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Review: Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples inspire in Santa Barbara

Review: Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples inspire in Santa Barbara

“Do you recognize any of these songs he’s singing?” The question was posed by a woman maybe in her 60s or early 70s to her neighbor near the end of Bob Dylan’s two-hour show Saturday at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

Told he’d been playing many of the pop standards from his two most recent albums, as well as several from the albums of his own songs he’s released over the last 20 years, she said, “What about the old songs he used to do?”

Aye, there’s the rub.

It isn’t that Dylan ignores material from his watershed 1960s repertoire that got him dubbed “the spokesman for a...

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