Discovery: Dolores Diaz & The Standby Club

Dolores Diaz & The Standby Club are something of an oddity. Briefly forming at the beginning of 2016, they played five shows and called it a day. Yet, The Standby Club featured a cast of big names in Americana including members of Cursive, The Good Life and Bright Eyes. That cast includes the one and only Conor Oberst, whose vocals are the featured on their debut track, a cover of Bob Dylan’s You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.

By Graeme Smith

Full disclosure, I’m a huge Bright Eyes fan, so everything I say in this review is coloured by that. I’ve never heard Conor Oberst sing Dylan before but I always thought he should. Dolores, a discovery of his made via his ex-wife after a trip to Mexico City, joins Conor on the harmonies in the chorus and their voices work well together.

The track is a live recording, taken from one of two live shows performed in 2016 and 2018. It’s a joyful performance and the closest I’ve got to a live experience for a long time. If you’re missing live music too and want to enjoy an energetic classic today, check out You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere below. If you like what you hear, you can get a hold of the full live album from this Friday here.