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Bob Dylan Way downtown Duluth, MN

Bob Dylan Way downtown Duluth, MN

It’s a special relationship that exists in the old port town of Duluth in the core of it’s music and the hearts of it’s musicians.  Bob Dylan’s music and his stories through the voices, eyes and their interpretations.

“Tucked into a hillside on the tip of Lake Superior, this rugged and industrial port city harbors a restless, eclectic and creative music scene.”  “It’s a vibe that’s as palpable as it is difficult to define.” ~ Brad Nelson, Ripsaw News

Since the release of the first compilation, Duluth Does Dylan, in 2001, the city of Duluth has further embraced Bob Dylan.  The city has installed named a downtown street after him “Bob Dylan Way” and installed commemorative manhole covers and a group of area business owners and Dylan advocates formed a nonprofit organization and produces a Duluth Dylan Days week long festival including film, music and a unique “Blood On The Tracks Express” ~ a musical train ride up the scenic North  Shore of Minnesota to Hibbing, MN and back featuring local music throughout the ride.

BRINGING IT ALL BACK

TO DULUTH DOES DYLAN

The Compilation Idea

Every five years since 2001, musicians in and around the burgeoning cultural scene of Duluth, Minnesota, have released a compilation album of cover songs by their city’s most famous son: Bob Dylan, who was born Robert Zimmerman in Duluth’s St. Luke’s Hospital in 1941, and lived in the town for his first six years before moving an hour north to Hibbing, Minnesota.

 

The Project

We’ve enrolled the musicians ~ 15 bands and over 50 talented combined artists and musicians from around Duluth, Minnesota ~ and have begun recording what will become the 4th CD in the series.  Recording is happening now at Sacred Heart Recording Studio and will be released in May of 2016 to commemorate the 75th birthday of Bob Dylan ~ including plans for special CD release shows.

 

CD Release Show


Join us and the City of Duluth on Tuesday May 24th at The Rex Bar in Duluth, MN as hordes of Duluth area musicians gather to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday and the release of Bringing It All Back To Duluth Does Dylan!  Stocked full of great music the show will feature Duluth musicians performing the songs of the city’s most beloved son, Bob Dylan.

 

Why Dylan?

Like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fictional Jay Gatsby, Dylan has a famously conflicted relationship with “the north country” ~ changing his name and creating alternate biographies to mask his origins, and rarely discussing his personal history. Yet Dylan has referenced the area ~ often elliptically, of course, and subject to interpretation ~ in songs including Highway 61 Revisited (the Highway abuts Duluth), Desolation Row, Walls of Red Wing, Girl from the North Country, North Country Blues, and most directly Something There Is About You, among other songs. Residents of the area also enjoy recognizing features of his famously unique accent as characteristically Minnesotan.
This fractured relationship, however, only creates a more interesting dynamic between Duluth musicians and Dylan. Like previous “Duluth Does Dylan” albums, this album is not offered as a simple homage or touristy trinket. Instead, “Bringing It All Back Home to Duluth Does Dylan” presents a complex response by musicians who cannot help but have something to say about the work of their city’s most famous son, and occasionally to rework one of his songs.

DDD

 

Meet the team

 

Meet the

The Bands

Testimonials

  • “The bands of Duluth, MN, have a slightly more legitimate claim than most to cover the songs of Bob Dylan – the legend was born in the sleepy Northern town. Of course, in a city as small as Duluth (population 85,000) just about every band around will be needed to fill up a compilation like this, and apparently that’s just what comprises Duluth Does Dylan.”

    JOSH MODELL • AllMusic
  • “The artist who would be Bob Dylan was born here, raised up the road in Hibbing, and haunted Duluth’s collegiate scene before hitting the road to New York, a new persona and a career. Four decades later, fifteen Duluth bands have given the native son a tribute.”

    NO DEPRESSION
  • “Duluth rumor holds that Bob Dylan himself bought out all the old T-shirts of the first Duluth Does Dylan compilation, still available on Spinout. The north country label’s second compilation of locals covering Dylan is just as great.”

    PETER SCHOLTES • CITY PAGES

 

CD Release Show Moved to The Rex bar

Please be advised that due to certain circumstances the location of the CD Release Show on Tuesday May 24th, 2016 has been moved to The Rex bar located in the lower level of the Fitger’s complex at 600 East Superior Street. Our apologies for the confusion. Advance tickets are available for $15 online at www.eventbrite.com […]

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CD Release Show Announced

Come on out to a celebration of Bob Dylan’s 75h birthday and the CD release show of Bringing It All Back To Duluth Does Dylan featuring Duluth bands/artists performing time songs of Bob Dylan! Hosted by Master Of Ceremonies, Magic Marc Percansky along with special Guest Of Honor, John Bushey, KUMD 103.3 radio show host of […]

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The Weary Tunesmiths

It was an epic day and an epic recording by our pals in the newly formed supergroup, The Weary Tunesmiths, as they lay down their rendition of Bob Dylan’s song, “Lay Down Your Weary Tune”.   Led by North Country singer and songwriter Rich Mattson on guitar and joined by Marc Gartman (Two Many Banjos), […]

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Duluth Did Dylan Again

April 12, 2006 City Pages Peter Scholtes Duluth rumor holds that Bob Dylan himself bought out all the old T-shirts of the first Duluth Does Dylan compilation, still available on Spinout. The north country label’s second compilation of locals covering Dylan is just as great. So with Toasty sick at home, I ventured out on […]

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We’ve enrolled the musicians ~ 15 bands and over 50 talented combined artists and musicians from around Duluth, Minnesota and have begun recording what will become the 4th CD in the series.  Recording is happening now at Sacred Heart Recording Studio and will be released in May of 2016 to commemorate the 75th birthday of Bob Dylan!

Please consider backing this project at www.indiegogo.com

INCLUDING SONGS FROM:
Dave Simonett, Rich Mattson & The Northstars, Mary Bue, Superior Siren, Feeding Leroy, Tin Can Gin, Murder Of Crows, Wood Blind, The Boomchucks, Devils Flying Machine, Social Disaster, The Dedric Clark & The Social Experiment, Actual Wolf, Timothy Martin & The New Norm

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Hey Dylan-heads please feel free to get in touch with us at:

duluthdoesdylan@gmail.com
www.duluthdoesdylan.com
Duluth, Minnesota U.S.A.