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Roger McGuinn’s 5 Best Songs

Roger McGuinn will be returning to Utica on November 10 to perform at the Stanley Theatre as part of MWPAI’s Great Artist Series.

With his signature 12-string Rickenbacker sound, McGuinn is one of my favorite artists.  Here are my choices for his 5 best songs from his post-Byrds solo albums.


Up to Me

Cardiff Rose



‘Up to Me’ was written by Bob Dylan as part of the sessions for Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ and it’s long been an part of McGuinn’s repertoire.




Roger McGuinn



‘The Lord Loves a Rolling Stone’ was written by veteran songwriter Spooner Oldham and tells the story of a man drifting around the country. McGuinn’s version includes a beautiful introduction by a childrens’ choir. McGuinn makes one other change from the original that endears it to me: he swaps a lyric that mentions “Mobile, Alabama’ to namedrop my hometown of South Bend, Indiana.



Jolly Roger

Cardiff Rose



Pirates have always been cool, right? After the mid-1700s has there been a better sea shanty than this track?



Dixie Highway




McGuinn is a native of Chicago but proves he can do justice to southern rock with ‘Dixie Highway.’



King of the Hill

Back from Rio



From 1991, the “Back from Rio” album contained a strong environmental message and this #2 hit co-written and co-performed by Tom Petty.


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