Jackie Greene…… Times Three!

I had a special request from a lovely lady called Lisa,who already has a Jack Fate & previously ordered Jerry Garcia too, to make not one Jackie Greene, but three!
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Jackie Greene plays a lot with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, former member of the Grateful Dead. It was a challenge to get them all as identical as possible. After a bit of picture research we decided on the white Gibson SG guitars with the braid straps.
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This is the picture I based that on…….
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The great thing about this is that Lisa tells me that one of these is actually for the man himself! Now.. That’s a first for me. Maybe after Chritmas we’ll see the Real Jackie Greene with his woolly self!? Who know…. it would be great.
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I enjoyed listening to some of his songs.  I like him.

In A Basement Down The Stairs (Under Cover)

Being a highly unscientific listing of possible basement cover influences.

Spanish Is The Loving Tongue – Ian & Sylvia – 1963
The Royal Canal – Ian & Sylvia – 1963
Po’ Lazarus – Ian & Sylvia – 1963
Four Strong Winds – Ian & Sylvia – 1963
One Single River – Ian & Sylvia – 1965
A Satisfied Mind – Ian & Sylvia – 1965
The French Girl – Ian & Sylvia – 1966
Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies – Ian & Sylvia – 1967
Big River – Ian & Sylvia – 1967

Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash – 1955
New Mexico – Johnny Cash – 1955, released 1964
Belshazzar – Johnny Cash – 1957
Big River – Johnny Cash – 1957
You Win Again – Johnny Cash – 1960
Still In Town – Johnny Cash – 1964
Wildwood Flower – Johnny Cash – 1964

Wildwood Flower – Joan Baez – 1960
The Trees They Do Grow High – Joan Baez – 1961
A Satisfied Mind – Joan Baez – 1965
If You Were A Carpenter – Joan Baez – 1967
Wildwood Flower – Joan Baez – 1960
A Satisfied Mind – Joan Baez – 1965
If You Were A Carpenter – Joan Baez – 1967

Johnny Todd – Ewan MacColl – 1957
Rosin’ The Bow – A.L. Lloyd – 1962
A Long Time A-Growin’ – Ewan MacColl – 1960
The Trees They Do Grow High – A.L. Lloyd – 1960
Johnny Todd – A.L. Lloyd & Ewan MacColl – 1963
Bonnie Ship The Diamond – A.L. Lloyd – 1967

Rosin’ The Bow – Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem – 1959
The Royal Canal – Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem – 1964
Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies – Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem – 1964
The Royal Canal – Liam Clancy – 1965
Lang Time A-Growin’ – Liam Clancy – 1965

Wildwood Flower – The Carter Family – 1928
Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies – The Carter Family – 1932
See That My Grave’s Kept Clean – The Carter Family – 1933
Can The Circle Be Unbroken (By And By) – The Carter Family – 1935
Four Strong Winds – The Carter Family – 1965

My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It – Hank Williams – 1949
Cool Water – Hank Williams – ca. 1948/49
You Win Again – Hank Williams – 1952
Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw – Luke the Drifter (aka Hank Williams) – 1952

Buffalo Skinners – Pete Seeger – 1956
The Bells of Rhymney – Pete Seeger – 1958
She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain – Pete Seeger – 1958
Spanish Is The Loving Tongue – Pete Seeger – 1960

Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad – Woody Guthrie – 1940
Dead Or Alive – Woody Guthrie – 1944
900 Miles – Woody Guthrie – 1944
Buffalo Skinners – Woody Guthrie – 1945

Bonnie Ship The Diamond – Judy Collins – 1962
The Bells of Rhymney – Judy Collins – 1963
Bonnie Boy Is Young – Judy Collins – 1964

The Bells of Rhymney – The Byrds – 1965
A Satisfied Mind – The Byrds – 1965
The French Girl – Gene Clark – 1967

Buffalo Skinners – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott & Derroll Adams – 1957
Cool Water – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – 1962
900 Miles – Derroll Adams – 1966

(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I – Hank Snow – 1953
I Don’t Hurt Anymore – Hank Snow – 1954
Cool Water – Hank Snow – 1965

All American Boy – Bobby Bare – 1958
500 Miles Away From Home – Bobby Bare – 1963
Four Strong Winds – Bobby Bare – 1964

Joshua Gone Barbados – Eric Von Schmidt – 1963
Buffalo Skinners – Eric Von Schmidt – 1963
Down On Me – Eric Von Schmidt – 1963

Will The Circle Be Unbroken – The Staple Singers – 1960
Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw – The Staple Singers – 1964

Mr Blue – The Fleetwoods – 1959
Confidential To Me – The Fleetwoods – 1959

See That My Grave’s Kept Clean – Dave van Ronk – 1961
Po’ Lazarus – Dave van Ronk – 1963

I’m In The Mood – John Lee Hooker – 1951
Tupelo – John Lee Hooker – 1959

All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers – 1958
People Get Ready – The Everly Brothers – 1965

Wildwood Flower – The Stanley Brothers – 1961
Will The Circle Be Unbroken – The Stanley Brothers – 1964

My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It – Hank Williams Jr. – 1964
You Win Again – Hank Williams Jr. – 1964

My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It – Ricky Nelson – 1958
Waltzing With Sin – Sonny Burns – ?
Cool Water – Odetta – 1963
They Gotta Quit Kickin’ My Dog Aroun’ – New Christy Minstrels – 1965
Baby, Ain’t That Fine – Gene Pitney & Melba Montgomery – 1966
Rock Salt And Nails – Flatt & Scruggs – 1965
(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I – Elvis Presley – 1959
People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions – 1965
People Get Ready – The Chambers Brothers – 1966
I Don’t Hurt Anymore – Dinah Washington – 1954
Young But Growing – Paul Clayton – 1959
The Trees They Do Grow High – Martin Carthy – 1965
Buffalo Skinners – Cisco Houston – 1961
Buffalo Skinners – Jim Kweskin – 1965
See That My Grave’s Kept Clean – Blind Lemon Jefferson – 1928
Flight Of The Bumble Bee – José Feliciano – 1965
If I Were A Carpenter – Tim Hardin – 1967
All I Have To Do Is Dream – Roy Orbison – 1963
Will The Circle Be Unbroken – The Monroe Brothers – 1936
Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad – Elizabeth Cotten – 1958
Silhouettes – The Rays – 1957
Silhouettes – Herman’s Hermits – 1965
Confidential To Me – Sonny Knight – 1956
Four Strong Winds – The Brothers Four – 1964
Four Strong Winds – The Seekers – 1965
One Kind Favor – Koerner, Ray & Glover – 1963
Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw – Porter Wagoner – 1963
Four Strong Winds (Quatre Vents) – Hugues Aufray – 1964

A Bunch Of Basement Noise

Jane Fate says….

It wasn’t easy… but delays and discussions were soon forgotten as the Basement Tapes: Complete box set finally arrived. It looked and felt better than the hype could have made it, and even though I had listened to all this music for four days already via the official sound files, it made me unreasonably happy to physically have it in hand, with all its blurry black and white photos as well as those of the sunnier Woodstock days. After skimming through some choice tracks late on Friday night, I was bound to go all the way on Saturday, listening straight through six discs’ worth of songs with hardly a break. It was quite a trip – it lifted my spirits immensely. I mean, this is mid-1960s Bob we’re talking about. Anybody who knows me knows he doesn’t do a thing for me. Yet, by Sunday I had made a playlist of Basement Favourites and was listening to it continuously. Never mind that among the 16 songs, there were only three Dylan originals. An essential part of his performing brilliance is his deeply respectful and often audibly heartfelt approach to covering other people’s songs. That alone is sufficient reason for me to be extremely excited by the prospect of an album of standards that no-one else could make. Just like with the Basement Tapes, his name will be written in flames all over it, his own heart’s beat behind the music, his handwriting in the words. Listen closely.

Considering how the Basement Tapes set jumped into the pre-Christmas release slot ahead of BOTT, it’s compiled & packaged beautifully. Of course, Blood On The Tracks holds a place that few other albums could ever approach, and to temporarily abandon the idea of a BOTT themed Bootleg Series release seems regrettable no matter the replacement. Still, the Tapes were quick to reveal their pleasures. Only after I’d listened to everything all the way through once, and to my Basement Favourites several times did I even approach the book of notes that came with the box set. Outside influences on my initial reaction to these things needs to be carefully avoided. Don’t give me museum audio guides or roadmaps to the sound, do not explain the words. Let the art speak to me freely and I will respond before seeking outside responses. Under the best circumstances, these will be corresponding with the work too, rather than ascribing meaning and explaining the unexplainable at the core of artistic creation. Dylanological writing can be frustrating in that regard at the best of times. Heylin’s notes out of the way, I found Sid Griffin’s essay evocative in its own right, much closer to the intuitive reaction that these works require than scholarly methods could ever get. If there is anything to be criticised about this release, it’s that Sid didn’t get to write it all. It’s a refreshing perspective. Jack of course agrees. They’re buddies after all. Don’t look sideways.

What about the songs then?
… and without going frustratingly dylanological over them?
These are my Basement Favourites. They make me unreasonably happy – no mean feat given I’ve been falling apart for months, to the point where any music would physically sicken me and where any sound was a noisy intrusion on my inner battles. Surprisingly enough, I find some of this collection immensely soothing. It doesn’t even matter that most of them aren’t happy songs. If anything, it’s even better that way – even more touching.
These songs just speak to me – loving deeply and not letting go easily. Lovelornness. Bitter-sweet memories, painful flashbacks. Every little detail etched irrevocably into the soul – reality details and the details of dreams. Lines stand out the way Bob sings them, echoing feeling, but instead of deepening sadness, somehow purifying – easing my mind with simplicity, sort of mentally uncluttering… but I will say no more.
I’ve been replaying them in my mind ever since the Tapes were released.

Jane Fates’s playlist
1. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
2. You Win Again
3. Still In Town
4. Bells Of Rhymney
5. Spanish Is The Loving Tongue
6. The Auld Triangle
7. Four Strong Winds
8. The French Girl (x2)
9. Song For Canada
10. People Get Ready
11. Young But Daily Growing
12. Sign On The Cross
13. A Satisfied Mind
14. Santa Fe
15. 900 Miles From My Home
16. If I Were A Carpenter
17. I’m Not There (1956)


Liz’s Basement playlist
1. See You Later Allen Ginsberg
2. You Ain’t Going Nowhere Take 1
3. Folsom Prison Blues
4. Crash on the Levee
5. Bells of Rhymney
6. The French Girl
7. If I were a Carpenter
8. This Wheel’s on Fire
9. Open the Door Homer
10. Get Your Rocks Off
11. Clothesline Saga
12. Odds & Ends Take 1&2
13. Blowin’ in the Wind
14. It Ain’t Me Babe
15. Dress It Up Better Have It All
16. It’s the Flight of the Bumble Bee
17. On a Rainy Afternoon
18. I’m Not There
19. Santa Fe
20. Silhouettes

Liz says….
First Impressions
Really it was the quality. I know it’s hardly a studio quality but I did find A Tree With Roots pretty hard going. This isn’t! It’s like taking off a scratchy old jumper and putting on a cashmere sweater I very quickly relaxed into. And there’s so much… 6 CDs, so it’s quite a trip listening to.

Slower Burners
I was surprised when the next day I’ve found myself with I’m Your Teenage Prayer stuck in my head! It’s catchy! I like it….& it’s ironic!

That’s it. I need more listens but I’ve been Losing it on the River with the new guys! I also want to do all the cross referencing with the new edition of the Sid Griffin Million Dollar Bash book.
More here. This tells you everything you need to know.

Million Dollar Bash, revised & updated edition

Additionally, here’s the real Bob telling you about the Basement, songwriting and some nuthin’.


In These Modern Times
Assorted Basement favourites that surfaced again:

You Win Again
was played outside the Basement & in concert 3 times (1986, 2004 & 2005), as well as a version with Willie Nelson for a TV special, which they briefly rehearsed.

Folsom Prison Blues
was played quite a bit in the early ’90s, twice more in 1999 and once in 2005. Here’s a ’99 one:

Spanish Is The Loving Tongue
was played outside the Basement & in concert twice, at the 1974 Friends Of Chile benefit, and once again on the 1976 leg of the Rolling Thunder Revue.

The French Girl
only made it to the rehearsal stage outside the Basement, in 1987 with The Grateful Dead. It’s quite nice, too – not too far removed from the Billy Parker era.


People Get Ready
was played outside the Basement & in concert only once so far, in Buenos Aires in 1991.
It was also recorded for Renaldo & Clara in 1975, and for the soundtrack of Flashback in 1989.


Young But Daily Growing
A pre-Basement version here, recorded at young Bob’s first proper concert, at Carnegie Chapter Hall, Nov 4, 1961. I’ve always loved both of them – never could decide which one I like better.


Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood)
after a 1972 live debut, the standard opener of live shows in 1995-97, retired until 2000, kept over for 2001, and resurfaced once each in 2002 (Newport Folk Festival) and 2005. 1995 is one of my favourite pre-2002 NET years.

You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
was first brought out of the Basement in 1997 and has been played a lot since. It’s always fun… oohh-ee! Can’t find one of the more recent ones online, though.

This Wheel’s On Fire
was played outside the Basement & in concert many times since 1996, most recently in 2012. Here it is… try to spot Bob. He’s the one soloing on piano.

Blowin’ In The Wind
Of course, not a Basement song as such, but… ah, let’s have this for sentimental reasons. Happy, hatless & shaking hands with Derek.

It Ain’t Me, Babe
Ditto… but it’s Renaldo, so that’s a good reason to post it.

A Satisfied Mind
opened the Saved album in 1980, but wasn’t played in concert at the time. Bob brought it to the stage only once, in 1999, when “the best band in the land” regularly played gospel/bluegrass covers.

Days In The Life

Just a few brief notes from the lives of the boys:

Lucky got a mandolin. He’s been playing night and day, and he’s ready to help the real Bob put together the next volume of the Bootleg Series – BOTTapes!

Jack wrote a slim volume of poetry. He thinks he might win the Nobel Prize, but Billy thinks they never were the kind of singer that would win any of those…

Renaldo is going on his favourite tour (again).

Johnny’s still in the basement… more about that soon.

Johnny’s In The Basement

It’s been a while – things have been going a bit basemental at the Fate household – but I’m still here, and so is Johnny. He’s not been introduced yet, so here he is, straight out of the Basement where he’s been digging up the Tapes (and mixing up the medicine).

He travelled back to Woodstock to discuss his treasures with the real Bob. Bob said just to put ‘em all out – use the Basement as storage space for the future Bob’s paintings and metalwork. So we’re listening back to the Tapes, again and again… might have a review coming up of all that Basement noise.

Johnny is an artist, too. He loves to paint and draw, and he has his own art studio now.

Stay tuned…

Somebody got Lucky

Please welcome Lucky (he can’t help it) Blood On The Tracks Bob!



He’s a bit shy, but if you are real quiet, you can hear him play and sing beautiful songs.


Two weeks ago, when Jack & Renaldo & Billy & I were visiting Liz, I unexpectedly got to adopt Lucky and his brother, Johnny (in the Basement, recording the Tapes). (No, we don’t get paid for mentioning the Basement Tapes.) Anyway, that’s five beautiful Bobs living with me now! One stage can hardly hold them all now.

For now, Lucky’s quite happy strumming his guitar by himself. In time, he will be travelling though… in time, too. IMG_1934