JUST LIKE TOM THUMB’S BLUES

This song from Bob Dylan’s pivotal 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited has long been my favorite Dylan lyric. Six verses, no chorus, with a lyric that contains poverty, disease, loose women, crooked cops, alcohol, drugs and New York City. What more do you need from...

LITTLE SISTER

It was only a matter of time before The King showed up here. This song was a Top 5 hit for Big El in 1961, and it’s been covered by everyone from Ry Cooder and Robert Plant to Pearl Jam and Dwight Yoakam. I had a little downtime over the weekend, so I figured...

BUS STOP

I’ve had it in my head to do this song for a while. ‘Bus Stop’ was The Hollies’ first Top Ten hit in the US, and it’s always been my favorite Hollies tune. Since the song is so harmony-dependent, I asked Bob Sole if he’d help me...

PENNY LANE

When Tommy Dolan and I did ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ a few weeks ago, he raised the idea of doing the other side of that double-A Side single, so here it is. We got a little help on this one from Rich Forman on keyboards and Robert Sole on vocals. This...

OVER, UNDER, SIDEWAYS, DOWN

After doing ‘Better Man Than I’ with Scott Bittner, I got the idea in my head to do another Yardbirds song – the only question was which one? They had so many cool hits. I finally opted for one from the 1966 album Roger The Engineer that featured...
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