Re: Dylan "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" cover
- From: "Carl" <crothman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 09:08:20 -0400
Generally, I've not been a big fan of Dylan's Nashville Skyline LPIn general, I'm not a great lover of commercial country music either, but
(or of country music generally) but I've been thinking that this song
has potential as a more bluesy, upbeat tune. So I gave it a go:
This is a pretty rough cut in terms of having a limited number of
takes and very little in terms of post-recording processing: there's
some EQ and compression on the bass, acoustic guitar, and vocal
tracks and that's it. The only other "effect" is a volume pedal on
the guitar track that's panned left. You'll hear the volume-pedal
effect on that track in the bridge and the instrumental break.
I may beef up the mix a bit with more post-processing but I wanted to
get some comments first.
Instruments: Gretsch Tennessean (panned left), Custom Hamburguitar
(slide; panned right), Seagull Artist Portrait Acoustic (2 tracks,
one fairly low in the mix); Rick 4001 bass.
Drums: Superior Drummer 2, Custom & Vintage add-on.
Constructive criticism welcome! Thanks in advance.
I'll have to qualify that Nashville Skyline was one of my favorite Dylan
albums and that song, one of the best tunes. I don't think Dylan's style
makes him sound "commercial country" in any way in any case. The idea was
that he was paying hommage to Nashville country roots, not to "be" country.
With all of that, I have to commend you on attempting your own take on an
already classic song. You get a lot of credit for that and did an admirable
I am not the consummate musician, nor am I either a bass player nor an
arranger, but since you asked for suggestions, I hope you don't mind mine. I
would like to see you shed that simplistic I-V bass pattern with its
stop-and-go style which makes the song sound choppy to me. If you want to
experiment, try adding a 4-to-the-bar walking bass line more like what a
jazz player might do and I think you'll have something that will sound more
crossover than what you've accomplished by just adding a few blues licks as
Or, just ignore me like my wife does and forge ahead... :-) Good job.
Thanks for posting it.
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