071 – “One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)”

Episode 71“One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later).”Blonde on Blonde.Blockhouse. Recorded October 14, 2018.  Context (4:15) Recorded in Studio A in New York City on January 25, 1966 in 19 takes. It’s the only Blonde on Blonde song not recorded in Nashville and led to some confusion as to who’s playing on the song. Sean Wilentz wades […]

067 – “Boots of Spanish Leather”

Episode 67“Boots of Spanish Leather.”The Times They Are A-Changin’.Blockhouse. Recorded September 23, 2018. Context (3:30) This song was written in Europe during the winter of 1962-63. In Scaduto’s biography, Dylan said: “Suze had gone back to the States, and that’s when I worked up the melodies of ‘Boots of Spanish Leather’ and ‘Girl from the North […]


Episode 66Empire Burlesque.Blockhouse.Recorded September 9, 2018. Context (4:00) Empire Burlesque was Bob Dylan’s 23rd official album. It was released on June 10, 1985, peaking at #33 on the Billboard charts in the US and #11 in the UK. The album was produced by Bob Dylan, but not Jack Frost. Dylan reportedly wanted to “make a record […]

040 – “Ballad of Hollis Brown”

Episode 40. “Ballad of Hollis Brown.” The Times They Are A-Changin’. Live at Town Hall 1963. Bunker. Recorded November 30, 2017. Context The lyrics for “Ballad of Hollis Brown” were first published in Broadside #21. It was first recorded on November 14, 1962 during the Freewheelin’ sessions as “The Rise and Fall of Hollis Brown.” (It was recorded […]