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Published July 28, 2013 4:07 pm

Music • Rappers, country singers, metal frontmen and Southern rockers opine on Mr. Zimmerman's best.
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There might be one person who doesn't have a favorite Bob Dylan song.

It would be that anonymous Brit at the Manchester Free Trade Hall during Dylan's 1966 world tour who famously called the singer-songwriter "Judas" right before the newly electric Dylan played a definitely-not-unplugged rendition of "Ballad of a Thin Man."

Everyone else, perhaps including Judas Iscariot himself, has a preference, including all those who will be going to see Dylan at Usana Amphitheatre this week.

The Salt Lake Tribune asked musicians from all different genres to name their favorite Dylan song or two:

Matisyahu, reggae rapper • "Hurricane."

Chris Wyse, The Cult • "Idiot Wind."

Nick Hexum, 311, funk-rock band • "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere."

Cathy Henderson, Antigone Rising, folk-rock band • "Tangled Up in Blue."

Charlie Starr, Blackberry Smoke, Southern rock band • "Romance in Durango" and "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry."

Aaron Lewis, Staind, metal band • "Dear Landlord."

Scott Devendorf, The National. alt-rock band • "Most of the Time."

Jake Owen, country singer • "Hurricane."

Ryan Bingham, Americana rocker • "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."

Mandy Patinkin, Great American Songbook singer • "Mama, You Been on My Mind" and "Subterranean Homesick Blues."

Lovefoxxx, CSS, Brazilian dance group • "Highway 61 Revisited."

Steven Drozd, Flaming Lips, experimental rock band • "I Shall Be Free" and "Mr. Tambourine Man."

Wayne Brady, improv actor and soul singer • "Blowin' in the Wind."

Derek Trucks, Southern rock guitarist • "Duquesne Whistle."

Adam Ant, New Wave singer • "Watching the River Flow."

Scott Tournet, The Nocturnals, country-rock band •[Albums] "Time Out of Mind" and "Blood on the Tracks."

Noelle Scaggs, Fitz & the Tantrums, neo-soul band • [Album] "The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 – Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989–2006."

Brantley Gilbert, country singer • "Like a Rolling Stone."

Jason Isbell, Muscle Shoals singer-songwriter • "Boots of Spanish Leather."

Jon Jones, Eli Young Band, country band • "Like a Rolling Stone."

Andrew Savage, Parquet Courts, indie-rock band • "The Man in Me" and "Positively 4th Street."

Cindy Shea, Mariachi Divas, mariachi band • "Blowin' in the Wind."

Alex Brown Church, Sea Wolf, indie-folk band • [Albums] "Blonde on Blonde" and "Desire."

Maura O'Connell, Irish country singer • "Forever Young" and "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go."

Jon Spencer, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, blues rock band • [Era] "When he starting playing electric."

Snowden, indie-rock singer-songwriter • [Era] "Before he went electric."



Twitter: @davidburger —

Bob Dylan's Americanarama Tour

With Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham.

When • Thursday, Aug. 1, at 5:30 p.m.

Where • Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City

Tickets • $33 to $70 at SmithsTix —

Bob Dylan memories

Here are some of our favorite Bob Dylan songs:

"Tomorrow Is a Long Time" (from "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II," 1971)

"Lay Down Your Weary Tune" (from "Biograph," 1985)

"Sara" (from "Desire," 1976)

"Visions of Johanna" (from "Blonde on Blonde," 1966)

"Desolation Row" (from "Highway 61 Revisited," 1965)

"Not Dark Yet" (from "Time Out of Mind," 1997)

David Burger






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