New albums from Emmylou Harris and Paul Simon:
Songs about baseball, Emmitt Till, & Blue Moons;
Music in memory of Phoebe Snow and Hazil Dickens:
Mississippi John Hurts songs;
BOB DYLAN’s BIRTHDAY: Meanwhile, I am continuing to think about Bob Dylan’s birthday and will repeat here what I posted a few weeks ago. I don’t make much of it on the air every year – and I usually play enough of his music during the year to not really need an excuse to play more – but this will be his 70th. The actual day is May 24th so I will do whatever I do on May 22nd. What I’ve pulled out so far is Joan Baez” talking blues about Dylan called “Time Rag” – and Mike Seeger and Happy Traum playing banjo with him on “Hollis Brown” and “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” respectively.
Playing music on the radio by Dylan – or the handful of other super well-known folks I enjoy – does leave less time for those who more need the exposure, in whatever sense being on a show like mine might be potentially useful, and less time to hope to turn listeners on to musicians they may not know. When I do it, I often turn to some of their work that may be relatively obscure – lesser known songs by Dylan or The Dead or The Band, for example, or versions that may be lesser known. But then too there’s the great feeling when you’re listening to the radio and you hear a song – and maybe a specific version of that song – and simultaneously realize that you love it and you haven’t thought of it in years. So, I try for some of that too, though it has its own pitfalls.
An example is Jack Elliott’s “912 Greens” – the 7:23 version on the 1968 LP called Young Brigham with album notes by Johnny Cash, as opposed to the longer version that’s on a much more recent CD. To some people, it has that allure. I don’t find it quite as spellbinding as some do though I’m happy to hear it again from time-to-time. But, I know, or at least sense, that there are others who hear the first note and think, “Oh, no. Not this again.”
So, if there are certain versions of songs written, sung or about Bob Dylan you’d like to hear during the May 22nd show, please let me know.