Dylan Tribute Band: Honoring the Icon
When we think, as musicians or
music lovers in general, about cover bands, tribute bands or in this case, a Bob Dylan cover band, we would
probably have in mind something very different from most musical projects.
If you do an AC/DC cover band, you
know you have two main features to have at hand before investing your time and energy. You need a special hard rock-meeting-blues guitar player and one exceptional
vocalist. If you want to rehearse a Gun's and Roses tribute band,
you need similar variables; again one great guitar player and some singer with special qualities about his voice
with a flexible range. A mixed voiced some people say, blending
head and chest voice.
With Bob Dylan, the voice and the
guitar skills are not as important as the ability to convey thoughts and feelings to the crowd. You need charisma. May be the
hardest aspect of a great performer is the special and almost uncanny spell that as soon as he or she sits on
stage, keeps everybody engaged, almost as hypnotized. Of course,
with Dylan it is not just about the respect people experience in his presence. This respect is preceding Dylan because of his work.
Dylan songs are full of meaning and
send a clear message to those willing to open their mind to his material. Any group of people pretending to dedicate a great portion of their life
to give birth to a descent bob dylan cover band, must first find the right front man with the charisma mentioned
above. The rest of the band is also important. However, you need no shredding guitar players or jazz bass
players. You need people with a clear vision about rendering a
message. They will need to be very good at giving different
colors to the sound and support the frontman every second of the gig or recording.
Finally, the aspect and age of the
front man is important. You need a mature man with a solid
aspect. This will give more credibility to the
lyrics. Most young men are not as experienced as to project a
true meaning to what Dylan intended with its songs. All in all,
it sounds like a great project to get involved with.
Included as one of the most
important people of the century in Time 100, Bob Dylan is a celebrated modern artist that is ranked with the
likes of great names in history such as Picasso, Mozart and even Shakespeare. A musician of several genres, Dylan is known more for the lyrical magic that he
instills in his songs, such as Blowing in the Wind and Highway 61 Revisited. These songs earned him much accolade especially during the peak of the
counterculture movement in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Bob Dylan has stood the test of time when it comes to his music and his
art. And with that under his belt and more, a Dylan Tribute Band is
an honor that he more than deserves to have.
A Dylan Tribute Band would
definitely be faced with a lot of pressure to live up to the man behind the name. Besides being able to perform as well as Dylan, the band should also deserve
to bear the name of such a great musician. But with Dylan’s songs
backing them up, the challenge would have to be in finding a way to add to a near perfect package when it comes
to musicality. Although, it’s never enough that a band just knows
how to play and perform Dylan’s songs. It has to incorporate as
well, the heart and the dedication that Dylan and his music has come to mean and stand for in modern
Dylan himself could be forgiving
when it comes to having such a band in his honor. But, the utmost
test for such a band to survive is the discriminating taste of Dylan’s faithful followers. Nevertheless, a Dylan Tribute Band would definitely be something that his
loyal and countless fans would be glad to see and experience.