FERGUS – For many years, songwriter Randy Shook was told he sounded and acted like Bob Dylan onstage, but he never thought about putting on a tribute show to perform Dylan’s repertoire.
He has spent the majority of his 30-year music career performing in bars, festivals and cafes all over southern Ontario and the northern U.S.
His Dylan imitation, originally performed as a parody, eventually evolved into a detailed tribute show: Edge of Dylan (Celebrate the Songs of Bob Dylan).
“After taking a break from music to recuperate from neck surgery, I decided to go in a different direction with my music career,” Shook said.
“I got involved with a bunch of tribute performers and was encouraged to form a band for the show.”
Edge of Dylan is a detailed production of a stylized Bob Dylan performance with Dylan’s quirky onstage behavior, signature vocals, and creative music arrangements.
For over a decade, Shook has mesmerized audiences with his ability to emulate Bob Dylan’s unique vocal style and stage persona.
“The crowd response to this show has been overwhelming,” Shooke said.
“People tap their feet, close their eyes, sing along, and sometimes get very emotional.
“Many are diehard Dylan fans that have seen several Bob Dylan concerts.”
Edge of Dylan celebrates the creativity of Bob Dylan’s music and songwriting and has consistently attracted diehard Bob Dylan fans to performing arts centres and concert halls in southern Ontario.