Buried Treasure: Bob Dylan And Dave Van Ronk Go Riding In A Car


According to my folk-singing mother, my favorite record in nursery school was a collection of children’s songs by Woody Guthrie, which I would demand to hear over and over. As a teenager I graduated to Dave Van Ronk’s No Dirty Names, and a handful of classic records by Bob Dylan (who sounded nothing like the wheezy, weird-singing guy I knew from “We Are The World,” my only previous reference point.)

What a delight to hear all those childhood influences combined in this YouTube video, which the Dylan fansite Expecting Rain dug up today. Dylan and one of his early mentors, Dave Van Ronk, “duet” on Guthrie’s kids song “Riding In My Car” during a 1961 performance at The Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village.

That is, Dylan takes the lead vocal, and Van Ronk helps out with the engine noises. Enjoy.




  1. I saw Dave twice, at Anderson Fair in Houston’s Montrose. He was a big bear of a man, drinking coffee (and something else) while waiting to go on stage. I did not find him gruff, as expected, but rather friendly, although maybe a bit impatient. Seems so long ago now.

  2. Fun to hear this. And good to hear you’ve moved on re: Dylan from “We Are the World!” Yeah, he’s got a couple of decent records beyond that.

  3. i can remember earing this years ago – it’s on a compilation of bizarre dylan rarities. Gawd knows what ti was called; this is back in the days when bootlegs came on vinyl with white labels!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Popular Posts

Watch “The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash” from YouTube Originals

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash is a YouTube Originals documentary that presents newly discovered Cash archival materials and interviews featuring the...