Over 50 years, 47 albums and more than 500 songs ago Bob Dylan released his debut album. Since then endless artists, writers and musicians have been inspired by this musical legend.
Signed by Columbia Records in 1962 by legendary producer/A&R man John Hammond (Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen), Bob Dylan seemed so ‘left of field’ that he was initially derided as “Hammond’s folly”.
Now, to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a recording artist, five of Australia’s distinctive 21st Century performers will join forces to honour this remarkable legacy with their own unique voices:
Kav Temperley led Eskimo Joe to an historic blitz of the ARIA Awards and a spectacular double win at the APRAs, the bookends of phenomenal national impact as a rock writer/ performer leading a band which notched up over three quarter of a million sales and three number one albums. Josh Pyke is a modern-day storyteller whose unique and evocative music has garnered two ARIA Awards, three Top 5 albums, and eight songs in Triple J’s Hottest 100. ARIA award winning Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell racked up hundreds of thousands of sales and ten years touring the world, before his acoustic alter ego Bob Evans went ballistic with nominations for ARIA’s Best Male Artist and the prestigious Australian Music Prize and a number of Gold albums. Holly Throsby has gained huge respect as an independent singer-songwriter of rare skill and insight over five albums of her own as well as comprising one third of gold-selling supergroup Seeker Lover Keeper. Patience Hodgson has been the vocal powerhouse of indie rock duo the Grates since 2002, clocking up three top 10 albums, a slew of bright, brash alternative radio hits and a reputation as one of the most ecstatic new performers on the Australian stage.
With a stellar rock ensemble under the musical direction of guitarist ASH NAYLOR the inaugural BOB DYLAN NIGHT will showcase some of the greatest works from the maestro’s sprawling songbook for an evening of inspiration and creation with the highest musical integrity.
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