Folk and Rock all time “great” artist, Bob Dylan, sang with two spirited and much younger jam bands, at the Grammies last night. His on stage backing comprised the groups Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers, at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards. The most notable was a boisterous rendition of Dylan’s 1965 classic song “Maggie’s Farm”.
Commentators have been saying that this was, to a degree, a homage to acoustic music which has been more popular this last year or so.
Dylan band members Stu Kimball, Donnie Herron, and Tony Garnier joined-in on the jam session. Those present said that it sounded a more bluegrass than usual for Bob’s style. Some said they thought it a little “rockabilly” when Dylan sung without his guitar and with nothing but a microphone, and a harmonica in his hand.
Bob Dylan is the pre-eminent poet / lyricist and tunesmith of his time. He re-energized the folk-music brand, brought a new lyrical depth to rock’n’roll when he went electrical, and bridged the worlds of rock and country by recording in Nashville. Bob Dylan is perhaps one of the most acclaimed influences in music of the twentieth century.
It’s the timelessness of almost all of his messages, but there’s a poetic, lyrical quality to several of his songs that, when coupled with his rather rough voice, that’s extraordinarily addictive. Bob Dylan is well known for songs that have philosophical, political as well as social influences. At the time when they were first released, his songs were welcomed by those that wanted something apart from the preferred and main-stream typical songs.
Dylan is among the world’s most well-liked and commended composers, musicians and performers, having sold more than 110 million albums and performed thousands of shows around the planet in a vocation which has spanning 5 decades. He recorded and released his first album, the self-titled “Bob Dylan”, in on March Nineteen, 1962. Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of the artist’s largest albums and sold right around the planet a total of more than 2.5 million copies and earning Dylan 2 more Grammy Awards.
It all started when, in the autumn of 1961, Dylan received a glowing review of one of his club performances in The NY Times, and was shortly signed to a recording contract with Columbia Records.