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Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan From Cameron House Records
As a hardcore Dylan fan, you often feel somehow uncomfortable around the general public. You mention Dylan and the person you’re talking with sounds appropriately venerational at first, but when you press harder it turns out they are a Greatest Hits-type. They love Hurricane, they know that.
That is never a problem at the Cameron House. At the Cameron House you hear Jack Marks rip into the opening chords of a song you recognize from maybe thousands of listens, but to your frustration, can’t immediately name. You say, “I know this is a Dylan song, from Highway 61 Revisited, but….” Then someone like Dennis (Cameron House regular, all around great guy) chimes in with the answer, From a Buick 6. Realizing you are in the right place, you order another beer.
Bob Dylan music and the Cameron House go hand-in-hand. On any given night you’ll likely hear at least a few songs from the poet laureate of rock and roll. Whether it’s the five to ten blistering covers populating a typical Saturday night Jack Marks set, a bone-dry reading of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest from a recent Doug Paisley residency, or the are-we-in-Woodstock-right-now-and-is-this-Big-Pink? appeal of David Baxter doing You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.
Recent articles in Now Magazine, The National Post and Exclaim! Magazine have all spoken of Tarantuela’s debut album Good Luck-Black Cat-Bad Luck in the context of The Basement Tapes and the broader work of The Band. One of the songs is called Rita May, but it has no connection to the discarded Desire track, it’s actually influenced by The Basement Tapes’ Please Mrs. Henry instead. Another of the album’s songs, Early Mornin’ Blues, was written after the band was unable to cross the Canadian-U.S. border to see a Dylan show.
“I was lucky enough to catch Dylan on his Modern Times tour, and then a few years later Tarantuela took a detour to see Bob Dylan and Levon Helm in Saratoga Springs, New York. Right from the start, we realized our drummer didn’t have proper Identification, so he couldn’t cross the border. We also made the critical mistake of rollin’ up in a sketchy, white, band-van and claiming we were on our way to see Bob Dylan. Bad Idea. They spent enough time searching the van to throw us of course and we missed the concert,” said Tarantuela lead singer Jay Swinnerton.
We may have digressed. Let’s just say that the Cameron House has a lot of love for Bob Dylan. We hope he keeps touring for another few decades. And if he ever set up a non-touring show in Vegas we’d be there for that. And if he could no longer sing but only dance hilariously to Things Have Changed, we’d be there for that too. And if, Bob, you ever want to drop in to see the bar where Ron Sexsmith got his start, the Kamikazes are on us.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please [Wish a happy birthday to] the poet laureate of rock ‘n’ roll. The voice of the promise of the 60s counterculture. The guy who forced folk into bed with rock. Who donned makeup in the 70s and disappeared into a haze of substance abuse. Who emerged to find Jesus. Who was written off as a has-been by the end of the ’80s, and who suddenly shifted gears releasing some of the strongest music of his career beginning in the late ’90s. Ladies and gentlemen — Columbia recording artist Bob Dylan”