Dylan Rips It Up at the Ryman

Bob Dylan blew into Nashville last week for a two-night stand at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium. The 1,200 seater was the perfect venue for the man who had been seen as musical pariah when Johnny Cash brought him to town in 1969, but now is seen as the aged veteran who still has some tricks up his sleeve.

Joining Dylan on both nights was the suddenly not-so-busy Jack White whose tour was canceled last week due to band mate Meg's illness. He joined Dylan on Meet Me in the Morning on night one, playing guitar, while he took vocal and guitar duties on night two with One More Cup of Coffee and Outlaw Blues. It was the first live performances ever of Morning from Blood on the Tracks and Outlaw Blues from Bringing It All Back Home.

Reviews of the shows noted that Dylan watched White perform, grinning while playing the organ, and that the short appearance almost seemed to energize the balance of the show.

Not only was Dylan in town to play the two shows, but word was that he was using studio time to start laying down tracks for the follow-up to Modern Times.

The set lists from the two Ryman shows:

September 19
  • Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
  • Don’t Think twice, It’s All Right
  • Watching The River Flow
  • You’re a Big Girl Now
  • The Levee’s Gonna Break
  • Spirit On The Water
  • Desolation Row
  • Working Man’s Blues #2
  • Things Have Changed
  • Most Likely You Go You’re Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
  • Meet Me In The Morning (Jack White on electric guitar)
  • Highway 61 Revisited
  • Nettie Moore
  • Summer Days
  • Masters Of War
  • Thunder On The Mountain
  • Blowin’ In The Wind

September 20
  • Cat’s In The Well
  • Lay Lady Lay
  • I’ll Be Your baby Tonight
  • Working Man’s Blues #2
  • High Water (For Charlie Patton)
  • Spirit On The Water
  • Tangled Up In Blue
  • One More Cup Of Coffee (Jack White on guitar and vocals)
  • Outlaw Blues (Jack White on guitar and vocals)
  • ‘Til I Fell In Love With You
  • When The Deal Goes Down
  • Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
  • Ain’t Talkin’
  • Summer Days
  • Ballad Of A Thin Man
  • Thunder on the Mountain
  • I Shall Be Released

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