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Thursday, July 9, 2009

7/11: Bob Dylan at Classic Park

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Armed with a batch of new tunes (most co-written with Grateful Dead scribe Robert Hunter) and aided by the accordion work of Los Lobos front man David Hidalgo, Bob Dylan and his touring “cowboy band” have fashioned another gem with Together Through Life, a smoldering mix of Tex-Mex border music and 1950s Chicago blues. “Well, my ship is in the harbor/And the sails are spread,” Dylan growls on album opener, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’.” It sets the tone for a record filled with the resignation that’s marked Dylan’s work over the past decade. But Dylan’s humor remains as well, sparked by Hidalgo’s bright border swing and capped on more than one occasion by the grizzled bard’s mischievous cackle. Dylan’s singing shines on the heartsick “Life Is Hard” and the languid and wistful “This Dream of You.” The latter finds the singer propped in the corner of a “nowhere café,” his dust-ravaged voice swept to the sky on beer-soaked accordion winds. It’s a darkness that has always drawn the veteran songwriter. Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp and Two Man Gentleman Band round out this line-up coming to Classic Park (35300 Vine St., Eastlake, 440.975.8085) at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $67.75. — Matt Marshall

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