Monday, October 31, 2022

Dylan Cover #554 Patterson Hood & Jay Gonzalez "Blind Willie McTell"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Patterson Hood & Jay Gonzalez playing "Blind Willie McTell"

This month we are doing another special focus in RtBE's Dylan Covers series. In the past we have highlighted The ByrdsCoulson-Dean-McGuiness-FlintThe HolliesJoan OsbourneMountainBetty LeVette , Reggae Covers and many more.

This month we highlight Dylan...Revisited for a full month of Dylan Covers.

Thoughts on Dylan's Original: 
(From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune)
Ahh...the forgotten masterpieceThis is the song that confirms that Dylan's outtakes are better then most artists best efforts.  Left off of Infidels and to this day only Dylan himself knows why, it was discovered by most via the amazing Bootleg Series 1-3.  There are few better then this haunting jaunt through East Texas, and including it on that 1983 record would have solidified a mixed release.  The lyrics seem to burn into your ears as the playing is up to the task as well.  Gorgeous all over.


Thoughts on Cover Artist: 
RtBE rate Hood and Gonzalez incredibly highly. The duo play in Drive-By Truckers, one of the best American Bands of all-time. We love DBT's albums, rating them in our end of decade look back and in 2020 as well. Also really dug Jay's solo album released last year.  

Thoughts on Cover:
A cover that builds but moves at a slightly brisker pace. Patterson sings the haunting words while Gonzalez builds the sonic structure around him. Good but not quite great to these ears. Would still love to hear DBT tackle this live. 


  1. Amazing information providing by your article, thank you so much for taking the time to share a wonderful article.

  2. This is the song that confirms that Dylan's outtakes are better then most artists best efforts.
    download apk