Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Step It Up And Go

Blind Boy Fuller says "...can't stand pat, swear you gotta step it up and go." And this record does just that-it moves. The first time I heard this song was on Bob Dylan's excellent and often overlooked Good As I Been to You from 1992, the first of two records comprised entirely of standards and old folk and blues numbers. Bob recorded them in his garage in Malibu after an aborted group of sessions in Chicago with David Bromberg, also entirely of other people's songs, including "Kaatskill Serenade"
which I was blown away by twice when first hearing it: first, by thinking it was a great lost Dylan track, and secondly by discovering that Bromberg had written it. Bob has a way of making these songs his own. Stay tuned for a Gene Austin post.


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