The Long Players Perform Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks
Dylan heads who argue that Blood on the Tracks is The Bob’s best record aren’t necessarily wrong. The 1975 LP isn’t just “Dylan’s Divorce Record” — chronicling the dissolution of the singer’s first marriage through pain, anger and regret-replete bloodlettings like “Simple Twist of Fate” and the immortal “Tangled Up in Blue” — it’s the bar-setting template for all rock ’n’ roll divorce records that followed. And it remains the most personal album Dylan — who built a career on obfuscating his true identity — ever recorded. On “Idiot Wind,” arguably Blood on the Track’s signature odyssey of imagery, Dylan takes the prosecutorial rage of his ’60s protest anthems and applies it to his own struggles with love and celebrity, while indicting his estranged wife for forcing him to face himself. It’s perhaps his folkiest record of the ’70s, and the emotional intimacy of sparse laments like “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” and “Shelter From the Storm” is matched musically with shimmering in-the-moment performances by one of Dylan’s most intuitive studio bands. Replicating those performances is a tall order, but The Long Players — Nashville’s premiere ensemble of session cats covering classic albums on stage from start to finish — have previously excelled with Dylan staples like Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited, and are up to the task. Furthermore, they’re likely to deliver far more faithful renditions of these songs than Dylan does these days.
Sat, Dec 28 | 8:30 PM
The Mercy Lounge
$20 ADV / $25 DOS
18 and over