Eva.

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Eva Johansen helped both myself and the website navigate through some of our lowest points. When I seriously considered just giving up, she was there to talk me through stuff.  She was ever-present with a kind, compassionate word, and was, honestly, the most wonderful Dylan fan I’ve ever encountered.  Listeners have no idea how much she worked behind the scenes to keep this site running day-to-day.  If I’m the hands, and Bob is the soul, Eva was most certainly the heart of DylanRadio.

I’m a little too broken right now to write more than that, but I just wanted folks to know how important this wonderful lady was to this site. Her passing today is a terrible loss for our whole community.

EastTop Blues Harps

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I don’t normally do product endorsements, but this recent find is worth sharing. I play Lee Oskar and Special 20 harmonicas pretty exclusively, but at $60 a pop, I have to be a bit careful with them, so I’ve been on a lengthy, heartbreaking quest for a cheap alternative that I can beat up without going broke. Most of my cheap-experiments have been out of tune, losing air like crazy, or just plain miserable to play. Unsurprisingly, most of the cheapies are made in China, and every China-made harp has been utterly miserable…. until now.

The Easttop 008K Blues Harmonica is not only cheap, but it’s well made. My only concern was that the reed-plate isn’t recessed into the comb (which affect air-tightness), but they’ve compensated with additional reed-plate screws so it’s still remarkably air-tight. I thought the reed plate would be rough on the lips, but turns out it’s not too bad.  Moreover, this cheap China harp came out of the box in tune, the reeds bend nicely, and it includes little a nice belt holster and cleaning cloth.

If you’re new to harmonica, and just want something cheap to try and play along with Bob, please don’t buy that low-end Hohner or Swan crap. They’re going to give you the wrong impression of how it’s supposed to play & sound. This Easttop harp sound great, it’s a pleasure to honk on, and if you’re a seasoned harp player, it makes a great pocket-beater, or just a cheap alternative for a key you don’t regularly use in your spread.

Easttop isn’t paying me to say this – I have no idea who they are anyway – but when I find a harp of this quality for $12, it’s my civic duty to share that info. I haven’t found it available at any of my usual online music-store haunts, but it’s available on Amazon and it shipped to me from China to Canada pretty darn fast.  Here’s a link to their listing on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2r1dmOd

Walkin’ Down The Line

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Just a beautiful colourization job!

Hello June!

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I’ve posted the new running total for June, but thanks to last month’s donators, we’ve already got a great head start! Please consider donating towards June if you can afford it, but in the meantime, a little treat for this afternoon… Enjoy!

May Chronicles

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Our May audiobook series saved the best for last!  Tune in at 7pm, May 25-30 for readings from Chronicles: Volume One, as well as our post-birthday airings of “The Bob Dylan Story” with Kris Kristofferson at 5pm Atlantic.

HAPPY 76th BOB!

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Happy Birthday Bob!!  We, your fans, thank you so much for another great tour, a new album, a Nobel Prize win, and everything else you do that inspires us to think deeper, love stronger, work harder and keep on keepin’ on.   Thanks for everything!

The request rules have been loosened today, so you can make even more requests and dedications in celebration of Bob’s birthday!  Also tune in at 2pm for a special rebroadcast of “The Folk Show” birthday special.  (1pm Eastern, 12pm Central, 10am Pacific, 6pm London, 5am Sydney) 

And then tune in today, and every day at 5pm for the first episode of “The Story of Bob” hosted by Kris Kristofferson.  The final episode will air Sunday night.  (4pm Eastern, 3pm Central, 1pm Pacific, 9pm London, 8am Sydney)

 

 

Spring Book Break!

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Spring has sprung, and everyone is as busy as a bee, so why not unwind at the end of the day with a nice audiobook about our beloved Bob.  May is book-month on DylanRadio.com, so tune in for reading from our audiobook series every evening at 7pm Atlantic (6pm Eastern, 5pm Central, 3pm Pacific, 11pm London, 10am Sydney).

Happy Triplicate Day!

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w00t!  It’s finally here, and available for requests in the songpool!

Thanks For Everything, Chuck.

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March 31, 2017

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The Wilburys Have Travelled On…

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Thanks to everyone for tuning in and taking part in our Wilbury Weekend!  Those wandering minstrels are sure to return in the not too distant future, but for now, back to Bob!

Welcome To Another Wild #WilburyWeekend!

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Time for another Wilbury Weekend!  Tune in all weekend long and request your faves by those crazy wandering minstrels, Nelson, Spike, Otis, Clayton, Charlie T Jr, Muddy, Lefty, Lucky & Boo!

You can also tune in to the BBC Program “The Traveling Wilburys Revisited” that will play a number of times throughout the weekend:  Friday at 3pm Atlantic (2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 11am Pacific, 7pm London, 6am Sydney), Saturday at 2am (1am Eastern, 12am Central, 10pm Pacific, 6am London, 5pm Sydney) and again at 8pm (7pm Eastern, 6pm Central, 4pm Pacific, 12am London, 11am Sydney), and Sunday at 5pm (4pm Eastern, 3pm Central, 1pm Pacific, 9pm London, 8am Sydney).

The Weekend is Coming…

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Happy New Year Dylan Fans!

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Happy New Year to everyone, and thanks for making this a fantastic year celebrating Bob Dylan here at DylanRadio.com!  It’s the commitment of the fans who really made 2016 The Year of Bob!

2016: The Year of Bob

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2016 was an AMAZING year for Bob, and DylanRadio.com has been overjoyed to be along for the ride.  Celebrating Bob’s 75th birthday and our 10th anniversary in May, I thought that was going to be the high point of the year, and BOY was I wrong!  Every time you try to set a high-water mark for Bob Dylan, the levee breaks and you go down in the flood!

So let’s have one final fling with a marathon of BBC’s “The Bob Dylan Story” on New Year’s Eve starting Dec 31 at 3pm Atlantic (2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 11am Pacific, 7pm London, 6am Sydney).  it’s a great opportunity to reflect on a life well-lived, and the music he’s shared along the way.