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August 27: Bob Dylan – Old Five And Dimers (Like Me) (Billy Joe Shaver) – audio & video

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«..I’ve lost part of three fingers, broke my back, suffered a heart attack and a quadruple bypass, had a steel plate put in my neck and 136 stiches in my head, fought drugs and booze, spent the money I had, and burried my wife, son & mother in the span of one year…. I’m not proud of my misfortune – I’m proud of my survival»
~Billy Joe Shaver

“I’ve always been real blunt. Most people from Texas are that way. And it seems like all the great writers, they’re not afraid to say anything. I’ve always been pretty blunt, and sometimes it seems, brutally honest, but it’s real close to the bone.”
~Billy Joe Shaver

Bob Dylan has never played this song in concert, or released it. All we got are the 3 takes from the circulating “Hearts of Fire outtakes”. The solo version is absolutely incredible.

Townhouse Studio
London, England
27 & 28 August 1986
Hearts Of Fire recording session, produced by Beau Hill

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Tom Jones covers Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Billy Joe Shaver, and more (videos)

Tom Jones

Happy 76th Birthday Tom Jones

Birth name Thomas Jones Woodward
Also known as Tom Jones
Born 7 June 1940 (age 76)
Treforest, Pontypridd,Glamorgan, Wales
Genres Pop, rock, country, Soul
Occupations Singer
Years active 1963–present

I remember watching Martin Scorsese’s wonderful The Blues  (a 2003 documentary film series) ten years ago, and there was a fantastic sequence of Van Morrison,Tom Jones & Jeff Beck performing Bring it on Home to Me & Trouble in mind (in the film: Red, White & Blues (Mike Figgis)). I was a big Van Morrison fan, but didn’t really like Tom Jones.. until I saw this. A great performance.

Since then I’ve listened to his music now & then, and his last 2 albums are really great stuff (back to the roots alà Johnny Cash’s American Recordings series)

We have to kick off with the “Red, White & Blues” clip:

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August 16: Happy 76th birthday Billy Joe Shaver

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‘Cause movin’s in my soul, i guess a gypsy boy got a hold
Of somebody in my family long ago
If some night while half asleep you hear the back door softly squeak
You’ll touch my empty pillow, then you’ll know
That restless wind, is calling me again
– Billy Joe Shaver (from “Restless Wind” (one of his best songs))

“He may be the best songwriter alive today”
– Willie Nelson

«He’s a real writer like Hemingway. He’s timeless»
– Kris Kristofferson

«Billy Joe is unique. One of a kind. They threw away the mold. The best.»
– Robert Duvall

I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver And i’m reading James Joyce
-Bob Dylan (I Feel a Change Comin’ On)

Restless Wind:

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Bob Dylan: The Songs he didn’t write





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In this series of posts we will focus on songs Dylan has performed (either in concert, rehearsal or studio), but not written.




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August 10 in music history

Bob Dylan released Shot of Love August 10 1981 (read more)

Shot of Love is Bob Dylan’s 21st studio album, it was released by Columbia Records in August 1981.

It is generally considered to be Dylan’s last of a trilogy of overtly religious, Christian albums. Also, it was his first since becoming born-again to focus on secular themes, from straight-ahead love songs to an ode to the deceased comedian Lenny Bruce. Arrangements are rooted more in rock’n’roll, less in gospel than on Dylan’s previous two albums. So maybe it is more of a new start than a gospel-tinged end?

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Ian Anderson was born in 1947 Happy Birthday (read more)

Ian Scott Anderson, MBE (born 10 August 1947) is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the leader and flautist of British rock band Jethro Tull.

Anderson plays several other musical instruments, including keyboards, bass guitar, bouzoukibalalaika, saxophone, harmonica, and a variety of whistles

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Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008)

was an American songwriter, musician, singer, actor, and voice actor. Hayes was one of the creative influences behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes, Porter, Bill Withers, the Sherman Brothers, Steve Cropper, and John Fogerty were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of writing scores of notable songs for themselves, the duo Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, and others.

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Ronnie Spector (born Veronica Yvette Bennett, August 10, 1943) is an American rock and roll and popular music vocalist. She was lead singer of the 1960s hit-making girl group, the Ronettes. She has been called the original “bad girl of rock and roll”

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Billy Joe Shaver released Tramp on our street in 1993 (read more)

Billy Joe Shaver’s first recording in six years is a stunner. Partnering with his guitar-slinging son,Eddy, Tramp on Your Street is a rollicking yet intimate ride through the world Billy Joe-style. There are smoking country rockers that are brazen, raw, and in-your-face, such as the sizzling remake of “Been to Georgia on a Fast Train” (which is now the definitive version), “The Hottest Thing in Town,” “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal,” and the blues-rock of “I Want Some More/TennTex Tear Down.” There is the restless Bob Wills swing of “Good Old U.S.A.” and the shuffling Texas stroll of “If I Give My Soul.” And of course, in the title track, “When Fallen Angels Fly,” and the Louvin Brothers-inspired “I’m Gonna Live Forever,” there are the searing, completely naked lyrics of repentance, deliverance, and doubt that have been a part of Shaver’s music form the beginning. Without them, the center would be missing. The big question for most is: Can Billy Joe rock at his age? The answer is that with Eddy beside him turning it up, he can not only rock, he can roll too. This is a partnership based on respect, tough love, and iconoclastic musical ideals. It’s deep in the roots of the sill and even deeper in the Shavers’ blood.Tramp on Your Street is a monumental return to recording for Billy Joe Shaver and a triumph ofEddy’s musical direction and six-string skill.
~Thom Jurek (allmusic.com)

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Spotify Playlist – August 10