A collection of musicians calling themselves The Social Dissidents came together digitally to record a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”. The group features members of Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, ALO, Midnight North, The Brothers Comatose, T Sisters, Cabinet, Rainbow Girls, and more and was organized by Deren Ney.
The cover of the song, which was first released by Dylan on Greatest Hits Vol. III, and later The Basement Tapes, served as a fundraiser for Backline. Backline provides a vital pipeline between mental health services and music industry professionals, a cause that is all the more important during times of isolation and deprivation of income for many artists. Click here to watch and donate to the fundraiser for Backline
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After a slick opening credit, the song jumps from performer to performer in whatever setting they chose to set up shop. From home studios to living rooms to font porches, everyone in this Americana-themed song and video appears to be settled in for the long haul. The clip’s editing does a great job of mastering the transition from one singer to another, giving this cover of “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” a real communal feel. On some level, it’s hard to imagine just one voice singing it from now on. By the end, the song becomes quite uplifting as all of the voices come together for “Whoo-ee! Ride me high/Tomorrow’s the day my bride’s gonna come/Oh, oh, are we gonna fly, down in the easy chair!”
Watch The Social Dissidents perform “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”.
The Social Dissidents — “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (Bob Dylan)
[Video: Deren Ney]
The Social Dissidents are: Steve Adams, Anders Beck, Asher Belsky, Pappy Biondo, Caitlin Gowdey, Emily Clark, Laura Cole, Mike Curry, Zach Doiron, Andy Falco, Aimone Gronchi, Ross James, Dan Lebowitz, Tim Lefebvre, Grahame Lesh, Jeremy Lyon, Ben Morrison, Dave Mulligan, Elliott Peck, Jimmy Rowland, Jane Sheldon, and Erika Tietjen. If you liked the video, please consider making a donation to Backline.