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Bluegrass Covers of Bob Dylan Songs in the 1960s

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Gary R. Boye Ph.D., M.S.L.S.,, Professor & Music Librarian (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Few songwriters have had more of their songs covered by other artists than Bob Dylan. Although most commonly associated with the folk and folk/rock traditions today, his early listening included wide exposure to country music, including bluegrass, and it is not entirely surprising that some of his early works were covered in a bluegrass style by such artists as the Dillards, Country Gentlemen, and Flatt and Scruggs in the 1960s. Some of these early covers appear to have circulated in back channels of the recording industry and been pushed towards the performers regardless of the suitability for the style or the group in question. Some are quite successful; others border on musical parody. They changed not only the original work of Dylan but, in many ways, the future directions of the bluegrass style.

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