"Lay Lady Lay" is a classic Bob Dylan tune, even if it doesn't sound like classic Dylan. 'Ole Bobby D. claims his voice sounded different on Nashville Skyline because he quit smoking before recording. Magnet and Gemma Hayes' soft, orchestral take on the song appeared on the Mr. & Mrs. Smith soundtrack, and inspired Bad Lucy's version.
"It's actually pretty different than most of the other Magnet tunes. There's an orchestra on it and it's really arranged, but it was just so well done. It's a great tune, Bob Dylan's an awesome songwriter, obviously, so we went for it," says bassist Alex Kyhn.
"We used to have this problem of playing shows and not having enough material, so we learned a few covers and this was one of them," says singer and guitarist J. Miller, "Now we have the reverse problem where we play shows and we don't have enough time to play all of our songs, so this one fell off awhile ago and we're always like, 'let's play Lay Lady Lay,' and then it will be on a set list and we'll get cut short or something. We love to play it, especially in this setting with the upright [bass] and Rhodes.
Bad Lucy is scheduled to perform an unplugged showcase with The Alchemy Heart at The Roxy Lounge on Wednesday, June 27.
This video was recorded at The Bear's Den with a little audio help from Gabe Williams.
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