this song seems to come from an impulsive Dylan (a lot do) and shows up on Infidel's of which Dylan has commented something along the lines of "Those songs stuck around too long".  Ideas seem to be a bit jumbled on this disk, but not on this tune, his lament at no good paying job for American workers is clear, but he isn't passing the buck.  It is all of HIS products that are foreign made, this isn't a plea for change as a younger Dylan might have done; it is a simple statement of fact...and a sad one at that.  Having grown up in a extremely pro-Labor house hold I just wanted to point this tune out and the fact that Dylan wrote it almost 30 years ago, and things have only gotten worse... Happy Labor Day....


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is the first time we are hearing Pat Nevins. 

Thoughts on Cover:
A straight ahead acoustic cover with a bit of Bob impersonation tossed in for effect. Nevins guitar work picks up steam with some excellent soloing as the song progresses. 

Enjoy your Labor Day!

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