Monday, January 29, 2024

Dylan Cover #616 Jim Condie's Distant Cousins "Po' Boy"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Jim Condie's Distant Cousins playing "Po' Boy"

Jazzy January has invade Mondays! All this month we will check out various artists covering Dylan with a jazz vibe.

Thoughts on Original:
There are many wonderful things about Dylan's late career masterpiece Love & Theft, and close to the top of the list is the humor and cheeseball lines he manages to pull off throughout the album. "Po' Boy" has quite a few of both and at first sounds tossed off and silly, and that is a good part of the songs charm. Feeling slight, but leaving a shuffling trail of smiles behind, the playful Dylan keep things light and funny; I mean he delivers a knock-knock joke in the song! "Po' Boy" is a tough one to dislike, but the songs combo of humor and hidden depth mean it is also quintessential Dylan, which makes it less than ideal to cover.  


Thoughts on artist:
This is RtBE's first time hearing Jim Condie's Distant Cousins. Jim is an artist based in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France.

Thoughts on the cover:
A very good take on the song that manages to stay fairly close to the vest while inserting a trumpet solo (I bet Bob would dig that) while also getting the vibe right. Nice work.

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