Music that strikes a chord — “John Brown” Bob Dylan song cover by State Radio

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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/9b/Sr_live.png/800px-Sr_live.pngState Radio, performing live at Terminal 5 in NYC on 11/23/07

 

I’m in the process right now of listening to a 4-cd set of Bob Dylan covers by other musicians, called, “Chimes of Freedom:  The Songs of Bob Dylan.”  I am very much enjoying this set and must thank the library system for having it to borrow.  Am not listening in any particular order. Why not straight through you ask?  I don’t know.  It’s just where I ended up, on disk 4.  I was multi-tasking and all of a sudden had to stop when this song started.  What the heck is this song and who the heck is singing it.  I listened through and grabbed the kleenex as it got to my heart in a hurry.  You see, I have 2 sons that are of drafting age — but I would never be this mother. 

I never heard of this band before but after hearing this I will make sure I do. State Radio is a Boston-based rock trio comprising singer and primary songwriter Chad Stokes Urmston (also a member of Dispatch), bassist Chuck Fay, and, formerly, drummer Michael Najarian. The band’s songs focus on social and political issues and have been musically described as a combination of reggae, punk and rock.  See wikipedia for more information on the band, as the link above takes you to Chadwick Stokes website who is with another band now.

 

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    They do a good job on it. It’s hard to turn some of those acoustical songs into something else…I forgot about this one…it’s been a while…the only version I ever heard was a live version.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I loved the passion and doom they put into it with the music, like a dark march.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        That’s pretty much what that song is…a dark march. It makes you think.

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  2. trentpmcd says:

    I got this CD set when it first came out – some great music, including this song.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The 4 CD set? Heck yes it is!

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  3. memadtwo says:

    That song gets me every time. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It reminds me of when my brothers went into the service. Thankfully none of them came back maimed, at least not physically.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        My next door neighbor in the building where I lived the longest was sent to the middle east twice. Five or 6 members of his group committed suicide after coming back. He seems ok but has been unable to settle down. He’s working for the UN in Thailand now. He used to babysit for my kids and I’m still friends with his mother which is how I know what he’s been doing.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Kerfe, that is truly heartbreaking to hear. I’m glad you stay informed about him. He needs people to know and care about him.

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          1. memadtwo says:

            My father would never talk about WWII. War is hell.

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