Review: “Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall,” by Waco Brothers and Paul Burch


“Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”

From Waco Brothers and Paul Burch’s Great Chicago Fire


Liner notes: Worlds collide with a bang on this wonderfully scruffy version of the Dylan chestnut, which nicks the bluesy arrangement of the David Bowie classic “The Jean Genie.”

Behind the music: This alt-country dream team pairs Chicago’s raucous Waco Brothers, helmed by UK punk pioneer Jon Langford (of the Mekons), with the gentler singer-songwriter Paul Burch, who’s worked with everyone from Ralph Stanley to Vic Chesnutt to Exene Cervenka.

Check it out if you like: Those Darlins, Bobby Bare Jr., and other mischievous traditionalists.