Bob Dylan sings the Blues – A playlist

Bob Dylan sings the Blues – A Playlist


Blues is a genre and musical form that originated in African-American communities in the “Deep South” of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The genre is a fusion of traditional African music and European folk music, spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.

The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterised by the call-and-response pattern and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common.

Bob Dylan is heavily influenced by blues in many of its shapes, jazz blues, country blues, folk blues, gospel blues, swing blues and more. All these forms of music are what we often call roots oriented music and stems from old music traditions. Dylan has played blues and blues influenced songs all through his career.

The songs I’ve picked are not necessary pure blues, but I believe all of them touches the blues or are strongly influenced by it. There are many more I could have picked, but I like this collection. It is a good playlist for those blue and rainy Western-Norway days. I’ve included three songs from his latest album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, False Prophet, Goodbye Jimmy Reed and Crossing The Rubicon.

Cant Wait in Milan 2011 – His most bluesy and best live performance the last 20 years, in my not so humble opinion:

Bob Dylan sings the blues, Spotify playlist:

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3 thoughts on “Bob Dylan sings the Blues – A playlist

  1. One of my favorite blues songs by Dylan is Takes A Lot to Laugh. Highway 61 Revisited also qualifies, but much of his stuff has hints of the blues.

  2. Yes, You’re right, I’ll include both those songs ASAP. (and I’m kicking myself for not including them in the first version). Thanks again for valuable feedback 🙂

    PS: It will take a few minutes before they show up in the playlist

    1. Hallgeir: BealBBros’ comments are right on. When ever.Mississippi John was at the Gaslight Bobby was usually there. He also soaked up a lot from Dave Van Ronk and Ramblin’ Jack’s country blues. I always thought that he did justice to their influence.. Amazingly, in my eighties I finally took a trip to the Blues. The subject matter is a touchy part of gettin’ old, It’s titled “My Testosterone is Low” It’s a low libido blues.and it’s a hoot. The “House band” was played and arranged by Jon James in his Shedd Studios in Grand Junction Co.. JRW

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