Krayolas Score Surprise Hit With Bob Dylan Cover

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If you follow these pages you may have noticed that Rocks Off recently tabbed Tipsy Topsy Turvy by veteran San Antonio rockers The Krayolas as our choice for best Texas album of the year so far. Yes, we understand that this may be running counter to the other members of the local media and even our own staff, most of whom have already anointed Robert Ellis' Photographs the musical event of the year.

Well, we're still jamming Tipsy Topsy Turvy frequently, so we'll stick with that choice.

Rocks Off recently got an email from Krayolas leader Hector Saldana alerting us to a one-off track the band recently recorded of Bob Dylan's "All I Really Want To Do." The band learned the song for its segment in a Bob Dylan 70th birthday tribute event, and afterward decided to record it.

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"I came up with the arrangement for our appearance at the annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash, where we debuted it and got a huge response," says Saldana. "So we recorded it Sunday afternoon.

"It took about an hour. I played bass; my brother played drums and sings lead; Van [Baines] played guitar. I was just playing around on bass one day and came up with the Eddie Cochran "Summertime Blues" inspired attack."

Recorded two weeks ago this past Sunday, the track is already getting radio play and Saldana has more plans.

"The response has been so good, we're going to release it as a single. We got national satellite radio airplay on it yesterday [by Dave Marsh ], and we're getting spins on it on KUT-FM in Austin and on KSYM-FM in San Antonio. We also got lots of requests to play it at our Gruene Hall gig last week.

"And it's fun to play, too."

Longtime rock critic Marsh describes the track: "As close as you get to [hearing] The Who sing Bob Dylan." It sounds like the Byrds too, to Rocks Off's ears anyway.

Dylan wrote and recorded the song in 1964 for his album Another Side of Bob Dylan, when he had only recently abandoned topical songwriting. The Byrds cut the song in 1965, and it became their second hit single from their debut album Mr. Tambourine Man.

Cher released a version of the song also in 1965 on the Imperial label, and her version would actually chart higher than the Byrds cut.

Come on, Houston, listen to the track on the Krayolas' Web site and tell Rocks Off Sir Doug isn't grinning from ear to ear.


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39 comments
Nad
Nad

Not bad.  Could use a little more soul, though. Reminds me a bit of the theme song from the TV show "Friends".

Chadsae
Chadsae

Saw The Krayolas at Gruene Hall. They are awesome!

Hilda Guerrero
Hilda Guerrero

I've been a fan since the days when Hector, David and Van used to stop traffic playing in the garage at 619 Jackson-Keller Road in San Antonio.  They're still stopping traffic.  Congrats!

Mjsaldana
Mjsaldana

I think and enjoy what the Krayolas new Bob Dylan's release.  They certainly have the beat and rhythm.  Keep it up...Miguel

Rene
Rene

Sounds like the young Krayolas

Lulu
Lulu

Love it! Thx for sharing this!

Les
Les

This is great stuff! One of those bands that have been around the block, but many don't know. Worth a listen!

Fina
Fina

this song totally kills! love this version, and dylan will love it too! big song, big heart....you guys definitely deserve texas album of the year.

David Saldaña
David Saldaña

Great story William, looking forward to debuting the song live in Houston next month.David Saldaña

MIF
MIF

Congrats on another kick ass tune! Let me know when you come to Dallas so I can hear and visit with you live.  keep it up; I've always enjoyed your music.

Travelinamy
Travelinamy

Great song, covered by one of the best bands around.  Thanks for giving the Krayolas some well-deserved props!

Box Records
Box Records

The Krayolas coming to Houston to play at Under the Volcano on Wednesday, July 27.

Piwo
Piwo

Seen the Krayolas several times... always a pleasure!

Elysekaram
Elysekaram

Heard them live in San Antonio many times. Great band!! 

FuManu
FuManu

Krayolas, come back to Austin! Spread some of that SA love around. 

Bruce F
Bruce F

I agree with Myrna's comment totally!  I have seen The Krayolas many times. They were the best the first time, but they just keep getting better and better! With their unique sound and talent, the sky is the limit.

Myrna
Myrna

The Krayolas are one of the BEST live bands I have seen.  Their energy and their stage presence is out of control and then add to that their musical talent!  Each record I hear keeps getting better and better.  I'm glad that they are getting the accolades and attention they deserve. 

Bassmacias198604
Bassmacias198604

These guys are awesome!!! Young and old jam to their music and leave you singing the lyrics all the way home!! Hector and the gang know how to rock!

Nicky
Nicky

If you get the chance to see the Krayolas live any time soon, seize the opportunity and savor it. These guys are onto something. It's true musicianship drenched in a happy-go-lucky vibe that allows everyone to let their guard down and enjoy themselves.

The Krayolas have discovered a formula that seamlessly blends rockers like "All I Really Want To Do",  "Long Leaf Pine", and "Deceiver", with the more laid-back ballads like "Rescue Roses" and Doug Sahm's "It's Gonna Be Easy" which features Van Baines on pedal steel and creates a dreamy sound scape that's perfect for ordering another round of Shiners. 

And even though Hector Saldana might bring things way down with an instrumental/acoustic version of 'Blackbird", don't get too comfortable -- the speakers will soon be pumped full of bass as The Krayolas bust out a rocking version of "Little Fox" that dares anyone not to get up and dance.

Long live Rock & Roll and Long live The Krayolas!

sandy
sandy

I saw The Krayolas at Guene Hall last Sunday, and I have to say that the song sounds even better live!

Gonzo
Gonzo

I heard "Catherine" on Little Steven show this weekend.  My all-time favorite is still "Corrido Twelve Heads in a Bag."

Terry
Terry

Great story and much deserved.  Love The Krayolas!

Mr. Cook
Mr. Cook

Mr. Zimmerman will be calling Mr Saldana asking him to cover some other tunes of his.

Hector Saldana, The Krayolas
Hector Saldana, The Krayolas

While we're basking in all this Doug Sahm love, I'm asking musicians, fans and music journalists to boycott the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame until they induct Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers y sus compadres once and for all.  The Sir Douglas Quintet were eligible in 1990.  The Texas Tornados will be in three more years.  These legendary homegrown musicians have inspired generations of players, including The Krayolas.  It's a slap in the face that Sir Doug isn't in.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not legitimate without him.

Jackson
Jackson

This article says "Cher released a version of the song also in 1965....and her version would actually chart higher than the Byrds cut."  It wasn't Cher's version, it was Sonny and Cher's version, and they did the song as a duet.

Hector Saldana, The Krayolas
Hector Saldana, The Krayolas

Once again, it's my brother David that's the voice of the hit.  That was him on "Catherine" (a staple on SIRIUS XM's "Little Steven's Underground Garage") and in the old days on "Happy Go Lucky" and "Sunny Day."  Can't wait to get to Houston and play for you guys.

Astro
Astro

I caught the Krayolas at Cactus Music a couple of years ago. Fun band! 

Box Records
Box Records

The Krayolas want to thank music writer William Michael Smith and remind all his readers that SIRIUSXM "Kick Out the Jams!" with host Dave Marsh repeats on Wednesday evening.  Not only did Marsh open the show with The Krayolas "All I really Want To Do," but had guest Joe Ely, too.

JS
JS

Cool version of a great song.

Chris
Chris

They are the BEST band out there today!!!CCC

Eekaram1
Eekaram1

Krayolas are the most kick ass band around.

Chris
Chris

Mr. Karam is correct!!! The Krayolas are the finest band out there!!!

Mrsgroovin
Mrsgroovin

Hey Mrtire, Hey how's it going?  Yes, Sir Mr.Wayne Douglas (aka) Doug Sahm is my dad. Dad had so many changes of names.  Not only was he inspriational to so many kinds of people in the whole world.He is the real deal not a fake bone in  his body and learned all self taught. Granny would say how dad would just pick up anything! And play it like putting on socks.now if that's not a gift from the man up stairs. Then I don't know what to tell you.  And I'm proud of the Krayolas getting hip to dad's all kinds of different music. And started playing and being inspired by dad.Have you heard the Krayolas song we are talking about?  What's your input? Like it? Vocals,bass,drums, arangement? Or just the whole shabam. Just like people's feed back. Take care brother. Keep on groovin into the real deal. Dawn Sahm

Mrtire
Mrtire

If your Dad is Doug Sahm I just want you to know that his music inspired me.

Dawn Sahm
Dawn Sahm

Yes,  The Krayolas is really rockin out some great music. I know one thing dad would ask them if he could sit in a join this rockin band. Dad is smiling and rockin with the Big guys. (Krayolas)...Also great much of cats that have a great out look on what they love best MUSIC...... Dawn Sahm

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