15 great Americana/Country versions of Neil Young songs
Neil Young has always had one foot in the rock camp and one in the country camp, he is one of the true entrepreneurs of country-rock. He has released pure rock albums and equally pure country albums, he has toured with rock bands and he has toured with a country music ensemble.
“I was told that no matter what I did, country radio would not play me, mostly because of my songwriting. I’d put out things like ‘Southern Man’ and ‘Alabama so culturally, they drew the line.” “But while we were not accepted by country radio, we were accepted by country musicians, they all played ‘Southern Man’ with me. They didn’t care. It wasn’t about that.” – Neil Young to Rolling Stone Magazine
I have picked 15 examples of how his songs sounds in a country/americana setting, it sounds right , it sounds natural!
Whitehorse – Winterlong:
Whitehorse covers Neil Young’s “Winterlong” as part of The Road To Massey Hall live album
12 more Bob Dylan covers done by some incredible women
We like cover versions here at JV, and here are some more good examples. They are not better than the originals, but they are different and they are good. …and before you kill me in the commentaries, listen to Miley Cyrus’ effort, it is surprisingly good!
We got mail, comments and facebook messages about who should have been included in PART 1, we just had to do a second post on this wonderful subject. It is great fun to dig into this matter once again.
To do a cover version is sign of appreciation, the artists show their love of other peoples creation. We try to find interpretations that add to the experience of the song, versions that are not too similar to the originals. We also trust our emminent taste when it comes to picking the renditions that we present here.
I am, and always will be, a blues guitarist.
“I found my God in music and the arts, with writers like Hermann Hesse, and musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter. In some way, in some form, my God was always there, but now I have learned to talk to him.”
….Paul Simon writes great songs. George Harrison great songs, a lot of people, Eric Clapton produces wonderful music.
~Bob Dylan (Press Conference, July 1981)
Robbie Robertson inducts Eric Clapton Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000:
“Just Like a Woman” is a song written by Bob Dylan and first released on his 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde. It was also released as a single in the U.S. during August 1966 and peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100. Dylan’s recording of “Just Like a Woman” was not issued as a single in the United Kingdom but the British group, Manfred Mann, did release a hit single version of the song in July 1966, which peaked at #10 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Dylan’s version of the song at #232 in their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Today we are listening to some fantastic women doing their takes on this Dylan song.
Ellen Radka Toneff (25 June 1952 – 21 October 1982) was a Norwegian jazz singer, daughter of the Bulgarian folk singer, pilot and radio technician Toni Toneff, she was born in Oslo and grew up in Lambertseter and Kolbotn. She is still considered one of Norway’s most outstanding jazz singers. Her life flame burned short and intense, she left the world by her own hand at a young age, and was found dead in the woods of Bygdøy, with an overdose of sleeping pills in her blood, the autumn of 1982
Sometimes two voices or two musicians come together in an inspired pairing that is truly special and Bob Dylan has had several such inspired moments through the years. We have dug up some really special treats for you today.
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez – Never Let me go (Renaldo & Clara):
Written by Joseph C. Scott (but made famous by Johnny Ace) performed by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez during the first Rolling Thunder Revue (1975).