To mark the 55th anniversary of Bob Dylan‘s Highway 61 Revisited, Bardavon Presents hosted the first installment of its Albums Revisited cover series featuring performances from Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, John Medeski, and many more.
The stream from Bardavon Presents comes as the debut episode of the Albums Revisited series, where contemporary artists pay tribute to classic releases. On Sunday, November 1st, the Poughkeepsie, NY venue will host a tribute to the Grateful Dead‘s American Beauty, featuring contributions from ALO, Jorma Kaukonen with John Hurlbut, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lucinda Williams, Railroad Earth, Donna the Buffalo, and more.
The livestream, hosted by Bardavon executive director Chris Silva, began with Medeski and Jack DeJohnette‘s instrumental take on the album’s opening track “Like A Rolling Stone”. With a song whose lyrics have become so iconic, it was interesting to step back and examine the music, and the joint performance served as a telling opener of reimaginings to come. Next up was The Weight Band with its upbeat take on “Tombstone Blues”, followed by The Darwin Effect featuring Jimmy Vivino, Rich Pagano, and John Sebastian with the bluesy “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry”.
Next up was Guy Davis‘ acoustic version of “From A Buick 6”, which provided an interesting juxtaposition to the former cover by The Darwin Effect. After that Steve Earle took on “Ballad Of A Thin Man” where the outlaw country-singer’s baritone voice provided a timber that was a far cry from Dylan. Lucinda Williams was up next to provide her dreamy, electrified rendition of “Queen Jane Approximately”, followed by The B-52’s singer Katie Pierson who gave a full-bodied performance of the album’s title track.
The party slowed down a bit as Happy Traum, Larry Campbell, and Cindy Cashdollar offered their acoustic rendition of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”, followed by the album’s closing track, “Desolation Row”, performed by Mike + Ruthy. The evening wasn’t finished just yet, however, as Laura Stevenson gave a bonus performance of the Highway 61 Revisited outtake “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” to bring the stream to an end.
Watch the whole episode of Albums Revisited, tackling Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, below. Scroll down to see the respective performance times. Visit the Bardavon Presents website for information about future Albums Revisited installments.
Bardavon Presents Albums Revisited #1 – Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited
[Video: Bardavon Presents]
“Like A Rolling Stone” 2:56
“Tombstone Blues” 10:21
“It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” 17:32
“From a Buick 6” 22:20
“Ballad of a Thin Man” 26:11
“Queen Jane Approximately” 33:04
“Highway 61 Revisited” 39:03
“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” 44:42
“Desolation Row” 51:23
“Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” 1:00:28