Showing posts from November, 2018

Bob Dylan - More Blood More Tracks Deluxe: Spending a Week In the Studio with Dylan; Blood On the Tracks Never Sounded So Good

Ken Regan/Courtesy of the artist Sorry if I've been hard to reach lately, I've been in the studio listening to Bob Dylan recording Blood On The Tracks and it is an experience far greater than I ever could have imagined. Let's get one thing straight. I am neither a Dylanologist nor a super fan. My interest in Dylan has gone up and down as he has gone through his phases. His initial success as a folk singer and songwriter placed him at the pinnacle of his craft. Then he went electric, a golden age of sorts. Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde, John Wesley Harding, the amazing albums kept coming. "Positively 4th Street", "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again", "Subterranean Homesick Blues", etc., this was the good stuff in the middle 60s. As the sixties came to an end, I was hooked. I enjoyed Nashville Skyline , even if "Lay Lady Lay" seemed kind of slick. I stayed on the bandwag

Matthew Perryman Jones, Burlap and Bean, Newtown Square, PA, 10/18/2018; It Was His Album Release Tour for The Waking Hours; Molly Parden Opened With a Beautiful Acoustic Set

Photo: Robby Klein Matthew Perryman Jones brought his album release tour to Newtown Square's Burlap and Bean on Thursday, October 18th. This tour gave the Philadelphia area a chance to catch two Nashville based singer-songwriters at one of the area's best venues. To play his most excellent new album, the The Waking Hours , Jones brought a band consisting of Erick Cole on bass and Josh Kaler on drums (Kaler also produced the album). With Jones on guitar and vocals, this show may have been as loud as it gets at Burlap and Bean. Opener Molly Parden also added some backing vocals to Jones' set. After a lovely opening set by Parden and an intermission, Jones and his band took the stage and played the first five songs from his new album, in order, on the way to playing a total of eight out of nine songs that make up The Waking Hours . After seven from the new one, he shifted gears and went to his trusty acoustic guitar for a solo, "O Theo", from the Land of th