Joe Satriani Has The Perfect Response To Bob Dylan's Critique Of His Music
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
November 22, 2022
The singer-songwriting icon and Nobel Prize winner Dylan mentions Satch by name in a passage in which he praises the simple brilliance of Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart."
"Each phrase goes hand in hand with the voice," Dylan writes. "[But] if Hank was to sing this song and you have somebody like Joe Satriani playing the answer licks to the vocal, like they do in a lock of blues bands, it just wouldn't work and would be a waste of a great song."
Upon perusing the book, Rolling Stone reached out to Satch and a few other artists Dylan mentions in unflattering terms.
Satriani, who has a reputation for being one of the most mild-mannered rock legends to come out of the '80s, replied to Dylan's writing with surprise and light-hearted reverence.
"Bob Dylan knows my name?" he asked upon being informed of the passage in question.
Satch then added: "I think the great Hank Williams and I could have sorted things out and made some great music together."
When Satriani later shared a screenshot from the Rolling Stone article via Instagram, his old Chickenfoot bandmate Sammy Hagar waded into the comments section, joking, "I think maybe Bob doesn't like Joe's lyrics."