Thread: Bob Dylan & Dickey Betts "Ramblin' Man"

porkchopbob - 11/10/2017 at 07:22 PM

I am sure a lot of us have heard the story of Dickey sitting in with Dylan, and Dylan already knowing "Ramblin' Man" saying he wish he'd written it. Still, I had never heard the audio from the show - pretty cool to hear Dylan take a verse.

[Edited on 11/10/2017 by porkchopbob]

axeman - 11/11/2017 at 07:04 PM

Have always been curious to hear this! Definitely fun to hear Dylan take a verse.

Almost positive this occurred after Dickey had left the ABB and not in 1995 though.

[Edited on 11/11/2017 by axeman]

blackey - 11/11/2017 at 10:40 PM

Axman. According to a couple written reports it was a Bob Dylan show in Tampa November 30th 1995. Dylan invited Dickey to the show then invited him to join in on stage. Dylan said "Let's do Rambling Man" and Dickey said " okay Bob I'll write out the words for you" with Dylan replying " I already know the words and I'll sing the second verse". Dickey said he figured Bob would just make up something and Dickey was surprised when Dylan sang the words correctly and better that Dickey himself could. He told Dylan that too. I assume Dickey meant it.

But when Dickey got the fax in 2000 he told the press he was the only one who didn't play outside the band after they toured in 1989. So maybe that 1995 date is wrong.

Jack_Frost - 11/12/2017 at 12:10 AM

The date is indeed 9/30/95....checking on boblinks it seems Dickey sat in for 4 or 5 songs at this Dylan show. I used to have a 2 cassette copy of this Dylan show; I just moved but will keep an eye out for it. Would be a good candidate for digital conversion

pops42 - 11/12/2017 at 03:00 AM

Bob knows a good song when he hears one.

axeman - 11/12/2017 at 11:27 AM

Thanks for the research and info!

I can't believe so much time has gone by that I thought this was a decade later. 95 makes sense in that this about the time Dylan's various artist Jimmy Rogers tribute album came out which Dickey plays on. Makes sense that Bob would look him up at about this time.

plqmule - 11/12/2017 at 03:35 PM

Yup, Boblinks doesn't lie.

Bob Dylan
University of South Florida - Sundome
Tampa, Fl.
September 30, 1995

1.Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood)
2.If You See Her, Say Hello
3.All Along The Watchtower
4.I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
5.Man In The Long Black Coat
7.Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic)
8.Masters Of War (acoustic)
9.Love Minus Zero/No Limit (acoustic)
10.Seeing The Real You At Last (with Dickey Betts on guitar)
11.She Belongs To Me (with Dickey Betts on guitar)
12.Obviously Five Believers (with Dickey Betts on guitar)
13.Ramblin' Man (with Dickey Betts on guitar and vocals)
14.Highway 61 Revisited (with Dickey Betts on guitar)
15.It Ain't Me, Babe (acoustic)
1.Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (with Dickey Betts on guitar)

Jack_Frost - 11/14/2017 at 01:33 AM

Found my cassettes of this show

Need to figure out how to best convert it to digital

crazyjoe - 11/14/2017 at 02:51 AM

Pretty sure Derek has also sat in with Dylan and his Band, anyone have knowledge of or easy access to this info?............Peace........joe

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