Nod to Bob: An Artists' Tribute to Bob Dylan on His 60th Birthday

Nod to Bob: An Artists' Tribute to Bob Dylan on His 60th Birthday

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When Bob Dylan introduced folk audiences to his music to in the 1960s, his yearning, political, humorous, tuneful, and deeply affecting songs helped define an era and inspired legions of fans to become musicians. He made it look easy. It wasn't, which is why four decades later he remains one the most important singer-songwriters of theSee more details below

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When Bob Dylan introduced folk audiences to his music to in the 1960s, his yearning, political, humorous, tuneful, and deeply affecting songs helped define an era and inspired legions of fans to become musicians. He made it look easy. It wasn't, which is why four decades later he remains one the most important singer-songwriters of the modern era. Just about every songwriter to make any headway since his emergence owes Dylan a nod of thanks, and this tribute album gives a handful of folks the chance do so in song.Red House Records, based in Dylan's home state of Minnesota, brings together its best folk and blues artists to pay homage to Dylan's songs. Iowa singer/songwriter Greg Brown grins his way through a lowdown, bluesy "Pledging My Time"; Canada¹s Hart-Rouge translates "With God on Our Side" into French; and Ramblin¹ Jack Elliott, who inspired Dylan during his early years, sings "Don¹t Think Twice, It¹s All Right" with great tenderness. Lucy Kaplansky, Peter Ostrousko, Suzzy and Maggie Roche, and others prove that times may have changed, but the power of Dylan¹s music hasn¹t dimmed a bit. Instead, it glows brighter with every new artist it inspires.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
You might not expect much from a Dylan tribute album limited to the artists of one small label, but if so, you're in for a surprise: This CD turns out to be every bit as inspired as anything on the all-star Madison Square Garden tribute that marked Dylan's 30th year in the music business. One reason is that the artists on the Red House label (which happens to be based in the state Dylan hails from) prove extremely well-suited to the task and well-matched to the material. Another is that that material is just so darn wonderful. There's no way a single disc could do justice to the mind-bogglingly large Dylan catalog; this could have been a ten- or 15-CD set and the quality wouldn't have flagged one bit. In fact, this collection doesn't even touch on such career highlights as Blood on the Tracks; it focuses mostly on the 1960s when, as the liner notes point out, most of the artists here were in their formative years as performers and Dylan was their major musical influence. Of course, if you have to pick one Dylan period, the '60s era isn't exactly a bad choice. The results here are stunning. While there's not a weak track on the disk, standouts include Suzy and Maggie Roche's version of The Basement Tapes' "The Clothesline Saga," which perfectly captures Dylan's humor; Cliff Eberhardt's "I Want You," which transforms the upbeat original into a somber, haunting ballad; Guy Davis' accordion-spiced "A Sweetheart Like You," which features drumming by the Band's Levon Helm; and Martin Simpson's effusive "Boots of Spanish Leather." Only one small gripe: Why include a cover -- albeit a good one -- of "Delia," an old blues that Dylan himself merely covered, when there are so very many superb Dylan originals to choose from? But that's a small gripe indeed. If you're a Dylan lover, this album is a must -- and if you're not, one listen will probably go a long way toward changing that.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Red House
UPC:
0033651015420
catalogNumber:
154
Rank:
101456

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norman Blake   Track Performer
Greg Brown   Track Performer
Cliff Eberhardt   Organ,Bass,Dobro,Guitar,Chimes,Vocals
Eliza Gilkyson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
John Gorka   Guitar,Vocals
Martin Simpson   Guitar,Vocals
Peter Ostroushko   Fiddle
Lucy Kaplansky   Vocals
Michelle Campagne   Vocals
Paul Campagne   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Suzanne Campagne   Vocals
Ramblin' Jack Elliott   Guitar,Vocals
Levon Helm   Drums
Jon Herington   Acoustic Guitar
Geoff Kelly   Flute,Human Whistle
"Spider" John Koerner   Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
John Platania   Electric Guitar
Bo Ramsey   Electric Guitar
Dave "Snaker" Ray   Track Performer
Doug Robinson   Bass Guitar
Suzzy Roche   Track Performer
David Webb   Piano
Todd Johnson   Drums
Guy Davis   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Maggie Roche   Track Performer
Bill Lyles   Bass
Dave Ray   Slide Guitar
Davy Gallant   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar
Rick Cicalo   Bass
Paperboys   Track Performer
Mark Erelli   Harmonica,Harmony
Steve Hayes   Drums
David Zollo   Keyboards
Shannon Saunders   Fiddle
Tom Landa   Guitar,Vocals
Tobin Frank   Bass
Cam Salay   Banjo
T-Bone Wolk   Accordion
Mark Murphy   Bass
Barry Phillips   Cello

Technical Credits

Cliff Eberhardt   Producer
Eliza Gilkyson   Producer
John Gorka   Producer
Rosalie Sorrels   Producer
Martin Simpson   Producer
Peter Ostroushko   Producer
Dakota Dave Hull   Producer
Lucy Kaplansky   Producer
Jim Emrich   Engineer
Bob Feldman   Executive Producer
David Glasser   Mastering
"Spider" John Koerner   Adaptation
Stewart Lerman   Engineer
Eric Peltoniemi   Producer,Liner Notes
John Platania   Producer
Bo Ramsey   Producer
Steve Wiese   Engineer
Ben Wittman   Producer,Engineer
Justin Mayer   Engineer
Tom Mudge   Engineer
Mark Nathan   Engineer
Rob Genadek   Engineer
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Davy Gallant   Producer,Engineer
Mark Thayer   Engineer
Pete Wonsiak   Engineer
Tom Landa   Producer
Barry Phillips   Engineer

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