Dylan opens the year with one of the most remarkable performances of the “Never Ending tour,” despite still visible suffering the after effects of the bug (at several points he sits on the drum rise, scrunched up in some discomfort)… the shock of the evening is not in his song selection.. but the fact that he performs almost the entire show without a guitar.. harmonica in hand, making strange shadow-boxing movements, cupping the harmonica to his mouth on nearly every song, blowing his sweetest harp breaks in years.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)
Concert # 641 of The Never-Ending Tour. First concert of the 1995 European Spring Tour. First concert in 1995.
Prague, Czech Republic
11 March 1995
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
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.
The first two things I wrote were Guitar Town and Down the Road, because I was looking for an opening and an ending. So I wrote ’em like bookends, and then filled in the spaces in the middle. And the album’s kind of about me. It’s kind of personal.
~Steve Earle (to Alanna Nash – May 1986)
Guitar Town was his first shot at showing a major audience what he could do, and he hit a bull’s-eye — it’s perhaps the strongest and most confident debut album any country act released in the 1980s.
~Mark Deming (allmusic)
Gold is the second studio album by Ryan Adams, released September 25, 2001 on Lost Highway Records. The album remains Adams’ best-selling album, certifying gold in the UKand going on to sell 364,000 copies in the U.S. and 812,000 worldwide.Adams noted that “with Gold, I was trying to prove something to myself. I wanted to invent a modern classic.”
Adams intended for the album to be a double album, but his record label, Lost Highway, condensed the album into a single disc.According to Adams, the label “took the last five songs, made it a bonus disc and put it on the first hundred and fifty thousand copies. Fucking my fans over and making them pay extra for a record I wanted to be a double album. They counted that as one record.”This bonus disc is known as Side Four; the disc’s title reflects the fact that the bonus material makes up the fourth side of the double LP edition of the album.
The album includes “When the Stars Go Blue”, which has been covered by artists such as The Corrs and Bono, Tyler Hilton, Bethany Joy Galeotti, and Tim McGraw. “New York, New York” became a notable MTV and VH-1 favorite following the September 11 attacks. “The Rescue Blues” was featured in the end credits of the 2001 film Behind Enemy Lines.
Adams’ friend and former roommate Adam Duritz (lead singer of Counting Crows) lends background vocals to several tracks.
Adams received three Grammy Award nominations in 2002: Best Rock Album, Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “New York, New York”, and Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “Lovesick Blues”.
Stephen King’s 2006 book Lisey’s Story includes part of the lyrics to “When the Stars Go Blue”. Also, the song “The Rescue Blues” was featured in an episode of Scrubs. In 2011, “Answering Bell” was featured in the film and on the soundtrack to Bridesmaids.
RollingStone.com – David Fricke:…… Gold lacks the concise ache of Adams’ indie solo prize from last year, Heartbreaker, but it is stronger on naked truth. In “Harder Now That It’s Over,” a messy tale of jealousy, gunplay and handcuffs co-written with Chris Stills, Adams sings with the straight, clear sorrow of a fool who beat doing hard time but sentenced himself to life alone. “I’m less than nothing now/I’m the one between the bars,” he admits over whispered accordion and a slender stream of steel-guitar tears — an age-old story told be a young singer-songwriter wise enough to let his heart speak for itself. read more: rollingstone.com
Andrew Gilstrap @ popmatters.com:…… Overall, though, Gold feels like a record hiding behind masks. Maybe Adams has spent so many years laying his heart out on the line that he’s trying to create a little distance. In some cases, especially on the uptempo numbers, that works just fine. However, the album’s surprisingly minimalist lyrics and derivative arrangements make it stronger on vibe than actual content. Adams recently complained that he’s sick of himself and sick of being deep, and Gold may very well be his respite from that, exercising his inner music geek rather than his soul. Or maybe he’s just trying to say what he needs to say without revealing as much as in the past. Whatever the case, most of Gold lacks the universality and the heart-wrenching beauty of much of Adams’s earlier work. read more over @ popmatters.som
All songs written and composed by Ryan Adams unless otherwise stated.
“New York, New York” 3:46
“Answering Bell” 3:05
“La Cienega Just Smiled” 5:03
“The Rescue Blues” 3:38
“Somehow, Someday” 4:24
“When the Stars Go Blue” 3:31
“Nobody Girl” (Adams/Ethan Johns) 9:40
“Sylvia Plath” (Adams/Richard Causon) 4:10
“Enemy Fire” (Adams/Gillian Welch) 4:09
“Gonna Make You Love Me” 2:36
“Wild Flowers” 4:59
“Harder Now That It’s Over” (Adams/Chris Stills) 4:32
“Touch, Feel and Lose” (Adams/David Rawlings) 4:15
“Tina Toledo’s Street Walkin’ Blues” (Adams/Johns) 6:10
“Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd.” (Adams/Causon) 3:25
Bonus disc: “Side Four”
“Rosalie Come and Go” 3:54
“The Fools We Are As Men” 4:01
“Sweet Black Magic” (Adams/Johns) 2:35
“The Bar Is a Beautiful Place” 5:58
Ryan Adams – Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, piano