Svante Heinrich Karlsson, born January 31, 1969 in Halmstad, is a Swedish rock singer, lyricist, songwriter, musician and producer. He is lyrically influenced by Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and well-known for long literary songs. Svante is also influenced by Swedish artists like Ulf Lundell and Dan Hylander.
In 1999 he debuted with the album Svante Karlsson American Songs. On this record he included two versions of Bob Dylan's "Caribbean Wind" and "If You See Her, Say Hello" that attracted the attention of Dylan fans all over the world. The album was a tribute to American folk and rockmusik and also featured songs by Woody Guthrie, Kinky Friedman, Jerry Garcia and Doc Pomus. For his version of Kinky Friedman's "Ride 'em Jewboy" became Karlsson personally appointed "Honorary Jewboy" by Kinky Friedman at a live concert in Gothenburg in 1999.
In conjunction with American songs he formed the first edition of Svante Karlsson Band, with Magnus Helgesson on drums, Fredrik Gicken Johansson on bass and Winnie Bondesson on electric guitar. in 2002 the band expanded with Lars-Ake Snuff Smith on keyboards and Mats MP Persson on guitar.
Another solo album, with the name Autograph was released in 2003, and produced by Magnus Helgesson. Notable were the many musician and artist collaborations that characterized the recording. The English guitar legend Albert Lee (Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Emmylou Harris and others) played at Country Joe and the Fish's "I Feel Like I'm Fixin 'to Die Rag" and on Dylan's "Love Minus Zero / No Limit ".
Svante has performed the complete Live at Budokan with the band No Limits in Stockholm a few times. The 1978 show. There are clips on Youtube.
Another main Bob-Dylan-event in his career was the “"Saved - The Born Again Music of Bob Dylan - 1979-1981" project that started in 2014 and still runs at the time of writing (june 2016). No album is released yet but on Youtube you may find quite a lot of songs and even a complete show.
For more detailed information please visit his wiki or read two interesting articles, here and here.
Saved - The Born Again Music of Bob Dylan - 1979-1981
2. Saved 2:36 - 8:00
3. Precious Angel 8:00 - 15:47
4. Solid Rock 15:47 - 20:34
5. In the Summertime 20:34 - 24:55
6. Man Gave Names to All the Animals 24:55 - 31:03
7. What Can I Do For You? 31:03 - 37:37
8. Gotta Serve Somebody 37:37 - 45:19
9. Every Grain of Sand 45:19 - 51:22
10. You Changed My Life 51:22 - 57:37
11. Saving Grace 57:37 - 1:05:00
12. Shot Of Love 1:05:00 - 1:10:00
13. Covenant Woman 1:10:00 - 1:18:22
14. Blowin' in the Wind 1:18:22 -
Peter Bengtsson; electric guitar
Gicken Johansson; bass
Mattias Thisen Hjelm; organ & piano
Carl Persson; drums
Veronica Johannisson; vocals
Emma Persson; vocals
Eva Larsson; vocals.
Recorded live 1 november 2014 at Immanuelskyrkan in Halmstad, Sweden by Eva-Lena Persson for Carland Productions.