We’re going to finish up a summer of Grateful Dead music here at Stormy Mondays with a selection of Bob Dylan covers performed by Bob Weir. While much of Garcia’s solo Dylan tunes were great, his GD performances were often lacking in any real emotion, especially in the ’90s, but Bobby has always done a great job inhabiting the songs in all his contexts, and giving expressive readings of the material. He’s long been one of foremost interpreters of Dylan’s songbook—as long as he can remember the words! The two paired up for a show last night in Hershey and sadly there was no collaboration.
This mix draws largely on early 2000’s Ratdog, such as the opening Playing in the Band (a real hot version too) > She Belongs to Me, which joined the repertoire in the late ’90s. From the GD era, there’s a show opening CC Rider > Train to Cry. Garcia sings the Dylan tune, but I always liked the pairing. Then there’s an excellent version of Desolation Row, with a little reggae breakdown in the middle, and finally Silvio, the rare Dylan tune that Dylan didn’t write. Instead, Robert Hunter was asked to pen the song for 1988’s Down in the Groove, and it was picked up by Ratdog in 2005. Also, since this largely a Ratdog mix, it’s worth noting that there’s a lot of great playing by Kenny Brooks included here too. As always, enjoy!