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13 great Americana versions of Bob Dylan songs

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13 great Americana versions of Bob Dylan songs

Americana is an amalgam of roots music formed by the confluence of the shared and varied traditions that make up the American musical ethos; specifically those sounds that are merged from folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and other external influences. Americana, as defined by the Americana Music Association (AMA), is “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw. While acoustic instruments are often present and vital, Americana also often uses a full electric band.”

A while ago I did a post on my top 10 country versions of Bob Dylan songs (soon to be updated), since then I’ve been made aware of a lot more songs from people who read the original post. Then most of my pickings where of classic country leaning on outlaw country, in this post I will concentrate on the new generation of country/ alt. country.

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Here are 13 favourite Bob Dylan songs performed by Americana artists. Lets start with a great live version:

Bobby Long & John Fullbright – It’s Not Dark Yet:

What a wonderful sound and such a great performance. These guys are just so good!

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The Lumineers plays Bob Dylan

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The Lumineers are a folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The two founding members and songwriters of the Lumineers are Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion). Schultz and Fraites began writing and performing together in New Jersey in 2005. Neyla Pekarek (cello, vocals) joined the band in 2010. Stelth Ulvang (piano), and Ben Wahamaki (bass), joined the band as full-time members in 2012. Their self-titled debut album was released on Dualtone Records on April 3, 2012, eventually peaking at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in January 2013. As of December 2013, their debut album has been certified Platinum in the US and Ireland, with Gold certifications in the UK, Australia and Canada.

We did a write-up on Lumineers prior to the release of their self-titled debut album in 2012.

We have dug up three very fine interpretations of Bob Dylan songs from The Lumineers.

The Lumineers do “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (Bob Dylan Cover) at Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain on 6/8/13.

The Lumineers – Subterranean Homesick Blues:

Wesley Shultz, talks about how he managed to learn Subterranean Homesick Blues (nola.com):

“Hard to say. That one felt like it happened quickly. It helps if I write it all down. But I learned it in chunks. I love Dylan, but I learned that song kind of as a bar trick, because it was something that would immediately grab people – what is this guy doing?

We had a funny thing happen at a couple of festivals, where there were sign-language people who actually had to sign the song on the side of the stage. I think that’s a lot more difficult. But they nailed it each time.”

The Lumineers – “when the ship comes in” at Beantowne Gourmet in Allendale on 4/14/08.

The Lumineers – When the Ship comes in:

Wesley Schultz covering “Boots Of Spanish Leather”, Video by Andrea Alseri. Taken from the Look Sessions.

The Lumineers – Boots of Spanish leather:

– Hallgeir

New music: Lily & Madeleine

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We are very excited about this new EP from Lily & Madeleine and so should you all be! I do not know the complete tracklist but we will include the three songs we have heard here.

Great music, wonderful harmonies!

Their newest video, These great things:

Back to the river:

In the middle (fantastic song!):

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Video Premiere: John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

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John Grant is releasing his second solo album, called Pale Green Ghosts, on March 13th 2013 via the Bella Union label.

I loved his last album,Queen Of Denmark and I saw him at a concert in Bergen, Norway a couple of years ago, he was mesmerizing, simply fantastic and it’s fair to say I have quite a bit of anticipation for Pale Green Ghosts.

And what’s it going to sound like? Well if the first song is representative, we will get a more electronic sounding album.

 Pale Green Ghosts the first song from the new album by the same title:

I like it, and it keeps getting better and better.

– Hallgeir