Pledging My Time with Bob Dylan's Band Members (New Book by Ray Padgett)
A Dylan.FM Podcast
Ray Padgett is writing a new book that compiles 50+ interviews with musicians and others who’ve been involved with Bob Dylan’s live shows. It’s called Pledging My Time, and there is a pre-release Indiegogo campaign running that allows you to pre-order the book and take advantage of special bonus offers.
The campaign runs through December 16, 2022 so we talked with Ray to learn more about the book, about the campaign, and to find out what he’s learned talking to all these Dylan insiders.
Ray has been writing a Substack newsletter called ‘Flagging Down The Double E’s‘ for over two years. These tend to focus on Bob Dylan’s live work – usually taking a deep look at some historical concert.
But sometimes Ray has interviewed musicians who played at those concerts – folks like Benmont Tench, Larry Campbell, Winton Watson, and others. These have been long and really interesting interviews: and they proved to be the most popular posts on his site.
So he kept going; and has now interviewed about fifty people who played with Bob or worked on his tours. Who? Jim Keltner, Winton Watson, Benmont Tench, Larry Cambell, Stan Lynch, Early Sound Crew (David Robb, Keith Dircks, Fuzzy Frazer), Billy Cross, Richard Fernandez (Tour Manager), Christopher Parker, John Wurster, Ray Benson, Dickey Betts, Jeff Bridges, Harvey Brooks, Gary Burke, Marshall Crenshaw, Karl Denson, Leslie Dowdall, Ramblin’ Jack, Kinky Friedman, Freddy Koella, Barry Goldberg, Spooner Oldham, Michael ‘Soy Bomb’ Portnoy, Duke Robillard, Fred Tackett, Richard Thompson, Happy Traum, and more.
In this show he tells us about how he gets these folks to talk (many have never given an interview before), whether or not he’s had any flac from the Dylan camp, and shares some of the stories he heard talking to drummers, guitarists, and people who work with Bob Dylan for a living.
This is Ray’s second time on Dylan.FM – he talked with us in Episode 03 about the cover songs made from Time Out Of Mind. He runs the Cover.Me website which reviews and discusses all kinds of cover song performances, and he’s published two earlier books, one Cover Me that take a deep dive into twenty of the most iconic cover songs in history (including All Along The Watchtower and Make You Feel My Love), and a 33 1/3 book on Leonard Cohen’s tribute album called I’m Your Fan.