Hey friends, we wanted to share with you a short piece written by Radon friend Chase Abner about the upcoming Bob Dylan Cover Night on Nov 9.
Chase is hosting the show, and if the people like it, perhaps we’ll have more cover nights to come! Here’s Chase:
We were a bunch of 4th graders on a field trip singing at the top of our lungs to a battery-powered boombox as our school bus wound its way through the hills of Eastern Kentucky. The song? “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ Roses. We probably listened to it 15 times that day. I remember feeling so rebellious. Guns N’ Roses certainly weren’t welcome in my parents’ house in those days. At the time, the music felt so edgy… so rock n roll.What we didn’t realize, however, is that the song was actually written by a guy who was the rebel of our parents’ generation – Bob Dylan.For most of us born after 1980, we were first exposed to Bob Dylan through cover songs. How many times did you hear Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” before you knew it was a Dylan song. Or maybe it was “Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, or Adele… or even Billy Joel (who covered it before it even appeared on a Dylan album). Johnny Cash was all about Dylan. He and June Carter Cash have the definitive version of Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe.”The list could go on and on.Admittedly, Bob Dylan will not top the list of many’s favorite singers. His legacy will always be songs. He’s a writer. And he’s a writer’s writer. And in that spirit, we at the RADON want to honor that legacy with a night of covers. The styles will be diverse. The songs will address everything from politics to love to faith and back. The common thread will be that they are songs both from and inspired by Bob Dylan’s body of work.