Monday, March 4, 2024

Dylan Cover #621 Lisa Bastoni "Workingman's Blues #2"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Lisa Bastoni playing "Workingman's Blues #2"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
One of Dylan's late career highlights, "Workingman's Blues #2" first appeared on Modern Times and was a stunning reminder of how Dylan can just completely nail it sometimes. The ease with which the piano and song flows out reminds of Dylan's best work, as if the song has always been there and he is just breathing it into existence at this time and place. It owes a debt to Merle Haggard, the Civil War, poet Henry Timrod and thousands of others, but is perfectly Dylan when it comes to the lyrics which bounce all over. A folk song, mistitled a blues song, for the workingman that feels aloof, pure Dylan

I may have been a bit down on the music of Modern Times in my original review (I have softened my stance a bit), but I was right about "Workingman's Blues #2", it stands with the greatest songs he has ever produced.   


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE is new to Lisa Bastoni who is a Massachusetts based singer songwriter. 

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a fantastic cover of a lesser played Dylan song. Bastoni nails it sonically and sings fantastically. A great cover of a great tune. 

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