Monday, April 1, 2024

Dylan Cover #625 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band "Girl from the North Country"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band covering "Girl From the North Country".

Every April (and first week of May) we have a special focus in our ongoing Monday Bob Dylan Cover Series on artists who will be playing Jazzfest in New Orleans. Today we highlight, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band who play the best festival in America on Saturday April 27th.   

Thoughts on Dylan's Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover version of this song:
A fun little number that connects Dylan with folk's past. I heard Simon and Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair" first when I was growing up so I have always been a bit more partial to that version of this old folk tune even though Dylan changed a bunch of stuff around (obviously) with his recording that appeared on The Freewheeling Bob Dylan. His duet with Johnny Cash that highlights Nashville Skyline is something else entirely, a major sonic effort that I love. On an album that saw so many massive tunes come flowing out of the bard this one can be overshadowed yet his first version of this track is just a sweet folk ditty that has aged very, very well.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE dig the Nitty Gritty and reviewed their cover album of Dylan for Glide a couple of years back. 

Thoughts on Cover:
An excellent version of this tune that adds layers of instrumentation, strong singing and never loses the mournful sense of the original. Perfectly done and a great way to kick off the month of focusing on artists playing Jazzfest who covered Dylan in the past. 

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