Roots of Bob

Quit Your Low Down Ways

From the Bootleg Series notes (John Bauldie):

"Quit Your Low Down Ways", a sort of patchwork quilt of a composition, draws its verses from various traditional blues songs. The most direct source is "Milk Cow Blues," recorded by Sleepy John Estes in 1930 and, in fact, the first two verses of "Quit your Lown Down Ways" are essentially lifted from Kokomo Arnold's version of the same song from 1934. Dylan seems to have been enjoying exploring blues roots music at this time - he'd tried recording his own amalgam reworking of "Milk Cow Blues" (a version which simultaneously drew on Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Kokomo Arnold, and Elvis Presley ersions of the same song) only a couple of months before.

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