Video: Mary Lee Kortes Performs Entire ‘Blood On The Tracks’ Album Live (Dylan Digs Her)

Back in 2002 Mary Lee Kortes and her band, Mary Lee’s Corvette, released their live take on Blood On The Tracks, recorded at Arlene’s Grocery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Rolling Stone’s David Fricke checked out the album and wrote:

“Your eyes do not deceive you. And your doubts won’t last. This is a complete re-creation of Bob Dylan’s untouchable 1975 divorce album. Executed with a quaintly direct magnificence enhanced by the modesty of its origins (a one-time 2001 New York club show rescued from a soundboard cassette and eclipsed only by Dylan’s definitive recording. There is a savory Blonde on Blonde air to the organ and piano coursing through the band’s faithful acoustic picking, while the bright bite in Mary Lee Kortes’ voice-the high-mountain sunshine of Dolly Parton, with a sweet iron undercoat of Chrissie Hynde- turns up the female hurt and fight in “Tangled Up In Blue” and “You’re A Big Girl Now.” The ultimate compliment; Dylan likes this album so much he has featured one of the tracks on his website.”
-David Fricke, Rolling Stone Oct 3, 2002 (4 Stars)

The album caught Bob Dylan’s attention, and the group opened for him in New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom in August 2003, and he featured one of their tracks on his website..

Last year, on January 30, they performed the entire album again, this time at Joe’s Pub in NYC. You can check out all the performances below.

“Tangled Up In Blue”:

“Simple Twist Of Fate”:

“You’re A Big Girl Now”:

“Idiot Wind”:

“You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You’re Gone”:

“Meet Me In The Morning”:

“Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts”:

“If You See Her Say Hello”:

“Shelter From The Storm”:

“Buckets Of Rain”:


“Everything Is Broken”:

Musicians include:

Andy York, Guitar and harmony vocals
Rod Hohl, guitar
Brad Albetta, bass
Diego Voglino, Drums
Andy Burton, keyboards

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