“May Your Song Always Be Sung,” a virtual tribute to Bob Dylan, is devoted to artists who, in most cases, have been singing Dylan songs for years and, in some cases, even recorded full-length albums devoted to them (Bettye LaVette’s Things Have Changed, Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks by Mary Lee Kortes’ band Mary Lee’s Corvette, Emma Swift’s Blonde on the Tracks).
The show, presented by Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs, will stream on Facebook and YouTube, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET, and be available for a limited time for free on-demand streaming. Viewers will be invited to make donations to Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair via paypal.com/paypalme/outpostintheburbs and support the artists via their respective websites.
Dylan will turn 80 on May 24.
Here are some Dylan covers by the artists participating in “May Your Song Always Be Sung”:
“This Wheel’s on Fire,” Richard Thompson
“Abandoned Love,” Nils Lofgren with Paul Rodgers (only Lofgren will be contributing to “May Your Song Always Be Sung”).
“Going, Going, Gone,” Bettye LaVette
“Tryin’ to Get to Heaven,” Robyn Hitchcock
“Every Grain of Sand,” Willie Nile
“Chimes of Freedom,” The Kennedys
“I’ll Keep It With Mine,” Richard Barone
“From a Buick 6,” Jeffrey Gaines
“Positively 4th Street,” Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie
“Meet Me in the Morning,” Amy Helm
“It Ain’t Me Babe,” Lucy Kaplansky
“Buckets of Rain,” James Maddock
“You’re a Big Girl Now,” Mary Lee Kortes
“A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” Bill Frisell
“Simple Twist of Fate,” Emma Swift
“Somebody’s Daughter,” Zara Phillips (NOTE: This is an original song, not a Dylan cover, but since the video was inspired by Dylan’s video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” it fits.)
NOTE: I could not find a video to include by Dan Wilson.
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