It may be raining now after all these endless weeks of sunshine but here are a few important pointers to re establishing your happiness quotient:
It may be raining but we’re going to play Hank Williams.
It may be raining but we’re going to play George Jones.
It may be raining but but we’re going to play the longest song I have ever played on radio.
It may be raining but I am not going to play the bad stuff from “Knocked Out Loaded.”
It may be raining but we have an interview and session with Shelby Lynn.
OK…that’s enough weather. Let’s flesh in a little detail here.
First Shelby. Did anyone go to the gig? I was never going to go to the gig but I did have the pleasure of doing a Shelby crammer course during last week. She really has got a lot of lovely stuff on record and Love Shelby is a very good album. If you are going to get one I would suggest you listen to her Dusty Springfield album (Just A Little Lovin’).It really is gorgeous.
Interviewing Shelby was not the easiest thing I’ve ever done but I hope you’ll enjoy the chat tomorrow. The nice thing is she seemed to like it! (Phew….)
I think you will like the music of this man:
He is Gregory Alan Isakov and he sounds like a re born Ryan Adams. His album is called This Empty Northern Hemisphere….check it out, as they say.
We’ll also have a track from the new album of a song writer who has written a massive British No 1 hit single and lots of other great songs for artists including Morrisey, David Bowie and Ringo. You do the arith’ as my good friend Biffo would say.
Lastly………Join these dots up and stay fashionable.
All will be made clear round the wireless at five past eight on Friday night. BBC Radio Scotland.
Joining up the dots on the last 3 pictures:
“Well, there was this movie I seen one time
About a man riding ’cross the desert and it starred Gregory Peck
He was shot down by a hungry kid trying to make a name for himself
The townspeople wanted to crush that kid down and string him up by the neck…” the first of 17 verses to Bob Dylan’s “Brownsville Girl” originally co-written with Sam Sheppard as “New Danville Girl” for the Empire Burlesque album but following a Dylan tradition of the 80’s he left the best track off the album (see also Shot of Love, Infidels and Oh Mercy for other examples of outtakes beating most of the album cuts!)
Dougie – don’t know about you but I’m thinking a Dylan outatkes special is in order!
Indeed Norrie! Knocked Out Loaded didn’t need to happen! If Bob wan’t to compile an album from different sessions and bands in recent years (as he did with Knocked Out Loaded and Down In the Groove) here are a few epics that were outtakes from the period covering the previous 3 studio albums:
City Of Gold
Yonder Comes Sin
Let’s Keep It Between Us
No Man Righteous (No Not One)
Need A Woman
Ye Shall Be Changed
You Changed My Life
Coverdown Breakthrough (unreleased live album)
Foot Of Pride
Blind Willie McTell
Someone’s Got A Hold Of My Heart
Lord Protect My Child
Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
Julius ad Ethel
New Dansville Girl
probably 10 bonafide classic Dylan songs in there and if you move on to the Oh Mercy sessions in 1989 Bob left off
Series Of Dreams
Born In Time
Great list Dougie. Up to Me is one of my favourites as is Carribean Wind and of course Tell Tall Tales is just a superb collection of out-takes.
My first batch of Dylan records were:
Under The Red Sky
Down In The Groove
Knocked Out Loaded
when I was about 13 years old. So the last few weeks have brought back some great memories of listening to Dylan on my Walkman while doing my paper round !
Great to hear all 11 mins of Brownville Girl on the radio !! wow !! One of Dylans finest.