Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Barry Beckett, Muscle Shoals Musician, Dies at 66

Barry Beckett, an Alabama-born keyboardist who helped create the distinctly Southern amalgamation of rhythm and blues, soul and country that became known as the Muscle Shoals sound, and who as a producer recorded a wide range of music with Bob Dylan, Kenny Chesney, Bob Seger, Dire Straits and others, died on Wednesday at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn., north of Nashville. He was 66. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, June 12, 2009

Swamper Barry Beckett dies at 66

Beckett co-produced Bob Dylan’s first platinum album, “Slow Train Coming,” along with the late Jerry Wexler at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios at 1000 Alabama Ave. in Sheffield. CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, June 7, 2009

America's folkie guru has always been a spiritualist

American music's most eccentric hero turns out to be an enduring spiritual realist for unreal times.

From the start, Bob Dylan has been called a troubadour trickster, gypsy prophet, folkie guru, "voice of his generation" (he hated that one). He wrote about war, heartbreak, life's answers blowing in the wind. He warned that "he not busy being born is busy dying." Thirty years ago this summer, he confounded everyone again, releasing a born-again Christian record. People have puzzled over Dylan's religion ever since. CLICK HERE to read more
“The highest form of song is prayer.”
-Bob Dylan

STOCKHOLM 04.05.2002

Just a few days after performing at the 2002 Grammy's, Bob Dylan recorded a new re-write of "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" for "Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" with longtime friend Mavis Staples. One month later he would kick off a new tour in Stockholm Sweden and perform Solid Rock (what many consider the theme song to his gospel era concerts) for the first time in 20 years. Dylan would continue to perform this rousing song as well as other gospel era songs at numerous concerts across Europe and beyond. The two-time Grammy nominated compilation would be released on Sony/Columbia one year later on April 1, 2003.

Sinead O'Connor - Property Of Jesus