Who's Online Now
23 registered members (9ne, Fdemetrio, couchgrouch, BobDobbins, EL PRASO, Everett Adams, Calvin, Brian Austin Whitney, 6 invisible), and 542 guests, and
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Shout Box
Member Spotlight
Glen King
Glen King
Richmond,VA. USA
Posts: 1,212
Joined: July 2001
Show All Member Profiles 
LL'] ?> 
What's Going On
What have I done. Vic
by Fdemetrio. 02/23/19 02:13 PM
How It Seems
by Wendy D. 02/23/19 01:47 PM
That's What Dads Do
by Wendy D. 02/23/19 01:25 PM
4 and no comments
by Fdemetrio. 02/23/19 01:14 PM
Have you heard of this company?
by Sue Rarick. 02/23/19 12:42 PM
Tampa Stan
by Gregory Watton. 02/23/19 10:44 AM
Rockin' Jesus
by 9ne. 02/23/19 09:16 AM
Long Lonely Road
by Vicarn. 02/23/19 09:00 AM
Deconstructing The Love Song: How & Why Love Songs
by Brian Austin Whitney. 02/23/19 04:06 AM
Good at Giving
by 9ne. 02/22/19 06:54 PM
Old Fashion
by 9ne. 02/22/19 06:29 PM
song a week/we never ruled the world.
by maccharles. 02/22/19 06:01 PM
Karaoke Junkies Colaboration-Pete Escalante/Letha Allen
by Lisa Skinner Escalante. 02/22/19 04:48 PM
Better Real Orchestra Track?"Stage Door Johnny"
by Johnny Daubert. 02/22/19 01:25 PM
What's your favorite place for used gear?
by MJTaylor. 02/22/19 08:55 AM
Sorry (Neil Cotton)
by Neil Cotton. 02/20/19 10:46 PM
Sorry (link correction)
by Neil Cotton. 02/20/19 08:34 PM
Standing: You're Doing It Wrong
by E Swartz. 02/20/19 02:01 PM
Song Searching
by Neil Cotton. 02/20/19 01:02 PM
She Burns
by Michael LeBlanc. 02/20/19 11:28 AM
That's Why My Lady Is The Best (revised )
by Neil Cotton. 02/20/19 11:26 AM
BLOOD NOT BRINE
by Michael LeBlanc. 02/20/19 11:26 AM
Summer Frogs
by Michael LeBlanc. 02/20/19 11:23 AM
Love Lines
by Michael LeBlanc. 02/20/19 11:17 AM
Gamble At The Wheel
by Neil Cotton. 02/20/19 09:27 AM
You lying about my brother
by ckiphen. 02/19/19 02:59 PM
Nurse Yes
by couchgrouch. 02/19/19 11:33 AM
Ande's Lyric Writing Tips
by AndeRasmussen. 02/18/19 09:52 PM
EL PRASO - Orchestral/Cinematic Music Composer
by EL PRASO. 02/18/19 01:02 PM
Happy Birthday Johnn-Boy...
by 90 dB. 02/18/19 10:48 AM
Top Posters(All Time)
Calvin 19,698
Travis david 11,275
Kevin Emmrich 10,543
Jean Bullock 10,330
Kaley Willow 10,240
Two Singers 9,572
Joice Marie 9,186
Mackie H. 8,843
glynda 8,589
Mike Dunbar 8,574
Tricia Baker 8,318
Colin Ward 7,903
couchgrouch 7,459
Corey 7,357
Dave Rice 7,094
Wyman Lloyd 6,578
Mark Kaufman 6,442
Joe Wrabek 6,403
ben willis 6,095
Vicarn 5,981
Lynn Orloff 5,788
Louis 5,725
Linda Sings 5,604
niteshift 5,458
KimberlyinNC 5,210
Derek Hines 4,893
DonnaMarilyn 4,630
Neil Cotton 4,621
Blake Hill 4,528
Bob Cushing 4,356
Bill Osofsky 4,199
Tom Shea 4,179
Cindy Miller 4,178
TamsNumber4 4,032
Roy Cooper 4,017
nightengale 3,965
Caroline 3,865
Kolstad 3,790
Dan Sullivan 3,710
MFB III 3,687
beechnut79 3,485
Dottie 3,427
joewatt 3,411
E Swartz 3,281
Bill Cooper 3,279
John Hoffman 3,199
Skip Johnson 3,027
Pam Hurley 3,007
Terry G 3,005
PopTodd 2,890
Harriet Ames 2,870
Nigel Quin 2,812
MidniteBob 2,707
Nelson 2,570
Tom Tracy 2,558
Polly Hager 2,526
Jerry Jakala 2,524
Al Alvarez 2,499
Eric Thome 2,448
Hummingbird 2,401
Stan Loh 2,263
Sam Wilson 2,241
Judy Hollier 2,232
Erica Ellis 2,202
Wendy D 2,199
TrumanCoyote 2,096
Marty Helly 2,012
DukeWill 1,984
floyd jane 1,982
maccharles 1,909
Clint Anglin 1,904
cindyrella 1,888
David Wright 1,866
Clairejeanne 1,851
Cindy LaRosa 1,824
Ronald Boyt 1,675
Iggy 1,634
Noel Downs 1,620
Rick Heenan 1,596
Cal 1,574
Jack Swain 1,554
Pete Larsen 1,537
Ann Tygart 1,529
Tom Breshers 1,487
RogerS 1,461
Tom Franz 1,453
Chuck Crowe 1,441
Ralph Blight 1,440
Kenneth Cade 1,429
Rick Norton 1,428
bholt 1,411
Letha Allen 1,406
in2piano 1,404
Stan Simons 1,402
GocartMoz 1,396
mattbanx 1,384
Jen Shaner 1,373
Charlie Wong 1,347
KevinP 1,324
Vondelle 1,316
Tom W. 1,313
Jan Petter 1,301
Martin Lide 1,299
scottandrew 1,292
DakLander 1,265
Ian Ferrin 1,230
PeteG 1,229
Glen King 1,212
IdeaGuy 1,209
AaronAuthier 1,177
Diane Ewing 1,158
Gerry 1,119
summeoyo 1,085
joro 1,081
BobbyJoe 1,075
S.DEE 1,040
lane1777 1,038
yann 1,037
Tony A 1,016
argo 986
peaden 984
Wolvman 960
IronKnee 947
Fdemetrio 920
Jak Kelly 912
krtinberg 890
Deej56 887
Drifter 886
Petra 883
9ne 867
RJC 845
Brenda152 840
Nadia 827
Juan 797
TKO 784
frahmes 781
teletwang 762
90 dB 756
Andy K 739
tbryson 737
Andy Kemp 733
ant 732
Jackie444 731
3daveyO3 704
Dayson 703
Dixie 701
Joy Boy 695
Knute 686
Lee Arten 678
Katziis 652
R.T.MOORE 638
quality 637
CG King 622
douglas 621
Irwin 614
Mel 614
NaomiSue 601
Pat Hardy 599
Shandy 589
Ria 587
TAMERA64 583
qbaum 570
nitepiano 566
Moosesong 565
pRISCILLA 556
Tink2 553
musica 539
deanbell 528
RobertK 527
BonzaiWag 523
Roderic 522
BB Wilbur 511
goodfolks 499
Zeek 487
R&M 486
Stu 486
Steve P. 481
KathyW 462
allenb 459
MaxG 458
Philjo 454
fanito 448
trush48 448
dmk 442
arealrush 437
DGR 436
avweek 435
Stephen D 433
Emmy 431
Rob L 426
marquez 422
kit 419
Softkrome 417
kyrksongs 415
RRon 408
Laura G. 407
VNORTH 407
Debra 407
eb 406
cuebald 399
EdPerrone 399
Dannyk1 395
Hobart 395
Davyboy49 393
Smile 389
GJShades 387
Ezt 384
tone 380
Marla 380
Cecilee 379
iggyiggy 378
coalminer 377
java 374
spidey 371
sweetsong 370
Register Today!
Welcome to the Just Plain Folks forums! You are currently viewing our forums as a Guest which gives you limited access to most of our discussions and to other features.

By joining our free community you will have access to post and respond to topics, communicate privately with our users (PM), respond to polls, upload content, and access many other features. Registration is fast, simple, and absolutely free; so please join our community today!
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
#1141374 - 06/04/18 11:52 AM How To Cover A Dylan Song  
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
Fdemetrio Online content
Top 500 Poster
Fdemetrio  Online Content
Top 500 Poster

Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
There are too many Dylan Covers to count, the guy has made even more money off royalties of covers than his own releases.

But I have listened to Pete Townshends album "All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes" probably a thousand times since it first came out.

One of my favorites was a smaller song amongst the two hits, Face Dances and Slit Skirts, which I love. Love the whole album.

But this song "North Country Girl" I always thought was just a Pete Townshend solo song, never realizing that it was a re-structuring of Dylan's Girl from North Country
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR2FyMVTNvs

I plead ignorance, never knew it.

But to me, Pete takes this song to a way different and better place. Adding a pop chorus and hook, a bridge, and just making it more melodic and entertaining. But covering songs is not about doing the same exact thing the original did. Use some creativty would ya?

The song just makes me feel good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WavnVVDlBak

Last edited by Fdemetrio; 06/04/18 11:52 AM.
#1141379 - 06/04/18 01:18 PM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
Fdemetrio Online content
Top 500 Poster
Fdemetrio  Online Content
Top 500 Poster

Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
But Willie Nile did a whole album of Dylan covers...

Killer version of rainy day woman
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IaTpH5YPwcY

#1141384 - 06/04/18 01:42 PM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 3,259
Barry David Butler (D) Offline
Top 100 Poster
Barry David Butler (D)  Offline
Top 100 Poster

Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 3,259
Sebring, Florida USA
I did Blowin In The Wind...

#1141592 - 06/08/18 09:32 AM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 3,790
Kolstad Offline
Top 100 Poster
Kolstad  Offline
Top 100 Poster

Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 3,790
Denmark
Dylans recordings are so unique that you'll often get good results covering his works, if you have a good angle on one.


Buzz Tracks
Making media sweeter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buzztracks
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/buzztracks
#1141734 - 06/11/18 08:54 PM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,596
Rick Heenan Offline
Rick Heenan  Offline

Top 200 Poster

Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,596
Lockport NY, usa
Rearrange it to fit you. I cover a couple of Dylan tunes and they don't sound a lot like Dylan. Only real aficionados know.

#1141764 - 06/12/18 03:58 PM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 13,283
Michael LeBlanc Offline
Top 10 Poster
Michael LeBlanc  Offline
Top 10 Poster

Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 13,283
Louisiana
just choose a song you like and sing it without mimicking him,it'll work.

#1141767 - 06/12/18 05:34 PM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
Fdemetrio Online content
Top 500 Poster
Fdemetrio  Online Content
Top 500 Poster

Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
I was actually just trying share Petes "north country girl" with you guys, in other other words, this is how do it!

I'm not really interested in covering Dylan's songs.

But I think anyone who covers any song should make a completely different version of it. If it's too great or legendary of a song, don't cover it at all

Last edited by Fdemetrio; 06/12/18 05:35 PM.
#1141768 - 06/12/18 05:44 PM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 3,259
Barry David Butler (D) Offline
Top 100 Poster
Barry David Butler (D)  Offline
Top 100 Poster

Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 3,259
Sebring, Florida USA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH3Akw8XDDE

Here is my version with a new part and is really different.

#1142819 - 07/13/18 11:42 AM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Barry David Butler (D)]  
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 6,403
Joe Wrabek Offline
Top 40 Poster
Joe Wrabek  Offline
Top 40 Poster

Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 6,403
Garibaldi, OR USA
The fun part about covering Dylan songs is almost anybody can make it sound better than Dylan. Like one reporter said, "If sandpaper could sing, it would sound like Bob Dylan."

One that our Gospel band does is "Absolutely Sweet Marie." And we don't do it like Dylan. Rather, we emulate (sort of) the version done by Jason and the Scorchers, a punk-rock band.

You can always put your own spin on these things and get away with it. Most times, it will sound better than when it was done by Dylan.

Joe

#1142820 - 07/13/18 12:17 PM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
Fdemetrio Online content
Top 500 Poster
Fdemetrio  Online Content
Top 500 Poster

Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
Dylans a better singer than people give him credit for. He's on pitch all the time. He doesn't have much variation, it's one sound fits all, but he is distinctive, you turn on the radio and hear his voice you know who it is, even if you hadn't heard the song before. But he won't win American Idol.

I guess stuff sounds better when covered because its reaching a different audience. taking a folkie and making it pop, rock, country, blues etc.

Maybe to hardcore folkies, his versions are best.

#1142870 - 07/15/18 05:51 AM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: May 2006
Posts: 7,903
Colin Ward Offline
Colin Ward  Offline

Top 25 Poster

Joined: May 2006
Posts: 7,903
Saint Petersburg. FL
If you've never watched the the Dylan 30th Anniversary show, you definitely should. It is packed with great musicians covering Bob songs plus Bob himself. Tom Petty, Roger McGuinn, Eric Clapton, Roseanne Cash....and the list goes on.


Colin

I try to critique as if you mean business.....

http://colinwardmusic.com/

http://rosewoodcreekband.com/


#1143003 - 07/20/18 11:06 AM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 356
Sue Rarick Offline
Top 500 Poster
Sue Rarick  Offline
Top 500 Poster

Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 356
Oak Grove, KY
I was rehearsing out on the AC boardwalk in front of my condo when this old scroungy looking guy comes up and sits on the next bench over from me - I was doing like a rolling stone I finished and the guy comes over and in his best bob Dylan said - ya done good - yep it were da man himself.... Just a funny story




#1143247 - 07/27/18 05:58 PM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 486
R&M Offline
Top 500 Poster
R&M  Offline
Top 500 Poster

Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 486
I did a go between attempting a original between Knocking On Heaven's Door and Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth. I wanted real instruments for a song attempt over a synth.
It sounded pretty dumb.

But it seeems to be how musicians unpretentiously carry these most original influences. Not try to imitate them.

Last edited by R&M; 07/27/18 06:00 PM.

www.soundclick.com/1286
Analog recordings inspired by Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon. As well as folk, hard rock and Avant.


www.soundclick.com/MATTBANX
http://www.soundclick.com/banx

Contribute to my local retailer BSP:
www.electricfetus.com/Artist/1222546/mattbanx
#1143410 - 07/31/18 06:25 AM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: R&M]  
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,299
Martin Lide Online content
Top 200 Poster
Martin Lide  Online Content
Top 200 Poster

Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,299
Houston, Texas
Here is one method that I have seen used to cover Dylan song's on several occasions.


Become old.
Grow your gray hair out until it is unkempt and scroungy.
Wear a "legalize cannabis" T-shirt.
Hang a harmonica around your neck and play it poorly and sloppily but act like it's an ordained religious experience. A person does not just cover Dylan songs, they are a disciple.
Sing off key. In the case of Dylan's songs, that is correct.
Before and after you sing make esoteric references to obscure aspects of Dylan's life. Make it clear that you are an informed student of a god.
Don't know anything that has happened in music since 1974. (It's all trash anyway)

Hope that helps. wink

If anyone is interested, I also have some tips on how to cover "Folsum Prison Blues" and "Ring of Fire." For starters never refer to Johnny Cash as Johnny Cash. Refer to him as "Cash" and say his name with a "nuf said" arrogance in your vocal tone.
Act a little sullen and "on a mission."
No harmonicas. smile





#1143416 - 07/31/18 10:20 AM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
Fdemetrio Online content
Top 500 Poster
Fdemetrio  Online Content
Top 500 Poster

Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
Marty gonna have to disagree with Dylans pitch, he is on pitch all the time. Its just that his sound is messed up

And I also must disagree with your assesment of Johnny Cash. In my opinion he is one of the top 5 singers in popular music. Only a 5 note range, but he had what
autotune and technology and vocal lessons cant buy, he had authenticity. Nobody was more believable than Johnny Cash.

But covering songs is not about doing the same exact thing, not unless you are a cover band

#1143418 - 07/31/18 10:47 AM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,299
Martin Lide Online content
Top 200 Poster
Martin Lide  Online Content
Top 200 Poster

Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,299
Houston, Texas
Originally Posted by Fdemetrio
Marty gonna have to disagree with Dylans pitch, he is on pitch all the time. Its just that his sound is messed up

And I also must disagree with your assesment of Johnny Cash. In my opinion he is one of the top 5 singers in popular music. Only a 5 note range, but he had what
autotune and technology and vocal lessons cant buy, he had authenticity. Nobody was more believable than Johnny Cash.

But covering songs is not about doing the same exact thing, not unless you are a cover band



I never put a Dylan song into Melodyne, but I suspect your conclusion is arguable. I'm not going to argue it, but I don't think my ears are that off. The only question that I might ask...If Dylan was always on pitch, how then could his sound be messed up?

Please explain. wink

As for Cash, my post is nothing about Cash. It's about the people who cover Cash.

#1143420 - 07/31/18 11:08 AM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
Fdemetrio Online content
Top 500 Poster
Fdemetrio  Online Content
Top 500 Poster

Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 920
tone is different than pitch

#1143421 - 07/31/18 11:39 AM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,299
Martin Lide Online content
Top 200 Poster
Martin Lide  Online Content
Top 200 Poster

Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,299
Houston, Texas
Originally Posted by Fdemetrio
tone is different than pitch


I read that somewhere. wink

#1143435 - 07/31/18 11:36 PM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,909
maccharles Online content
Top 200 Poster
maccharles  Online Content
Top 200 Poster

Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,909
Magnet/gemma hayes.

Win.

#1145672 - 10/26/18 07:38 AM Re: How To Cover A Dylan Song [Re: Fdemetrio]  
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 565
Moosesong Offline
Top 500 Poster
Moosesong  Offline
Top 500 Poster

Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 565
Vacaville, CA, USA
"If Dylan was always on pitch, how then could his sound be messed up?"

when I put exactly the right amount of orange peels, banana peels, and coffee grounds into my garbage disposal, it will be the perfect pitch of E.

But seriously, I enjoy both Dylan songs and their covers. I still occasionally discover that a song I thought was written by the singer was actually the singer doing a cover of a Dylan song. Incredibly talented writer.


David Hunkins
Music page
www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandid=707030

I'm a 99 percent inspiration man living in a 99 percent perspiration world..

Moderated by  Brian Austin Whitney, Kevin Emmrich, Mike Dunbar 

Support Just Plain Folks

We would like to keep the membership in Just Plain Folks FREE! Your donation helps support the many programs we offer including Road Trips and the Music Awards.


Membership
Join Just Plain Folks
to receive the free
JPNotes Newsletter!
*this is separate from
message board registration*

Newest Members
jacobnixon, MJTaylor, SeanMichaels, dannyrichardson, ethan_lloyd
21155 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums116
Topics118,714
Posts1,119,084
Members21,155
Average Posts Daily26
Most Online1,541
Feb 21st, 2019
Just Plain Quotes
"If you are going to leave the "day job" business world to enter the music business world, and you forget all the lessons you learned in the "day job" business world, you are making the REAL mistake" -Brian Austin Whitney
Today's Birthdays
Stratos (44)
Popular Topics(Views)
February
S M T W T F S
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28
show/hide columns on this page
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0