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13 great Americana versions of Bob Dylan songs


13 great Americana versions of Bob Dylan songs

Americana is an amalgam of roots music formed by the confluence of the shared and varied traditions that make up the American musical ethos; specifically those sounds that are merged from folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and other external influences. Americana, as defined by the Americana Music Association (AMA), is “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw. While acoustic instruments are often present and vital, Americana also often uses a full electric band.”

A while ago I did a post on my top 10 country versions of Bob Dylan songs (soon to be updated), since then I’ve been made aware of a lot more songs from people who read the original post. Then most of my pickings where of classic country leaning on outlaw country, in this post I will concentrate on the new generation of country/ alt. country.

Dylan Outlaw Cowboy

Here are 13 favourite Bob Dylan songs performed by Americana artists. Lets start with a great live version:

Bobby Long & John Fullbright – It’s Not Dark Yet:

What a wonderful sound and such a great performance. These guys are just so good!

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15 great Americana/Country versions of Neil Young songs


Neil Young cowboy hat

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

Over the Rhine – Long May You Run (live 2009):

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Johannasvisions playlist for March 2014


We started a new series last month were we presented some of the songs we’ve played during the months that had passed. This is our playlist for March 2014.

Here is our first playlist for January and February 2014

The War on Drugs is definitely what we’ve been playing most in March. The New album is incredibly good!

The War on Drugs – Full Performance (Live on KEXP) setlist:
An Ocean In Between The Waves
Eyes to the Wind
Red Eyes

In My Soul is a still unreleased song from 2014 upcoming album from Spain (not yet on Spotify).
This was shot at Circolo Magnolia, Milano, on the 20th of November 2013:

Noah Gundersen – First Defeat (Live 03-09-2014, Nashville):

We have compiled a Spotify list of our favorite tracks from March 2014:

– Hallgeir

Bergenfest 2013: The Third Day – Another fine day

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 I don’t know how many times I’ve seen Tønes in concert, but it’s a lot. He never disappoints. He is a singer/songwriter from the western part of Norway, he has released music 17 years but his final break-through came last year here in Norway.This night in the Magic Mirrors tent was fun. His lyrics are often tinted with a dry sense of humour. He has a keen eye for the small stories in everyday life, and some of the stories are more bitter-sweet than humorous. It suits him very well to sing the more serious songs, and I find that I prefer the serious Tønes these days. A little bit of both is fine.He has a great band and they’ve been with him since 87 I think.The best song this evening: Min Venn

– Hallgeir

 Tønes is always a treat. Great artist, funny, always a bit nervous & always charming. Some people come only for good laugh, but these are really good musicians. If you’d be able to remove the vocal.. it would still be wonderful music.    My highlights: Lyset, Bonde & Sån av Salve.-Egil


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Rival Sons
 I should really like Rival Sons, they have a retro-vibe that should fit my taste. But…they seem like a pastiche or a parody, they give me much of the same feelings I get from Lenny Kravitz’ retro tinged soul-rock. It feels like a put-on, a posed “thing”. I saw 30 minutes and people seemed to enjoy the show.- Hallgeir

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Melody’s Echo Chamber
I like Melody’s album but they/she was much better live. I think it started too soft but after a while the “psychedelic droning” kicked in, heaven!I will be following this band and want to see them in concert again if I get the chance. This was a very good show.Highlights: The final jam, Crystalized and Be proud of your kids

– Hallgeir


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Simone Felice
 What an intence man he is Simone Felice! He put on a very fine show in Magic Mirrors last night. I saw him at Bergenfest two years ago when he visited with the band The Duke and The King. He was great then and he was very good this time. He is a charismatic performer who seems to really mean what he sings about. Great concert, best of the day for me.      The highlights: A fantastic cover of Springsteen’s Atlantic City, Do’t wake the scarcrow  and a lovely encore, New York Times- Hallgeir
Never seen Simone Felice before…. sound check was neck-to-neck with the real concert & you felt you got to know the man a bit. He seemed like a very “demanding” man to be round.. seeking attention & recognition.   Anyways.. he has a wonderful voice, a solid presence & has written some fine songs. His version of Neil Young’s Helpless was (as expected) a highlight.. beautiful.. He also gave an intense version of Bruce Springsteen’s Atlantic City .. I think “our Man” would have approved.   Best of his own material: New York Times, Don’t Wake The Scarecrow (Felice Brothers), If You Ever Get Famous (The Duke and The King).-Egil


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-Hallgeir & Egil