All Along the Outer Banks Watchtower

Doug Dino performing Dylan songs on ukulele.
Doug Dino performing Dylan songs on ukulele.
Iconic All Along the Watchtower Leads to Celebration

Fifty years ago on November 22, 1968 Bob Dylan released “All Along the Watchtower,” one of his most celebrated songs. To mark that event the Dare County Arts Council featured the work of artist Janet Stapelman.

Stapelman’s took each line of the song and created a cotton thread on canvas board to represent her interpretation the words. The artwork was striking in its use of color and and creativity. The exhibit will be on display at the DCAC Gallery through January 15.

Janet Stapleman, "Said the Joker to the Thief."
Janet Stapleman, “Said the Joker to the Thief.”

To help the celebration along, the DCAC invited a number of Outer Banks musicians to stop by and perform the songs of Bob Dylan.

There were a number of different versions of “All Along the Watchtower.” and that’s to be expected. Jimi Hendrix created what is probably the best known version. The song, though, lends itself to a lot of different interpretations, as do almost all of Dylan’s works.

Musically what stood out at the Friday evening event was how wide the variety of songs Dylan had created, and how good local musicians are.

With so many outstanding musicians taking the stage, finding a favorite doesn’t seem possible.

Jonny Waters and Company—a very large company in this case—did a great job with “All Along the Watchtower,” with some great lead guitar work from Waters.

Doug Dino performed three Dylan songs on ukulele—and they sounded great.

Toward the end of the evening, Ruth Wyand took the stage. Ruth is a master guitarist, has a powerful voice that is perfect for the blues and is a fantastic performer. Her performance of Blind Willie McTell was spot on.

There was so much to do the weekend after Thanksgiving that we couldn’t report on everything—there was Kites with Lights at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. Winter Lights began this weekend at the Elizabethan Gardens and one of our favorite events of the year—the Big Curri-Shuck featured all you can eat oysters and crab at Sanctuary Vineyards on Saturday.

But the All Along the Watchtower evening was so different it was worth a special mention.

There is always something special happening on the Outer Banks. Come for a visit and check out Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates for the best accommodations.