Scarlet Rivera may well be the most famous post-Band musician to play behind Bob Dylan. Two reasons: a violin that stands out more than, say, even the most stylistic bass or drum set, and one hell of a story. In February 1976, People magazine previewed Dylan’s latest record, Desire, with the following hyperbolic headline: “Bob Dylan Spotted Scarlet Rivera on the Street, The Rest Is Rock History.” Certainly, few backing musicians have ever made so strong or immediate an impression.
Here is a five part interview with Scarlet Rivera from YouTube:
Bob Dylan – Scarlet Rivera Part 1
Bob Dylan – Scarlet Rivera Part 2
Bob Dylan – Scarlet Rivera Part 3
Bob Dylan – Scarlet Rivera Part 4
Bob Dylan – Scarlet Rivera Part 5
Photographs: Scarlet Rivera and Bob Dylan, War Memorial Auditorium Plymouth, Massachusetts, 31 October 1975