Bob Dylan Sings Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers of course is one of the guiding lights of the 20th century whose way with song has always been an inspiration to those of us who have followed the path. … he was a performer of force without precedent with a sound as mystical as it was dynamic. His voice gives hope to the vanquished and humility to the mighty.
-Bob Dylan (Liner notes to “The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute”)

James Charles Rodgers (September 8, 1897 – May 26, 1933) was an American singer-songwriter and musician in the early 20th century, known most widely for his rhythmic yodeling. Rodgers, along with his contemporaries the Carter Family, was among the first country music stars, cited as an inspiration by many artists and an inductee into numerous halls of fame. Rodgers was also known as “The Singing Brakeman”, “The Blue Yodeler”, and “The Father of Country Music”.

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Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)

Jimmie Rodgers’s first Blue Yodel, which became known as “Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas) ”, was recorded on 30 November 1927 in the Trinity Baptist Church at Camden, New Jersey. When the song was released in February 1928 it became “a national phenomenon and generated an excitement and record-buying frenzy that no-one could have predicted”.

Jimmie Rodgers:

Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash recorded this song on February 18, 1969 during one of the recording sessions for the “Nashville Skyline” album.

The Brakeman’s Blues

Where was you momma, when the train left the shed?
Where was you momma, when the train left the shed?
Standin’ in my front door, wishin’ to God, I was dead

Jimmie Rodgers

Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash – February 18, 1969

Blue Yodel no. 8 (aka ‘Muleskinner Blues’)

Jimmie Rodgers

Bob Dylan
Finjan Club
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2 July 1962

My Blue-Eyed Jane

Jimmie Rodgers

Bob Dylan
Ardent Studios
Memphis, Tennessee
9–11 May 1994

1997 (new vocal)

Live 1999

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