The Best Dylan Covers: Rayland Baxter – Love Sick

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Rayland Baxter is an American alternative country musician from Nashville, Tennessee. He is currently signed to ATO Records. Baxter is also the son of musician Bucky Baxter.

William “Bucky” Baxter is an American multi-instrumentalist from New Jersey. He was born in Melbourne, Florida. He has appeared on various albums by artists such as Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, R.E.M., and Joe Henry.

In studio, or while performing live, Baxter has played steel guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, dobro, and/or organ, as well as other instruments. Baxter played pedal steel guitar for Bob Dylan’s band on his Never Ending Tour from 1992 to 1999 and played pedal steel on Dylan’s 1997 Grammy Award winning album, Time out of Mind.

Baxter began performing in 2010, when he was featured on the song Shanghai Cigarettes by country musician Caitlin Rose. In 2012, Baxter released his debut full length album, titled Feathers & Fishhooks via ATO Records. In 2013, Baxter released his first extended play, titled Ashkelon also via ATO Records. The title is named after the town Ashkelon in Israel. On August 14, 2015, Baxter released his second studio album titled Imaginary Man.

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Feb 8: Bob Dylan: “I Want You” London 1990 (Video)


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The guilty undertaker sighs
The lonesome organ grinder cries
The silver saxophones say I should refuse you
The cracked bells and washed-out horns
Blow into my face with scorn
But it’s not that way
I wasn’t born to lose you

I want you, I want you
I want you so bad
Honey, I want you

“I Want You” + “Political World”

Hammersmith Odeon
London, England
8 February 1990

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Feb 7: Bob Dylan @ Yokohama, Japan – 1994 (Audio)

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Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
Yokohama, Japan
7 February 1994

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Winston Watson (drums & percussion)

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Bob Dylan’s Love Sick: 2 Decades 2 versions



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Love Sick by Bob Dylan, was recorded in January 1997 and released on his 30th studio album Time Out of Mind in September of that year. It was released as the second single from the album in June 1998, in various CD formats some of which featured a February 25, 1998 live version of the song, from Dylan’s performance at the 1998 Grammy Awards.

I thought it would be interesting to see how the song has changed over the years. I believe these two versions show the enduring power of the song.

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Bob Dylan & Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey/Why Must I Always Explain, Belfast 1991 (video)

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You can take all the tea in China
Put it in a big brown bag for me
Sail right around all the seven oceans
Drop it straight into the deep blue sea
She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey
She’s an angel of the first degree
She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

Bob Dylan sings the lyrics to Tupelo Honey and Van Morrison sings the lyrics Why Must I Always Explain.

Why, why must I always explain
Over and over, over again
It’s just a job you know and it’s no sweet lorraine
Tell me why must I always explain (alright)

Dundonald Ice Bowl
Belfast, Northern Ireland
6 February 1991

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Van Morrison (shared vocal)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Cesar Diaz (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)

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