Ratso Sloman “Skeleton Tree” – Listen

Larry “Ratso” Sloman released his debut solo album, ‘Stubborn Heart‘ , last year – quite a change of direction for the man probably best known for ‘On the Road with Bob Dylan‘, the book that acted as a backstage pass to the Rolling Thunder Revue.  And now he’s back with a new single – a cover of the Nick Cave song ‘Skeleton Tree.‘  it’s no accident, as Ratso himself explains.

Arthur Cave was an exceptional child. He was inquisitive, brash, charming, just a joy to be around. I always looked forward to seeing him and his twin brother Earlie whenever the Cave family visited New York. The news of Arthur’s death, via an early morning text from Nick, hit me like a sledgehammer. And when ‘Skeleton Tree’ was released, a brilliant first attempt at coming to terms with the death of a son by his father, I knew I had to incorporate the song into my set as some small gesture of my love for Arthur. We subsequently worked it up in the studio and I hope that my version does justice to Arthur’s indomitable spirit.”

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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