Drive It To The Moon’s Unknown Salute to Bob Dylan’s Tempest

by Lee Gonnella on September 11, 2012


Bob Dylan’s  new album, Tempest,  is officially being released tomorrow,  so  welcome to the Drive It To The Moon tribute to Zimmy,  on the eve of this much anticipated occasion.  It’s said that imitation is the sincerest  form of flattery, and in that vein we’re going to have a look at a few not-so-well known entertainers who have been influenced by Dylan.

This first video is from The Dust Bowl Band,  featuring Josh Tyler from the Hudson River Valley. Here they are live from a bookstore,  doing one of my favorites, “In The Summertime”  from Shot of Love.



It’s been almost 50 years since Dylan got to New York and started his recording journey.  This next song has been done by just about everyone.  Bob wrote it for one of his own kids,  but there’s something very innocent about hearing it sung by this young lady.   I don’t know her name or anything about her,  but here she is doing “Forever Young”,  from Dylan’s Planet Waves.



Speaking of Planet Waves,  here’s another great song from that very under-rated album.  I remember seeing Planet Waves in the cut-out bins of record stores not very long after it came out.  This is Kevin Magoon from the state of New Hampshire,  doing his version of “Never Say Goodbye”.



John Fogarty once said a great song should be simple and easy enough for anyone to play.  I think that’s one of the most interesting things about Dylan,  that his songs can appeal to seemingly everyone,  and  instill such heartfelt emotion.   I listened to a lot of versions of  “Billy” today,  but this one by a man named Claude Johnson  really stood out.  It cuts off abruptly at the end but it’s still well worth hearing.



That’s our musical salute to Bob,  I hope everyone enjoys it!  A huge thanks to our mostly unknown performers for helping us ring in the new Dylan album!

As you were….


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