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Bluebird Quarantunes: Elliott's Playlist

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Looking to discover some new tunes while you're stuck at home? The Bluebird staff has you covered! Each weekend, we'll be putting out a new quarantunes playlist curated by one of our staff members. Today's playlist is brought to you by The Bluebird Cafe Venue Manager, Elliott Duke. Find out what he's listening to while preparing the room for shows, making repairs, and more!

Bob Dylan

"Shelter From The Storm"
I’ve always loved this version of Shelter. It’s from the second leg of The Rolling Thunder Revue in 1976. I admire the way Bob has continued to evolve as an artist. Constantly challenging our expectations as he follows his muse.

Richard & Linda Thompson

"A Heart Needs A Home"

I could listen to this FOREVER. Richard is one of my favorite songwriters and Linda sings this beautifully. Timeless.

The Incredible String Band


Robin Williamson blows my mind. His songs are otherworldly. The first four ISB albums are unique and fantastic.

Rachel Sermanni

"Ae Fond Kiss"

This was written by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1791. When I hear this version, I was spellbound. Rachel's ability to convey the lyric is profound. P.S. “Phone’s ringing, Dude."

Gram Parsons


I’m a big Gram Parsons fan and this is one of my favorites. This is one of those songs I’ll listen to when I’m in a melancholy mood. We all feel like that from time to time…right? Yes

The Fairport Convention

"Who Knows Where The Time Goes?"

This song was written by the late, great Sandy Denny. I find myself turning to it again and again with each passing year. Can’t figure out why. Ha!

The Velvet Underground

"Oh! Sweet Nuthin'"

This is one of those songs that always rolls around LATE at night and lets you know the party is over. The party was over for the Velvets by this time too. I love the vibe of this one.

Grateful Dead

"Cumberland Blues"

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty. Essential albums for any record collection. Here's a version of Cumberland Blues from Austin, TX 11/15/71. WOW!!

The Byrds

"One Hunder Years From Now"

Great song from an equally great album. It was a thrill to attend the 50th anniversary concert celebrating "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" at the Ryman Auditorium.

Lucinda Williams


Not only is Lucinda a great songwriter, but she’s also a total badass. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her many times at The Bluebird Cafe. Always awesome!

John Prine

"Blue Umbrella"

John Prine was one of my songwriting heroes. John was a true American original and his loss is immeasurable. This song always rings true for me. I’ve often found myself wishing for an extra season to make sense of this big old goofy world. R.I.P. John.

Mississippi John Hurt

"You Got To Walk That Lonesome Valley"

Mississippi John Hurt just dropped some truth on us. 

- Elliott Duke