I was so saddened to learn of the passing of the great Bob Neuwirth yesterday. I wrote a long piece about him for Phawker a couple years back but it is no longer available. But the point of it was that Neuwirth was a lot more than just Dylan’s sidekick in the mid-60s (if you’ve ever seen Don’t Look Back, you’ve seen Neuwirth!). Neuwirth was an accomplished painter and also a fine songwriter who did some of his best work in the late 80s and into the 90s after a long long hiatus. T-Bone Burnett once called Neuwirth “the best pure songwriter of any of us.” High praise! Here’s T singing Neuwirth’s Annabelle Lee:
I urge you to track down Neuwirth’s Havana Midnight lp if you can find it. It puts that stuff Ry Cooder did over there to shame.
Speaking of Bob!!!
This Tuesday, May 24th, Kenn Kweder and I bring our Bob Dylan B’day Bash back to the Ardmore Music Hall after a two year hiatus. 7-11PM. Free! There will be forty performers playing forty different Dylan songs. No 2 Alike! Every member of John Train is slated to perform at least once! This show is a gas. Come on out if you can! I will kick things off at 7PM with a number from Shot of Love. Mark Tucker’s 12 X 4 (which must be seen to be believed) will close the show out a few hours later with a take on My Back Pages.
Also Save the Date: John Train will celebrate the release of our new record, Cowboy Dreams, at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights on Saturday, July 16th. We will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our second record, Looks Like Up, which many consider our best. Both the new album and Looks Like Up will be performed in their entirety and we will also throw in some of our rave-ups for good measure. Standby for more info about the show and ticket sales.
Hope to see you soon, Jon