When a band packs the house repeatedly, you tend to want them to return to your stage. So it is with Voices Café. On December 9, Voices Café will present for the third time, singer-songwriter Suzanne Sheridan and The Suzanne Sheridan Band, this time paying tribute to American rock poet Bob Dylan on his selection for the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The concert will take place Saturday December 9 at 8 p.m.
Previous Voices Café concerts by Sheridan have included tributes to Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, and Carly Simon. She was joined by Rob Silvan and The Talmadge Hill Choir for her sold-out concert, “Let the River Run.”
The Nobel Prize honored Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." He is the first musician ever to win the award and the first American to win in the literature category since Toni Morrison won in 1993. The New York Times called it “perhaps the most radical choice in history stretching back to 1901" when the first Nobels were awarded.
Over a career that has spanned more than five decades, Dylan has written songs in many genres, from folk, blues and country to rock, English folk, jazz and the Great American Songbook. In the 60’s, Songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems of the civil rights and anti-war movements. Later, he composed beautiful love songs, such as “Make You Feel My Love,” first commercially released by Billy Joel in 1997 under the title "To Make You Feel My Love" before Dylan's version appeared later that same year. It has since been covered by numerous performers and has proved to be a commercial success for recording artists such as Adele, Garth Brooks, Bryan Ferry and Kelly Clarkson. Two covers of the song (one by Garth Brooks and one by Trisha Yearwood) were featured on the soundtrack of the 1998 film Hope Floats. Dylan eventually released the song as a single.
“A lot of his songs are amazing,” Sheridan says, but she especially likes “Make You Feel My Love” for the “sensitivity” displayed by it. Another of her favorites is “It Ain’t Me Babe,” which shows the cynical side of Dylan’s personality. His output has always been characterized by what Sheridan calls “telling the truth to power” and also by a “poetic spirituality.” Dylan’s list of accolades is a long one. In addition to the Nobel, he has received 11 Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a special Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. He is also a member of several music halls of fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Sheridan will be covering the Dylan songs that most people know and will want to sing along with including “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rollin’ Stone,” “The Times They Are a-Changing,” “I Shall Be Released,” “Forever Young,” “Just Like a Woman” and “Hey Mr. Tambourine Man.”
Sheridan will be joined by musicians Bob Cooper on keyboard and Hammond organ; Colin Healy on harmonica, mandolin and fiddle and backup vocals; drummer Jake Habegger; and Paul Horton on lead guitar, a well-known Nashville studio musician who has backed many of the greatest musicians of our time.
The "Bob Dylan Tribute Concert” will be on Saturday December 9 at 8 pm at Voices Café, Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase online at Voices Café or by calling David Vita at 203-227-7205 x 14.