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September 11: Bob Dylan released “Love And Theft” in 2001

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” ‘Love & Theft’ is not an album I’ve recorded to please myself. If I really wanted to that, I would have recorded some Charley Patton songs.”
~Bob Dylan

“All the songs are variations on the 12-bar theme and blues-based melodies. The music here is an electronic grid, the lyrics being the substructure that holds it all together. The songs themselves don’t have any genetic history. Is it like Time Out Of Mind, or Oh Mercy, or Blood On The Tracks, or whatever? Probably not. I think of it more as a greatest hits album, Volume 1 or Volume 2. Without the hits; not yet, anyway”
~Bob Dylan (“Love & Theft” press release, June 2001)

The old Chess records, the Sun records. . . I think that’s my favorite sound for a record . . . I like . . . the intensity The sound is uncluttered. There’s power and suspense. The whole vibration feels like it could be coming from inside your mind. It’s alive. It’s right there.
~Bob Dylan, to Bill Flanagan, 2009

High Water (for Charley Patton):

High water risin’—risin’ night and day
All the gold and silver are bein’ stolen away
Big Joe Turner lookin’ east and west
From the dark room of his mind
He made it to Kansas City
Twelfth Street and Vine
Nothin’ standing there
High water everywhere

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Bob Dylan: His 30 best songs from 2000 – 2012 (poll results)

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Back in May 2014:

We again challenge you to put together a top 10 list, or at least 10 songs (if you only provide a top 5 list, they will count as well). Songs 1-5 will receive 2 points each & 6-10 will receive 1 point.

Here is my list:

  1. Mississippi (2001)
  2. Tempest (2012)
  3. High Water (For Charley Patton) (2001)
  4. Roll On John (2012)
  5. Workingman’s Blues #2 (2006)
  6. I Feel A Change Coming On (2008)
  7. Ain’t Talkin’ (2006)
  8. Scarlet Town (2012)
  9. Po’ Boy (2001)
  10. Tin Angel (2012)

Hallgeir’s list:

1. Cross the Green Mountain
2. Mississippi
3. Ain’t Talkin’
4. Tin Angel
5. Forgetful Heart
6. Pay in Blood
7. High Water (for Charley Patton)
8. Scarlet Town
9. Workingman’s Blues #2
10. Beyond here lies nothin’

56 people voted, most of them with a top 10 list. Thanks for the input folks… this is a another GREAT list.

Here are the results of the JV community jury:


Mississippi (2001)

65 points


High Water (For Charley Patton) (2001)

56 points


Cross the Green Mountain (2002)

53 points


Workingman’s Blues #2 (2006)

48 points


Ain’t Talkin’ (2006)

46 points


Pay In Blood (2012)

35 points


Nettie Moore (2006)

30 points


Forgetful Heart (2009)

27 points


Scarlet Town (2012)

26 points


Huck’s Tune (2006)

25 points


Sugar Baby (2001)

24 points


Long & Wasted Years (2012)

23 points


Thunder On The Mountain (2006)

23 points


Tempest (2012)

21 points


Beyond here lies nothin’ (2009)

19 points


I Feel A Change Coming On (2008)

19 points


Lonesome Day Blues (2001)

16 points


Tell Ol’ Bill (2005)

16 points


Tin Angel (2012)

16 points


Po’ Boy (2001)

15 points


Soon After Midnight (2012)

15 points


When The Deal Goes Down (2006)

15 points


Spirit On The Water (2001)

14 points


Honest With Me (2001)

13 points


Summer Days (2001)

13 points


Duquesne Whistle (2012)

11 points


Roll On John (2012)

10 points


Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee (2001)

8 points


My Wife’s Hometown (2009)

6 points


Someday Baby (2006)

6 points

Songs with 5 or 4 points: Moonlight, Narrow Way, Cry A While, Early Roman Kings & Waiting For You

16 songs got 3 or less points.

Spotify Playlist:

Mississippi (live 2002):


Cross The Green Mountain:


November 23: The late R. L. Burnside was born in 1926


“He was a happy-go-lucky nihilist…. he took things exactly as they were. No more, no less.”
~Matthew Johnson, the founder of Mr. Burnside’s record label, Fat Possum.


“I didn’t mean to kill nobody

I just meant to shoot the sonofabitch in the head.

Him dying was between him and the Lord.”
― R.L. Burnside

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Today: The late Robert Johnson was born in 1911 – 102 years ago

“Just look at the picture of him with the acoustic guitar: His fingers are in the weirdest position. If you’re a guitar player looking at that, you know this is a guy who’s not even thinking; he’s just there. … The soul of his creative originality plays a huge part in music making for everyone who’s ever written a song and really known what they’re doing.”
~Neil Young

“You think you’re getting a handle on playing the blues, and then you hear Robert Johnson — some of the rhythms he’s doing and playing and singing at the same time, you think, ‘This guy must have three brains!’ ”
~Keith Richards

Favorite album? I think the Robert Johnson album. I listen to that quite a bit still.
~Bob Dylan (Rockline interview – June 1985)

Cross Road Blues:

From Wikipedia:
Birth name Robert Leroy Johnson
Born May 8, 1911
Hazlehurst, Mississippi
Died August 16, 1938 (aged 27)
Greenwood, Mississippi
Genres Delta blues, Country blues
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, harmonica
Years active 1929–38

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer and musician. His landmark recordings from 1936–37 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that have influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson’s shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend, including a Faustian myth. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson enjoyed little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime.

Johnson’s records sold poorly during his lifetime. It was only after the reissue of his recordings in 1961 on the LP King of the Delta Blues Singers that his work reached a wider audience. Johnson is now recognized as a master of the blues, particularly of the Mississippi Delta blues style. He is credited by many rock musicians as an important influence; Eric Clapton has called Johnson “the most important blues singer that ever lived.” Johnson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an “Early Influence” in their first induction ceremony in 1986. In 2003, David Fricke ranked Johnson fifth in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Me and the Devil Blues:

…Johnson’s major influence has been on genres of music that weren’t recognized as such until long after his death: rock and roll and rock. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included four of his songs in a set of 500 they deemed to have shaped the genre:

Johnson recorded these songs a decade and a half before the recognized advent of rock and roll, dying a year or two later. The Museum inducted him as an “Early Influence” in their first induction ceremony in 1986, almost a half century after his death. Marc Meyers of the Wall Street Journal wrote that, “His ‘Stop Breakin’ Down Blues’ from 1937 is so far ahead of its time that the song could easily have been a rock demo cut in 1954.

Playlist of the day:

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Today: The late R. L. Burnside was born in 1926 – 86 years ago

“He was a happy-go-lucky nihilist…. he took things exactly as they were. No more, no less.”
~Matthew Johnson, the founder of Mr. Burnside’s record label, Fat Possum.

See My Jumper Hanging On the Line (1978):

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Robert Lee Burnside
Born November 23, 1926
Harmontown, Mississippi, Lafayette County, United States
Origin Oxford, Mississippi, United States
Died September 1, 2005 (aged 78)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Genres Blues, garage rock
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1960s–2005
Labels Fat Possum
Associated acts Calvin Jackson
Jon Spencer

R. L. Burnside (November 23, 1926 – September 1, 2005), born Robert Lee Burnside, was an American blues singer,songwriter, and guitarist who lived much of his life in and around Holly Springs, Mississippi. He played music for much of his life, but did not receive much attention until the early 1990s. In the latter half of the 1990s, Burnside repeatedly recorded with Jon Spencer, garnering crossover appeal and introducing his music to a new fanbase within the underground garage rock scene.

One commentator noted that Burnside…. were “present-day exponents of an edgier, electrified version of the raw, uncut Delta blues sound.”

Poor Black Mattie:

In the 1990s, he appeared in the film Deep Blues and began recording for the Oxford, Mississippi, label Fat Possum Records. Founded byLiving Blues magazine editor Peter Redvers-Lee and Matthew Johnson, the label was dedicated to recording aging North Mississippi bluesmen such as Burnside and Junior Kimbrough.

Burnside remained with Fat Possum from that time until his death.

Burnside’s 1996 album A Ass Pocket of Whiskey (recorded with Jon Spencer) gained critical acclaim, earning praise from Bono and Iggy Pop.


Burnside had a powerful, expressive voice and played both electric and acoustic guitars (both with a slide and without). His drone-based style was a characteristic of North Mississippi hill country blues rather than Mississippi Delta blues. Like other country blues musicians, he did not always adhere to 12- or 16-bar blues patterns, often adding extra beats according to his preference. He called this “Burnside style” and often commented that his backing musicians needed to be familiar with his style in order to be able to play along with him.

Burnside collaborated in the late 1990s with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion on the album A Ass Pocket of Whiskey. Consequently, he gained the attention of many within this underground music scene, cited as an influence by Hillstomp and covered on record by The Immortal Lee County Killers.

Burnside’s “Skinny Woman” was also interpolated into the song “Busted” by fellow Fat Possum musicians The Black Keys, who have listed Burnside as an influence on their music.

Shake ‘em on down – Live:

Album of the day:

Too Bad Jim (1994):

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