Monday, May 20, 2024

Dylan Cover #632 Maria McKee "New Pony" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Maria McKee playing "New Pony"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Street Legal is a messy mid-life Dylan outing that is odd for many reasons. "New Pony" is probably the first of those oddities, coming on the heels of album opener "Changing of the Guards". This slow, drawn out blues based number lazily rides the country with over done backing vocals helping Bob and the old nag along. The tune brings in a saxophone and conga drums as it fades out. A fairly forgettable song on a fairly forgettable album. 


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE heard Maria McKee years ago when "If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)" was included on the fantastic Pulp Fiction sound track, but have not heard much else from the artist. 

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a HELL of a cover! Taken from a bootleg so the recording isn't perfect but the fiery playing breaks through any sound limitations. If anyone has any more info from the cover or who her backing band was, please let us know in the comments. A great find on this Monday and yet another reason to keep this series rolling. 

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