I Feel A Change Comin' On

Album: Together Through Life (2009)


  • Every now and then Dylan will namecheck another musician in one of his songs, like he did with Alicia Keys in "Thunder on the Mountain. In "I Feel A Change Comin' On," he sings, "I'm listening to Billy Joe Shaver." Shaver is a key mover in the "Outlaw Country" scene, a highly respected singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and many others. When we spoke with Shaver in 2010, he told us: "I've never met Dylan, but I think the world of him, and I remember when I first heard him way back - I've been writing songs since I was a kid, and when I heard his first tape, it upset me a little bit because I was real envious of that. I took the tapes and threw them in the river. I thought, God, what else is there to write about? (laughing) But I realized that if I'd just be honest and be myself, that I would be different.

    Dylan impressed me so much. He inspired me more than influenced me. I think he's probably the greatest writer that ever lived. And he's real cool, I like him. I even like his singing real well. He has a spiritualism or something to him."
  • Check out the guitar on this track - that's Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Among Campbell's accomplishments: writing the music and playing on Don Henley's hits "The Heart Of The Matter" and "The Boys of Summer." The Together Through Life album isn't the first time he's worked with a Dylan; Campbell played the guitar solo on "Sixth Avenue Heartache" by The Wallflowers, who are fronted by Bob's son Jakob Dylan.

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  • Edlis from HavanaHokum Stomp / Big Bill Broonzy

  • Edlis from HavanaMOJO's Michael Simmons: In Big Bill Broonzy's "Hokum Stomp," he keeps repeating "I feel a change comin' on."
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