The concept at work here is Bob Dylan's songs interpreted by blues musicians.
The concept at work here is Bob Dylan's songs interpreted by blues musicians. It's a solid idea—even an obvious one—and it's carried off in convincing fashion. Producer Randy Labbe put together a stalwart studio rhythm section, including Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon (aka Double Trouble, Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing band), and invited blues artists to lay down Dylan tracks. The best results come from players who showed up and did their thing without trying to reference Dylan's sound. Lend an ear to Joe Louis Walker's superb cover of "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again" and Eric Bibb's sublime version of "Just Like a Woman." Clarence Bucaro's rendition of "One of Us Must Know" is the most innovative cover on the album. Sean Costello, Cyril Neville, and zydeco master C.J. Chenier also shine.—PVV
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