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, Woody Guthrie
[Originally Published: September 27th, 2012]
Last weekend I walked into my local Berkeley coffee shop and Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row was playing on the stereo. I turned to my friend and asked if he had any way of identifying what verse we were at – but neither of us could place how far into the song we were, or how likely it was the song would still be playing when we left. It was, in fact, still playing when we left. Later that night, I saw Wilco at The Greek Theatre open with One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend) – yet another song with numerous (albeit short) verses, and thus was born this week’s B List. Interestingly, both of those songs, and many listed below, share the characteristic of also not having a chorus.
Hurricane – Bob Dylan
There was a time in high school where I could recite all eleven verses from Dylan’s protest song for boxer and accused murdered Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. If I had time to dig through enough songs, we could probably make a B List of only Bob Dylan songs that have eight or more verses. In addition to the mention of Desolation Row in the intro, Tangled Up In Blue, Lily, Rosemary and The Jack of Hearts, the list goes on and on.
Bob Dylan – Hurricane – 1975 Live by movisfree
Each year for the past few years, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra have collaborated with a legendary rocker to raise money for programming. In 2011 the group paired with Eric Clapton, while last year found them teaming up with Paul Simon. This time around, the large ensemble will perform two shows with “visiting presenters” Crosby, Stills and Nash.
The first performance will take place on May 1 and will be the institute’s annual fund-raising event, while a May 3 performance will be open to the public. Marsalis and members of his band will arrange the trio’s tunes for what’s being billed as “The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook.” In a statement Wynton weighed in on the shows, “Individually and collectively, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash are influential and important figures in American music. Their music is rooted in American folk, pop and blues traditions and their experiments with form, harmony and orchestration will make for a natural collaboration.” Ticketing information can be found at the Jazz at Lincoln Center website.
[via New York Times' Arts Beat]
With plans for their long in the works covers record with Rick Rubin scrapped, CSN members David Crosby and Graham Nash have found themselves with some new spare time on their hands. The two members of the legendary folk-rock group, who have not only parted way with Rubin, but also with Columbia Records, have decided to seize the opportunity to form their own record label and have also schedule some live dates together.
The duo, whose label’s first release will be a reissue of their must-own, out-of-print live album Another Stoney Evening, have announced a short eight-date theater run, that kicks off on March 25 at Long Beach Terrace Theater in Long Beach, CA, with additional shows to be scheduled.
If you can’t make it to any the duo’s tour dates, then maybe you’ll be able to hit one of these recently announced tours…
Finally, this summer will see the return of Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown tour to amphitheaters around the country. The traveling country music festival, which will host acts on three stages, will be headlined by Nelson and country-rocker Jamey Johnson with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real handling second stage duties. The fest will also feature the Bluebird Cafe tent featuring intimate “in-the-round” performances by six singer/songwriters, who will be revealed in the coming weeks.