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Today I released an updated version of my song “The President”. It’s a rewrite of a song I wrote in 1986, updated to reflect the horror of the current administration.
It is available now as a download and for streaming on Bandcamp and we are taking orders for a limited edition vinyl release as well.

I recorded this version at home during lockdown, with Emma Swift in the co-producer’s chair, as well as Patrick Sansone flying the Mellotron, the triangle and two judiciously overdubbed 12 string guitars. The B-side:  “The Cross, The Dollar And The Gun” will be released later this month.
You can watch the music video, art directed by Emma Swift below.
Love on ye,

Hey folks, I’ve re-written “The President” (originally from 1986) to try to catch the horror of the current one: it’s my new single on Tiny Ghost Records. Here’s the video, created by Emma Swift

Available now for pre-order as limited edition red vinyl 7 inch, and also as a digital download at Bandcamp:


Gearing up for the release of Blonde on the Tracks, her album of Bob Dylan covers, Emma Swift has dropped a tender rendition of “Queen Jane Approximately.”

A highlight from 1965’s Highway 61 Revisited, Swift’s cover showcases her delicate vocals over a 12-string Rickenbacker guitar. The video, which features animation and photos by Hugh Hales-Tooke, contains imagery from Dylan’s 1975-1976 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. He appears as a full moon in his iconic whiteface makeup, as Swift views him through a telescope.

“The idea for the album came about during a long depressive phase,” Swift said of Blonde on the Tracks. “The kind where it’s hard to get out of bed and get dressed and present to the world as a high-functioning human. I was lost on all fronts no doubt, but especially creatively.”

“I’ve never been a prolific writer, but this period was especially wordless,” she continued.  “Sad, listless and desperate, I began singing Bob Dylan songs as a way to have something to wake up for. Interpreting other people’s emotions is how I learned to sing and I’ve always enjoyed hearing Dylan’s songs from a female perspective. You can learn a lot about melody and feeling by the way a singer chooses to interpret someone else’s song.”

“Queen Jane Approximately” follows Swift’s cover of “I Contain Multitudes,” the original of which appears on Dylan’s latest album, Rough and Rowdy Ways. Other songs on the LP include the Blonde on Blonde tracks “One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)” and “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,” as well as “Simple Twist of Fate” and “You’re a Big Girl Now” from Blood on the Tracks.

Blonde on the Tracks was first recorded at Nashville’s Magnetic Sound Studio in 2017. It was produced by Wilco’s Patrick Sansone and features Robyn Hitchcock on guitar, Thayer Serrano on pedal steel guitar, Jon Estes on bass and Jon Radford on drums.

From Emma’s forthcoming album “Blonde on the Tracks”: a reimagining of Bob Dylan songs out August 14 on Tiny Ghost Records.

Nashville label and small press, Cosmic Thug Records, will release a digital split single from Emma Swift and Pony Boy next week featuring two reinterpretations of classic Neil Young songs.

Emma Swift performs a wonderfully poignant version of Mellow My Mind maintains the melancholy of Young’s version but trades the melodrama for her unique voice and a delightfully warbly guitar. and Pony Boy (Marchelle Bradanini)  offers up a slow-as-molasses, haunting take on Like A Hurricane turns the somewhat anthemic original into a mournful lamentation, expressing the underlying sadness of the song.


Both are great versions and well worth a listen. There is also a rather nice video for Mellow My Mind too. Released by: Cosmic Thug Records