Sunday, May 3, 2009
Mary Lee's Corvette - Blood on the Tracks
In the summer of 2001, the New York City club Arlene's Grocery was looking for someone to attempt to cover Bob Dylan's legendary 1975 record Blood on the Tracks as part of their Classic Album Nights. Mary Lee's Corvette stepped up to this daunting challenge and succeeded where few could, faithfully and brilliantly covering the album from start to finish, with a little bit of fun fan participation thrown in during "Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts."
Adding some new perspective to these songs with her powerful and soulful voice, singer Mary Lee Kortes was joined on this night by band members Andy York (guitar), Rod Hohl (acoustic guitar), Diego Voglino (drums), Brad Albetta (bass), and Andy Burton (piano/organ). A soundboard tape was first passed around and grew more and more popular until the bold decision was made to release it on cd. It was met with tons of critical acclaim, most importantly from the one person's opinion who would matter most in this instance, Bob Dylan, who liked it enough to feature a track on his website.
Here are two of the high points from Blood on the Tracks by Mary Lee's Corvette.
Mary Lee's Corvette - "You're a Big Girl Now"
Mary Lee's Corvette - "Idiot Wind"
Thanks goes out to my friend Will for first turning me onto this album on a long car ride home a few years ago. Look for a post on ten of my favorite covers of Bob Dylan's songs some time soon.
Buy Blood on the Tracks by Mary Lee's Corvette