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Friday, February 23, 2024

Jason Isbell & Dave Matthews Cover Neil Young's "Cortez" in Mexico

Dave Matthews with Jason Isbell 
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Here is a cover of Neil Young’s "Cortez the Killer" by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds with Jason Isbell joining in Cancun, Mexico on Feb 15, 2024.
Or, as described succinctly by
"A trio of musicians born in Alabama, South Africa and Germany wowed fans in Mexico by playing a song about a 16th century Spanish conqueror written by a 20th century Canadian hippie." 


And here's another cover the next night here if you're so inclined.

Also, see VIDEO: Dinosaur Jr., Warren Haynes, Kurt Vile Cover Neil Young’s Cortez the Killer

More on Jason Isbell: My Musical Life in Five Riffs (#2 - Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer”).

More on Neil Young’s "Cortez the Killer"

 J Mascis & Jason Isbell
Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York - 12-6-23
(see VIDEO: Dinosaur Jr. & Jason Isbell Cover Neil Young’s "Cortez the Killer" - Brooklyn, NY, 12/6/23 )

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At 2/23/2024 05:42:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

I’ve seen better, but then most of us have. DMB with Warren Haynes (Gorge 2011) was superb, and Tim Reynolds used his electric instead of acoustic. That was an epic 19 minute affair.

I am hoping Neil plays this one on tour! I am now thinking of other Zuma songs. Danger Bird!

Thanks for sharing! Your Brother Alan in Seattle

At 2/23/2024 11:47:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

Bill Graham. Allot can be said. He saw a gap in promoting things then improved it. It only made sense. But he was there. A bene for Mimes stated it all. He hated the name Grateful Dead. But had to accept it of course. I walked up to him GD Cal Expo shook his hand. I said he was great . Sort of lame. He said thank you. I got back in line. Most were afraid of him. His physically throw you out by your belt loops was legend. Not long after he left a Huey Lewis Show Concord I think. East Bay. Storm tossed that poor chopper into a tall electrical tower. Shoreline was built w GD in mind. Outside . Now more tech surrounds it.

At 2/24/2024 01:01:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Bill Graham was great, did us music fans a big favor with his events. He made it all happen in San Francisco and beyond.

I saw him more than once being a total asshole to people who didn’t deserve it. But the music world lost a great one when he died.

@ wsanjose01 : Did you solve your ticket issue?

Your Brother Alan in Seattle

At 2/24/2024 04:49:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

I have a dispute opened w Chase against Ticket Center. I'm trying to prove as scalpers it's impossible for them to provide me a legitimate ticket. But ever see a angry dog w a bone ? That's them trying to keep my $185.50. Chase has refunded that money to me but they can take it back again if I lose the case. I have bought 2 lawns from TM just to be sure I get in. Phoenix.

At 2/27/2024 02:51:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

I see the value of covers as potentially introducing people to, or reminding them of, NY’s work. In other words, it broadcasts the songs to a different audience, some of whom may be intrigued to check out the originating artist. As an inverse example, Neil’s covers album (Letter Home) introduced me to Phil Ochs and encouraged me to look twice at Gordon Lightfoot.

It’s beautiful that a song can be artistically rendered in many ways. Ideally, it should be done because the song resonates with the musician and they feel they can add a new perspective and to it. When musicians keep wanting to play a song, that’s a sign of staying power. A song without that vitality can easily become ossified—a museum piece. Whether a cover is successful depends partly on taste, plus how attached one is to the original recording. Sometimes a cover becomes the “quintessential” version. The Beatles’ Twist & Shout comes to mind—with no disrespect whatsoever to the Isley Bros!


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