Things Have Changed video
Song released 20000215
Recorded probably May 1999
Sterling Sound
New York
Produced by Jack Frost




Photo by Danny Clinch




‘Cowboy hats’ come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colours and designs.

People often wonder where the name ‘ten gallon hat’ comes from. Early Stetson company adverts spoke of the close weave of the hot material making them waterproof enough to use as a bucket. Print adverts reportedly showed a cowboy using his Stetson hat to offer his horse a drink of water. Therefore, people have since assumed that a ‘ten gallon’ hat would hold 10 gallons of water. The reality is that the largest hats from the Stetson Company hold about 3 quarts (3L) rather than the 40L capacity assumed for a 10 gallon hat!

The other theory for the name comes from a mistranslation of the Spanish word "galón", or galloon, which is a type of braiding found on Mexican sombreros. A large sombrero might measure 10 galloons. 

Whatever the origin or style, a well-designed cowboy hat can make a man 'Boss of the Plains'.  



Town Park
Telluride Colorado
Photo by Ken Regan



Masked and Anonymous (2003)

An early prison scene in the movie, wearing a woollen beanie/knitted hat. 



Masked and Anonymous
Cold Irons Bound
Stage 6 Ray-Art Studios
Canoga Park, California




Masked and Anonymous
Sundance Film Festival premier




Wiltern Theatre
Los Angeles
Willie Nelson and Friends: Outlaws and Angels




Baron Hats have designed a custom hat for Bob Dylan. In 2004 the hat was worn for the cover shoot of a Newsweek feature. Called the 'Outlaw Blues', the hat is described on Baron's website.

 'Bob Dylan wanted something special. It had to have the look of the West, the feeling of American Legend, yet also have a subtle taste of the 21st Century. And of course, it had to shout both the spirit of independence and the iconoclastic idiosyncrasy of the great modern “outlaw” himself, what with his boots firmly entrenched in both the grandeur of the past and the wonder of the future. Thus, the “Outlaw Blues” was born, inspired by the custom hat we made for him (and which he wears on the cover of a recent “Newsweek”), and just recently was seen wearing on his CBS "Sixty Minutes" profile. 

As is the original, the “Outlaw Blues” is made of specially dyed “Silver Belly” 100% Fur Felt, with a lanky “moonshiner” styled and shaped crown, and wide brim, which we then sidewindered on both sides in a "West Texas" style fender fold.'


September [?] 2004 

Photo by Brigitte Lacombe



Bartels' Harley Davidson Dealership
Marina del Rey, California

Also used in a Rolling Stone Magazine feature



Gods And Generals video shoot for the song 'Cross The Green Mountain'
Richmond, Virginia

Song recorded late July, 2002
Scream Studios, California




Löfbergs Lila Arena
Karlstad, Sweden




Acura Stage
Fair Grounds
New Orleans Louisiana
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival




Gothenburg, Sweden




In July/August 2007, there was a fictional story, written by Marni Jackson, entitled Bob Dylan Goes Tubing.

The story opens:

 One morning we came back from town to find a strange car parked under the white pines beside our cottage. An old Citroën, the kind where the chassis goes up and down hydraulically. Yellow. Nobody we knew drove a Citroën. Our son Ryan ran down the long switchback of wooden steps that lead to the lake.

“There’s somebody out on the lake,” he yelled, “on the air mattress.”

Paul shaded his eyes. A pale, small, but visibly adult figure, with a Tilley hat tied under his chin was paddling toward our dock.

“I need the binocs,” Paul said, and went and retrieved them from the cottage. He studied the figure for a long moment.

“This is really weird,” he said, “but whoever that is looks exactly like Bob Dylan.” He passed the binoculars to me. And it did look like him a little guy with a pencil moustache, wearing Ryan’s flippers, on our air mattress.

“See? Only older.”

“Well, he is older.”


Although Bob Dylan has worn similar hats, has he ever been documented as wearing a Tilley hat in real life? 

The Tilley website describes their hats as possibly being the 'World's best hat', specially constructed. They tie on, they are waterproof, they provide certified  UV protection, they float, they contain a secret pocket and are insured against loss.

Sounds like a hat a true connoisseur would be interested in.  


20090407/08 [?]

Parc Monceau
Photographs for Rolling Stone Magazine by Sam Jones

The above photograph was used for the New York Magazine's review of Christmas In The Heart, November 29, 2009.



Rothbury Music Festival

The Odeum Stage
Double JJ Ranch
Rothbury, Michigan

Photograph by Taylor Hill




The Stetson. A symbol of white authority, or representative of freedom to African Americans?

It is interesting to consider the symbolism and history of the Stetson hat in relation to blues and soul music. 

Originally a symbol of power for white authority in America, they were worn by lawmen and southern land owners. However, in his autobiography Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong talked about how Stetsons were coveted by black singers.

They became a dual symbol of power and freedom. Many blues and soul singers have worn Stetsons. Otis Rush, Solomon Burke, and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown to name a few. 

Bob Dylan sang 'Stack A Lee' on his World Gone Wrong album. it is an old blues song with a murder over the loss of a John B. Stetson Hat.  The symbolism of the Stetson and the interesting background to 'Stagger Lee' were discussed by James P. Hauser who said:

'Bob Dylan's extraordinary version of the song, based on an obscure 1927 recording by Frank Hutchison titled "Stackalee", echoes that sentiment as, in a wailing voice, he repeatedly lays the blame for all the trouble on "that John B. Stetson hat".  But his recording specifically identifies the hatmaker's full name, as if to say that there is more to the story, that the cause was something more than just the hat itself.  What Dylan might be saying is that the trouble was all about the same thing that the Stetson hat is all about.' 



'Must Be Santa' video shoot
Los Angeles, California


In the most almighty Christmas groove. 

All the royalties from this single and the Christmas in the Heart album went to Feeding America and international charities such as Crisis in the UK. 

The video can be seen here


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