Mary Lee's Corvette

Blood on the Tracks: Recorded Live at Arlene Grocery

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Mary Lee's Corvette was pretty gutsy when the band decided to cover Bob Dylan's 1975 classic, Blood on the Tracks, one September evening in 2001. Frontwoman Mary Lee Kortes wasn't entirely sure she wanted to go through with it, but lucky for listeners she did. What happened that evening was a magical turn of events at Arlene's Grocery in New York City. Kortes, who's vocally reminiscent of Maria McKee, proved to herself that she had what it took to pay tribute to her favorite artist without sounding too much like Mr. Dylan. Naturally, she was nervous, but the instrumentation of Mary Lee's Corvette didn't let that be known. Once the band kicked into the eight-minute rendition of "Idiot Wind," Mary Lee's Corvette soared into the night with a heavy disposition. "Meet Me in the Morning" follows suit with its gritty guitar drawl; Kortes truly lets it all go thanks to the nasty musical tango between her and guitarist Andy York. Who knew a Bob Dylan song could be so sexy? Mary Lee's Corvette gives new breadth to a timeless collection. She did it right, too. She invited members of the audience to join her on the country jaunt "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts," allowing fellow fans to deliver their own Dylan impersonations. It's oddly hilarious, but leave it to Kortes to bring it back to the spotlight. While the harmonica on "Tangled Up in Blue" is sharp, the acoustics on the album are tight, reeling the crowd into the soundscape of each song. Blood on the Tracks: Recorded Live at Arlene's Grocery captures Kortes' musical spirit; the concept is quite impressive given that it is only her second album.

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