The Moondoggies: “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”
Last year’s Tidelands brought the Moondoggies much-deserved critical acclaim for its mixture of folk-rock and gospel-style multi-part harmonies. Yet the Seattle quartet isn’t resting on its laurels. They’ve been touring for over a year now (with their debut appearance at ACL Fest coming up in September) and recently they returned to the studio to tackle the Bob Dylan classic “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.”
Dylan wrote the song at his Woodstock home in 1967 while recovering from his motorcycle crash the year previous. He recorded it with the Band, but the song first hit the charts in 1968 through the Byrds’ version, opening up their seminal album Sweetheart of the Radio.
Those are big artistic boots to fill for the Moondoggies, but they’re more than up for the task. Since their debut in 2008, the group has tackled a wide range of Americana sounds with a style that’s both somber and uplifting, and they’re quickly earning a solid reputation for their live shows. In addition to that looming ACL date, the band will also be performing at an official ACL aftershow with the Head And The Heart on Saturday, September 17 at Antone’s.