Monday, November 21, 2022

Dylan Cover #557 Ron Talley "Scarlet Town"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Ron Talley playing "Scarlet Town"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
While RtBE aren't huge fans of Tempest and "Scarlet Town" is dull on the album, repeating the musical phrases over and over again, it doesn't mean it is all bad, this is Bob Dylan after all. Bob and the band have revived the track somewhat on stage, injecting the song with life and have delivered some great live versions since it's release. This evolution also makes it ripe for artists to put their own stamp on the longer blues based tune with cryptic lyrics and a slow beat.  


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Ron Talley was featured once before in this series with his cover of "What Was It You Wanted"

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a unique acoustic cover that Ron seems to get inspiration from both Dylan and Tom Waits as he arraigned the song to combine verses and stanzas in a rambling fashion. He moves away from Dylan's twelve bar blues stylings to a more ramshackle feel.  An interesting take and worth hearing.  

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