The album is the band’s homage to a songwriter who created the soundtrack they feel most completely captures the essence of the sixties.
One of a handful of bands formed in Texas during the mid-sixties, Mouse and the Traps was known for their catalog of original music, including their first early 1966 hit, “A Public Execution.” It was a two-track recording, made when the multi-track recording was in its infancy. With music by Ronny “Mouse” Weiss and lyrics by Knox Henderson, “A Public Execution” immediately received comparisons to Bob Dylan, particularly for the opening guitar/organ riff reminiscent of the beginning of Dylan’s 1965 hit “Like a Rolling Stone.” A strong regional hit, “A Public Execution” eventually reached 121 on the Billboard charts.
Fifty-four years after releasing “A Public Execution,” and three years after Dylan became the first songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize for literature, the dream of an entire Mouse and the Traps album devoted to the music of Bob Dylan came to fruition.
“As a producer and songwriter, when you first start a recording session, you are never sure if you have a hit or not. That’s not the case when you start an album of Dylan songs. You know the material is good,” Brians says.
Weiss agrees. “We felt the responsibility of introducing a new generation to Dylan. Our greatest hope is they will appreciate his music as much as we do.”
Performers on “Walking in Dylan’s Shoes” include lead vocals, guitar, steel, and dobro: Ronnie “Mouse” Weiss; bass, harp: David Stanley; percussion and drums: Ken “Nardo” Murray; guitar, and banjo: Larry Stanley; trombone: Curtis Fox; organ, keyboards: Gary Freeman; backup harmony vocals: Suzanne Brians; piano and backup vocals: Robin Hood Brians