In 1962, 22-year-old American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan generated quite a stir in the American folk music industry with the release of his eponymous debut album. The album might not have sold as well as the twist and bubblegum pop compilations that were ruling the charts, but something about Dylan’s nasal twang and his lyrics stayed on with the listeners. And it hasn’t faded yet.
This year marks the 50th year of the singer’s first release. A gig in the city will pay tribute to the grand ol’ man of country music, whose songs are distinguished by the powerful social and political message they carry. “Dylan’s songs are absolutely beautiful. If you listen to them, they go beneath the surface and reveal so much meaning. And since, it’s been 50 years since he released his first album, we decided to play this tribute gig,” says guitarist Mukul Deora, who will be performing tonight at Blue Frog.
Titled Forever Young, tonight’s gig will feature various city-based artistes coming together on a common stage to sing some of Dylan’s memorable tunes as well as those of other artistes who’ve been inspired by him, such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Woody Guthrie and Robert Johnson. “Besides performing Dylan classics such as ‘Blowing in the wind’ and ‘Mr Tambourine man’, we will be performing lesser known songs such as ‘Shooting star’ and ‘It’s all over now baby blue’. Uday Benegal from Indus Creed, Pradeep Mathews from The Mavyns and others will be joining in,” he says. Besides Deora, the core band will also feature Kenneth Rebello on bass and Kristofor Paul Mendonca on drums.
Talking about 71-year-old Dylan’s mammoth oeuvre, Deora says, “Dylan is a prolific artiste. He is like Picasso. Just like how the painter used to paint all the time, Dylan too is always recording, touring and performing!”