September 26, 2007

Jack White wants to meet you and Bob in the morning, in Nashville

Jack White made a big splash last week at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville when he joined Bob Dylan onstage as an unannounced guest and picked a song to perform that had never been done live before.

“Meet Me In The Morning” (off Blood On The Tracks) tranforms from a winsome travelling folk tune into a scalding romp of electric blues with Jack on lead vocals. A friend speculated that Dylan must have known how big of a fan Jack is, and let him pick the tune (which is a fanciful ideation, of course, and just that – pure speculation. But a good story). In any case, good choice on Jack for knowing the lack of live history here, and how sweeeeet it would sound. How is it possible that this song has never been paraded out in over 32 years?

The following night, Jack was back for 2 more tunes, “One More Cup of Coffee” from 1976′s Desire (which the White Stripes also covered in ’99 on their debut album) and “Outlaw Blues” from Bringing It All Back Home in 1965. As far as I can see, that recording has not surfaced yet.

Meet Me In The Morning (live) – Bob Dylan & Jack White
Ryman Auditorium 9/19/07

Meet Me In The Morning (original) – Bob Dylan

Poor Meg’s also been in the news a lot lately and I’ll abstain from any speculative comments about that (but . . . it totally isn’t her).

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  • Thank you for posting this…awesome. Just awesome.

    Ace Cowboy — September 26, 2007 @ 9:22 am

  • Jack rocks the house….just wish Bob had chimed in a bit with the vocals…I know he was there, but it would be cool to hear him on the recording along with Jack, even if he does sound terrible these days. But hey it’s Bob. Who cares?

    dwymer7003 — September 26, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

  • I always smile when I hear Jack’s live cover of Isis, thinking how totally befuddled the crowd must be.

    Anyway, thanks for posting, Heather.

    Brian — September 26, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

  • yes, great post. incredible version of the song. i like jack black again. – matt (

    Anonymous — September 26, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

  • I love Jack White and I love Bob Dylan. Siiiigh. Perfection. And I believe Elvis Costello also opened this show. Amazingness.

    And yes, Heather, I can further confirm that it, uh, is NOT Meg. Close, but no cigar. So to speak.

    Matthew — September 26, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

  • Fantastic! White is the best thing going right now rock ‘n roll wise! Anywhere for that matter…

    Doctor Mooney — September 26, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

  • awesome post, Heather! thanks!

    aikin — September 26, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

  • The only thing that’d be cooler than seeing Jack White & Bobby Zimmerman on the stage together would be seeing Bush Part Deux & Cheney the Impaler being dropped off in the middle of Bagdad.

    Dr. Snagglepuss — September 26, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

  • Just great. Bob4Ever. One more cup of coffee= The Pentateuch meets Sergio Leone.

    Bob continues to evolve, forward and backward in time. G-d bless Bob, roots, rock & the blues.

    Thank you !

    Brooklyn Beat — September 28, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

  • Thank you for posting this recording of one of this decade’s most exciting moments in live rock. I’ll take a dissenting stance, though. I’d rather Bob had sung than Jack White, whom I feel as a singer, is a thin derivative of the great Robert Plant. What is he doing in Nashville, anyway? Sorry Stripes fans, just a geezer opinion in these Modern Times.

    Anonymous — September 28, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

  • “What is he doing in Nashville, anyway? “
    Jack White lives in Nashville.

    David — September 29, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

  • AMAZING!! I love it!

    JoAnna — October 10, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

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