Bob Dylan covers aren't exactly hard to come by.
Still, Texas folk singer Sarah Jarosz's slow, soulful renditions of "Simple Twist of Fate" and "Ring Them Bells" held their own during a Savannah Music Festival concert with David Grisman Folk-Jazz Trio on April 5.
And with a cellist and fiddler in her company, Jarosz's cover of Joanna Newsom's "The Book of Right-On" was a pleasant, upbeat take on the original.
The returning Savannah Music Festival musician's own songs, too, were soothing and warmly received.
Jarosz, who alternated between guitar, banjo and mandolin, is 21, and the musicians accompanying her are about the same age. It was a stark contrast to the audience, most of whom were middle-aged or older.
The evening's main act, music festival three-timers David Grisman Folk-Jazz Trio, sewed together age, generations and musical prowess, as well.
Mandolinist and former Jerry Garcia collaborator David Grisman joined his son, upright bassist Sam Grisman, and veteran flatpicking guitarist and vocalist Jim Hurst to mesh instrumental pieces, old ballads, toe-tapping folk and originals.
Grisman got traditional with Doc Watson's take on "Windy and Warm," nostalgic with an instrumental version of "The Handsome Cabin Boy," made popular when he recorded it with Garcia, and old school with two Civil War songs - "Lorena" and "Beautiful Dreamer" - which he assured the crowd were popular in both the North and South.
The highlight of the evening at Trustees Theater - if the audience's whoops and rhythmic clapping were any indications - came when Grisman invited Jarosz's band and mandolinist Mike Marshall on stage during the encore for a two-song jam session that ended in a cheerful performance of "Shady Grove."