Monday, April 8, 2024

Dylan Cover #626 Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton & Lee Ann Womack - "Gotta Serve Somebody"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton & Lee Ann Womack - "Gotta Serve Somebody"

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 Chris Stapleton who plays the festival this Saturday April 27th

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
This powerful call of hell-fire and brimstone rained down from the mountaintop as Dylan proclaimed his faith proudly, and this was the first song that most of the public heard confirming the fact that Bob did indeed "Go Jesus". It is point and fact with its belief and message. You gotta serve somebody... can't be simpler then that when it comes to faith can it? The original has a driving beat and a propulsion to it that sounds urgent, but not as urgent as Bob sings, reinforcing the proclamation through his powerful lyrics and leaving no man or woman on the sidelines...he brings everyone into this spiritual battle, and whatever your beliefs it is impossible not to feel Bob is committed as he runs through the verses and chorus.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Some heavyweights of country music on this one with Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton & Lee Ann Womack. RtBE dig on Willie the most of this crew, but all are solid. 

Thoughts on Cover:
Super slow intro, adds a haunting 'end of days' feeling to the song that is usually a fire and brimstone rocker. The track picks up with a blues groove, as each singer takes a swing around B3, harmonica and gospel background vocals. The track just keeps on rolling on with a laid back energy that isn't as freighting as the intro lead the listener to believe.   

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