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Sweet Amarillo by Old Crow Medicine Show

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:55 pm
by BourgeoisFan
I heard on the radio that Old Crow had taken an old, obscure tune by Bob Dylan and made it their own: Wagon Wheel (it has the line "rock me, Momma, like a wagon wheel/ rock me, Momma, any way you feel") and made it their own and it became a hit. Dylan, I think, then gave them the song because they had done so well with it (and I don't think he needed it). And he gave them a bit of a phrase he had never used: "tears on my pillow." They wrote Sweet Amarillo, sent it to him, and he suggested they bring the chorus in at 16 bars and not 32 and the lead use the fiddle instead of the harmonica, which they did, and it made the song work better (plus it would be hard to argue against Bob Dylan). YouTube:
http://youtu.be/nBWCMv2xfOE

Re: Sweet Amarillo by Old Crow Medicine Show

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:57 pm
by ffinke
For some reason the link doesn't work but here's another that might: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2yB6OycchA

Re: Sweet Amarillo by Old Crow Medicine Show

Posted: Mon May 04, 2015 10:50 am
by Ryan at Bourgeois
I'm a huge fan of this song, as I think it sounds as close to "Rolling Thunder" era Dylan writing as we are going to get from a "new" Dylan tune. American Songwriter has a fascinating article about the creation of this tune, with examples of it's progression over the years. http://www.americansongwriter.com/2014/ ... -amarillo/

Re: Sweet Amarillo by Old Crow Medicine Show

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 8:10 pm
by Bourgeois Nut
Thanks for updated links, and thanks for the article. I had heard much of the story of the song before I heard the song, so it has been a fun song to know. And easy to play.

Re: Sweet Amarillo by Old Crow Medicine Show

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:25 pm
by RGK
I am a fan of this song also.