REVIEWING THE LATEST IN AMERICANA, COUNTRY, FOLK, SINGER/SONGWRITER, ACOUSTIC, BLUES, AND BLUEGRASS.
Reviewed by Jack Richter
Jimmy Hasser/The Big Picture
Bob Dylan is dead.
At least, that’s the headline I keep expecting to read after listening to Jimmy Hasser’s The Big Picture. I realize that sounds morose, but I mean it in the best way possible. It’s not that Hasser butchers Dylan, but instead the opposite. He plays the part so well, that he must have invoked Dylan’s spirit then recorded the album during the séance. You read it here first: Bob Dylan is certainly dead.
From the onset of The Big Picture, the similarities to Dylan are obvious. The trademarks are there in spades: bright harmonicas, meaningful lyrics, and story-telling vocals. Boasting a track listing of 19 songs, The Big Picture could almost be nicknamed Brunette on Blonde — almost. There’s the occasional song which brakes the mold, but keeps the spirit of classic rock and folk music alive nonetheless. “How You Know It’s Love,” for example, touches more on Rod Stewart than it does Dylan. All in all, this record is highly recommended for people longing for the freewheelin’ tunes of the ’60s.