Category Archives: Country

Bob Dylan Sings Dwight Yoakam – Happy Birthday Dwight Yoakam

The biggest surprise followed when Dylan pulled out Dwight Yoakam’s “The Heart that You Own.” Larry played pedal steel and Bob had some good vocals. The song was performed well and Bob seemed really into it. ..
-Matt Stroshane (boblinks.com)

Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, known for his pioneering style of country music. First becoming popular in the mid-1980s, Yoakam has recorded more than twenty albums and compilations, charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records. He has recorded five Billboard #1 albums, twelve gold albums, and nine platinum albums, including the triple-platinum This Time.

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Bob Dylan Sings Hank Williams (8 different songs)

I started writing songs after I heard Hank Williams.
-Bob Dylan to Les Crane, February 1965

If it wasn’t for Elvis and Hank Williams, I couldn’t be doing what I do today.
-Bob Dylan to Robert Shelton, June 1978

To me, Hank Williams is still the best songwriter.
-Bob Dylan to Paul Zollo, April 1991

Hiram King “Hank” Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one (three posthumously).

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Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley and others covers Bill Monroe

I’m a farmer with a mandolin and a high tenor voice.
~Bill Monroe

“To me there’s no difference between Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe.”
~Bob Dylan (to John Pareles, Sept 1997)

William Smith Monroe (September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996) was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, who created the style of music known as bluegrass. Because of this, he is commonly referred to as the “Father of Bluegrass“.

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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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Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan Mutual Admiration – Happy Birthday Kris Kristofferson





Happy Birthday Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936)

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“Dylan’s probably my biggest hero as an artist, songwriter and singer”
– Kris Kristofferson

We have chosen to take a look into the relationship between Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan, and as expected it is harder to find quotes from Dylan than Kristofferson.

Dylan and Kristofferson go back a long time. Kris Kristofferson was a janitor in a Nashville studio when Dylan was recording Blonde on Blonde in 1966. They both appeared in the 1973 film “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid” and they have recorded and performed each others’ material. Dylan covered Kristofferson’s  They Killed Him on his album,  Knocked Out Loaded.

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