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August 3: Watch – Bob Dylan, Jim James, Jeff Tweedy & Ryan Bingham – “The Weight”, Irvine, California 2013

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I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin’ about half past dead
I just need some place where I can lay my head
“Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?”
He just grinned and shook my hand, “no” was all he said

Take a load off, Annie
Take a load for free
Take a load off, Annie
And (and) (and) you put the load right on me
(You put the load right on me)

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Irvine, California
3 August 2013

  • Bob Dylan on grand piano
  • Donnie Herron on pedal steel
  • Stu Kimball on acoustic guitar
  • Colin Linden on lead guitar
  • Tony Garnier on bass
  • George Receli on drums & percussion
  • Jim James, Jeff Tweedy & Ryan Bingham on acoustic guitars and vocals

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Calexico and Jim James Going to Acapulco


Calexico and Jim James – Going To Acapulco

Calexico have some very fine Dylan covers. Sometimes alone and sometimes as a terrific backing band for other great artists. Today we present the collaboration, Going To Acapulco, with Jim James (My Morning jacket) and Calexico from the film, I’m Not There.

I’m Not There is a 2007 biographical musical film directed by Todd Haynes, inspired by the life and music of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Six actors depict different facets of Dylan’s public personas: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Ben Whishaw. At the start of the film, a caption reads: “Inspired by the music and the many lives of Bob Dylan”. Apart from the song credits, this is the only mention of Bob Dylan in the film.

The film tells its story using non-traditional narrative techniques, intercutting the storylines of seven different Dylan-inspired characters. The title of the film is taken from the 1967 Dylan Basement Tape recording of “I’m Not There”, a song that had not been officially released until it appeared on the film’s soundtrack album. The film received a generally favorable response, and appeared on several top ten film lists for 2007, topping the lists for The Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, Salon andThe Boston Globe. Particular praise went to Cate Blanchett for her performance, culminating in a Volpi Cup from the Venice Film Festival, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, along with an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination.

Calexico has several fine collaborations on the soundtrack.

We will start with a wonderful live version from The Newport Folk Festival in 2008.

Going To Acapulco – Calexico and Jim James (Live, August 3, 2008, Newport Folk Festival):

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July 24: Bob Dylan & others: The Weight, Virginia Beach, Virginia 2013 (video)

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… then a real thrill: Tweedy and Jim James are introduce, and the band broke into the opening chords of “The Weight.” Time stood still! Bob started off the lyric very strong, then the group botched the chorus, but James and Tweedy each shined on their vocals and were clearly enjoying the moment, as was Dylan. Tweedy practically died and went to heaven on stage. Really quite a treat to see that.
~Thad Williamson (boblinks.com)

Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia
24 July 2013

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, grand piano & keyboard)
  • Stu Kimball (guitar)
  • Colin Linden (guitar)
  • Donnie Herron (violin, mandolin, steel guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Receli (drums & percussion)
  • Jim James and Jeff Tweedy on acoustic guitars
  • Peter Wolf  (vocal)

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My Morning Jacket to tour with Bob Dylan – here covering his songs


Jim James announced some exclusive news during a video interview with Tap Milwaukee Thursday night: My Morning Jacket will be on the road with Bob Dylan this summer.

My Morning Jackets has a long relationship with Dylan’s songs and it will be great to be able to see them on the same bill.

Bob Dylan’s songs have become part of the great American songbook and there are a lot of artists covering his compositions. My Morning Jacket is one of the best and most interesting of the contemporary bands around, and their covers of Dylan are all good, some are great.

In honor of Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary, a number of musical heavyweights came together for a new Bob Dylan cover album.  Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International had a wonderful cover of  “You’re a Big Girl Now” done by My Morning Jacket.

This made me check around to see if My Morning Jacket had done more songs by Dylan and they had.

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