THE influence and interest of Bob Dylan remains as strong as ever, highlighted this week by Tom Petty’s claims that his band’s support slot for the Minnesota singer/songwriter in the mid-1980s taught him the value of spontaneity.
And the music of Dylan is the theme of the String Jam Club’s gig this weekend, when the Galashiels-based group invite musicians to perform their favourite song by the 71-year-old.
An inspiration for generations of musicians throughout the world, his career has spanned 50 years, resulting in 34 studio albums, 13 live albums, 58 singles and millions of dedicated fans.
Blowin’ in the Wind alone has been covered by hundreds of artists, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and ranked one of the 500 greatest songs of all time in 2004 by Rolling Stone magazine.
Earlier this year, Chime of Freedom was released, which featured 80 Dylan tracks covered by artists in aid of Amnesty International.
Allie Fox of the String Jam Club said: “From his early days as a folk and protest icon, through his electric ‘Judas’ period, up to the present day, Bob Dylan has remained a constant in our lives, a role model for all who would aspire to write great songs.
“We are throwing the stage open to all musicians who would like to perform their favourite Dylan numbers in a non-stop showcase of some of the best songs you will ever hear. Get in touch if you’d like to play, it’s going to be a cracker.”
Doors open at the Salmon Inn at 7.15pm and tickets are priced at £7 from the venue or on the night.