Monday, April 24, 2023

Dylan Cover #578 The Staple Singers "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by The Staple Singers playing " A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall"

All April (and the first week of May) RtBE focuses our Monday Dylan Cover Series on artists who are playing this years New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Today is Mavis Staples who plays the festival this Friday April 28th

Thoughts on Original
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Dylan singing from a position of fear as he poetically discusses the Cuban Missile Crisis and the possibility of Nuclear annihilation. Dylan also mentioned in Chronicles that the song was inspired by a feeling he got when reading microfiche newspapers in the New York Public Library: "After a while you become aware of nothing but a culture of feeling, of black days, of schism, evil for evil, the common destiny of the human being getting thrown off course. It’s all one long funeral song." An apt description and a powerful song from a young songwriter.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Long time favorites of RtBE, Mavis and The Staple Singers are American treasures. We have reviewed multiple albums from Mavis, seen her live a few times and really enjoy her spirit, voice and presence. 

Thoughts on Cover:
This is obviously cheating a little bit as just Mavis is playing Jazzfest, but she is singing lead here with Pervis. It is a strong song and repetition of the music drives that home, while not a personal favorite it is solid. Unfortunately we will be missing this Friday the 28th at Jazzfest, but if you are there make sure you check out Mavis.      

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