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Bob Dylan: 10 live versions of “Visions of Johanna” (Videos & audios)

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Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re tryin’ to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we’re all doin’ our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin’ you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there’s nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind

Even though the original album version (Blonde On Blonde – 1966) is the definitive version, there are many great live versions floating around over @ youtube.

Here are 10.

Festival Hall
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
20 April 1966

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Classic concert: Johnny Cash live at Manhattan Centre 1994


Today we have dug up a real gem! The man in black, Johnny Cash, in top form and in a recording with very fine sound and picture.

The show was recorded live at the Manhattan Center (now Hammerstein Ballroom), in New York City, on June 9th 1994.  It has a total running time of 46 minutes, and I would rate the quality at least a 9 out of 10. The concert was filmed for the TV-channel VH1 it is in black & white. It was taped right after his comeback with Rick Rubin. There are dozens of clips on YouTube from the show/tv program, but to really get the feeling of the concert,  it’s necessary to experience it all in one sitting (well, that’s my view).

Track listing is as follows:
Folsom Prison Blues
Sunday Morning Coming Down
Ring Of Fire
I Walk The Line (with a really cool intro)
The Beast In Me
Drive On
The Man Who Couldn’t Cry
Number 13
Tennessee Stud
Big River
Ghost Rider In The Sky
Orange Blossom Special
Let The Train Blow The Whistle

– Hallgeir

Video of the day: Jason Isbell G and G Back Porch Session

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Jason Isbell is a favorite around here and we are glad we found this little gem.

An intimate performance by Jason Isbell. Filmed July 5, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Set list:
Different Days
Traveling Alone
Live Oak

– Hallgeir

Today: Elvis Presley released “Elvis (NBC TV Special)” in 1968, 45 years ago

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I want everyone to know what I can really do
~Elvis Presley (to producer Bob Finkel)

Elvis delivered an incredible performance throughout the television special. His vocal performances were loose and gutsy…
~John Bush (allmusic.com)

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Stephen Simmons live in Haugesund 20 Nov 2013


“This album really started with me and my friends getting together late at night, trying to recreate that ‘70s country feel of a classic Don Williams album,” he says. “I’d bring a bottle of Irish Whiskey, we’d listen to some records, then I’d pull out a song I’d written that fit that era. We’d all play it live, two or three times, and that was it.  It really started out just for fun.”
– Stephen Simmons on his latest release, Hearsay

Last night I went to Haugesund to catch a concert with the singer/songwriter Stephen Simmons. He didn’t disappoint, it was a very nice evening out. We were too few, but we were very happy with the show.

I got to have a little chat with him, what a nice guy. I taped three of the songs on my camera and Stephen Simmons said I could post them here, but first a short bio from his website (in between some pictures from the concert):

Growing up in a small town in central Tennessee, Stephen Simmons kept his radio tuned to the country station, where the sounds of Don Williams and Waylon Jennings were never more than a few tunes away.  Simmons treated those songwriters like school teachers, showing Simmons how to deliver a story, turn a phrase and pack a punch. By the time he released his debut album in 2004, though, Simmons had also learned how to rock.


Years later, Simmons has a few more roots-rock albums under his belt… as well as a new one, Hearsay, that doesn’t fall into the same category. Full of old-school twang and classic storytelling, it’s the sound of an artist getting back to his roots.

I prefer his country/folk tinged stuff to his more heartland rock. Here is a first taste, the wonderful  I ain’t lonely (I’m just lonesome) from the new album Hearsay:

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