Matt & I had the absolute joy and delight of hearing Bob Dylan in Memphis two weeks ago, as part of his traveling Americanarama Festival. The festival also featured Richard Thompson Trio, My Morning Jacket, and Wilco, who all gave fantastic performances. The show began at 5:30pm sharp and ran until 11pm. Fortunately, we were in the bleachers for a good portion of that time, we might not have made it that long standing.
Despite what folks may say about Dylan in this decade’s performing style, we found him to be just as relevant and spirited as ever. He played a couple tunes from his new record along with many favorites, both popular (Tangled Up in Blue) and obscure (She Belongs to Me). His band is very tight and they take great care of Bob and his tunes.
I’ve recently reacquainted myself with some of his earlier tunes, and am just bowled over by It’s Alright Ma, (I’m Only Bleeding). Such a powerfully epic poem and so relevant in many ways. A great thing about Bob’s site – every song is listed with lyrics, publishing date, the last time he played it and how many times in his career he’s played it. Fascinating stuff for a super-fan like myself.
Anyhow, I do recommend listening and/or reading this one.
The few photos I snapped at the show were with my phone – I don’t think regular/bigger cameras were allowed to the show so I didn’t bring it. These two are very sweet – after his encore, he showed his gratitude for this audience, which ranged from preteens to elders.