Tag Archives: traditional

Bob Dylan performing ‘Pretty Peggy-O’

I’ve been meaning to post this one for a while now and I could never forget it. I rate this performance very high.

I don’t even know the date or venue but my guess would be some time in 1998 about mid-year. If anyone knows the date and venue of this show, please let me know!

The band would have been:
David Kemper – Drums
Tony Garnier – Bass
Bucky Baxter – Pedal Steel
Larry Campbell – Guitar

This is only the second version of this song I’ve heard. Post sixties of course. Did he do it much in the early 60s?
Anyway, the first version I heard was from a copy of the ‘Mercury Lounge’ show in Melbourne, 1998. I’m pretty sure there weren’t a huge amount of seats sold and many would have been reserved. Was/is the ‘Mercury Lounge a part of Melbourne’s Crown Casino. Don’t know and I don’t really care – they played an awesome show.

What I care about is the way Dylan uses his voice in this period of his career – particularly 1997-1998. To me the melody lines and phrasing patterns Bob uses vocally are very sound and executed, delivered brilliantly.The chord progression is beautiful in this version of the age-old song Pretty Peggy-O, which would go by many a’name as well. The song is elegantly performed by Bob Dylan and his band.

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Kinky Friedman and Bob Dylan playing Sold American at Chabad Telethon on the 15th of September, 1991

I find this somewhat bizarre as I have never seen a Jewish telethon before. I don’t think there are that many clips out there of Bob Dylan solely playing lead guitar for someone and not singing a word. His electric guitar playing probably could have been mixed in better but this is definitely a must see for dedicated Dylan fans.

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Here is another Chabad telethon clip I found. This one is from 1989 and features Peter Himmelmann, Harry Dean Stanton and Moiche Rubenstein – aka Bob Dylan. ha. They perform a traditional Romanian song and Bob is playing a flute and recorder in this clip.

Oh Mercy CD (1989)

I also found this performance of ‘Hava Nagila” from the same 1989 Chabad telethon as above

and a version of ‘La Adelita’ which features Bob singing and playing the recorder.

If anyone finds anymore of these clips let me know!

Enjoy!

Video of myself covering Alberta – Recorded today

I have recorded many Dylan songs over the last 6 years or so and I think Alberta was the first song I did. Alberta is a traditional song that opened and closed Dylan’s album Self Portrait (1970).

I have a strong love for this song and I hope you all enjoy this as much as I enjoyed playing it.

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