May 25th, 2009
02:49 PM ET
4 years ago

DNC chair jams on harmonica, covers Bob Dylan

Tim Kaine, right, performed at a fundraiser along with Boyd Tinsely of the Dave Matthews Band.
Tim Kaine, right, performed at a fundraiser along with Boyd Tinsely of the Dave Matthews Band.

(CNN) – Tim Kaine is a multi-tasker. He's currently holding down two jobs, governing the state of Virginia while also serving as President Obama's partisan-in-chief at the Democratic National Committee.

And he plays a mean harmonica.

Clad in khaki pants and a blue plaid shirt, and occasionally tapping his feet, Kaine showed off his musical talents last Friday night in Richmond at a fundraiser for his political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward.

Joined on a stage by Boyd Tinsley, the violinist for the Dave Matthews Band, Kaine performed a few songs on his harmonica, including Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright." He even serenaded the audience of Democrats, offering supporting vocals on a cover version of the bluegrass track "Will the Circle be Unbroken."

A savvy politician, Kaine was sure to lower expectations before his performance.

"Be gentle with me," he told the crowd. "Boyd gave me a big plug about being a great musician. Not so great. But hey, you've already paid, so you're not getting your money back."

Kaine is an old hand when it comes to jamming with a bluegrass groups. During his 2005 campaign and in his time in office, the governor has often hopped on stages at cultural festivals and political events to show off his harmonica skills.

Still, no bluegrass anthem has been recorded in Kaine's honor, as was the case with "The Ballad of Mark Warner," a tune by the Bluegrass Brothers that served as the unofficial soundtrack of Warner's 2001 gubernatorial bid.


Filed under: DNC • Tim Kaine
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    At least we know where VA's part time Gov. is and that not foing the work for Virginia.

    May 25, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. dreamer

    Something them rich repub's will never know.Rock N' Roll and the blues.
    Becouse you have to play them songs with heart.To know what it is to struggle and keeping you head up in tuff times.all repulicans(the true Rush and Cheney ones)know is greed and curruption.That has ruined our country.Time to touch base who the american people are and where they came from and stop running attack after attack on what others believe in.

    May 25, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. infowarscom

    banks are taking our money, loosing jobs, no rights, we still at war, our soldiers and children dying and all is good Obama is doing so fantastic.

    May 25, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. The Unshrub

    What is Steele going to l earn to play so he can maintain the self-acclaimed "cool" title? Maybe he will try to bring back the accordion.

    May 25, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Amazed

    Inforwars were you on planet earth for the George W. Bush years buddy?

    May 25, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Karen - Missouri

    It's so nice to see a "real person" in the politician. Unlike the Republicans who are only whiners and don't get anything done except block this country from moving forward.

    May 25, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Susan

    Let's see....how can the Republicans instill fear out of this?!?

    May 25, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. ron

    infowarscom I agree this guy has been in office for almost 4 months and he doesn't have everything that the bush admin took 8 yrs to screw up fixed yet. All he wants to do is make friends and reestablish americas place in the world, WHAT!! That's it, I'm voting no to everything except bombing N. korea and Iran. Cmon republicans stand with me lets go kill a bunch of people that's what makes our GOD happy. We need to have people afraid of that how you lead by example. Oh I forgot, I vote yes to more tax breaks to the oil companies.

    May 25, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. T.O

    Partisan in chief? I thought CNN was fair and balanced...oh i forgot...thats Fuax News. Why have we resulted to all these cheap shot attacks? Is the recession affecting the Writers at CNN.

    Few days ago, it was Obama appointing the first African American to NASA (with such a racial overtone)...i am glad most of ur readers pointed it out in the comments.

    I doubt this will ever be published because theres no free speech on CNN...but we will keep our fingers crossed

    May 25, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. walk on by

    @.O May 25th, 2009 4:24 pm ET
    Partisan in chief? I thought CNN was fair and balanced…oh i forgot…thats Fuax News. Why have we resulted to all these cheap shot attacks? Is the recession affecting the Writers at CNN.
    Fox News Namely Sean is A Racist Thumb sucking Jerk and so are YOU!!! Now shut your Puss!!!!

    May 25, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. alvino

    The number one musical instrument the Repubs play is the waterboard.

    May 25, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    You Rock!

    May 25, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Jim in Florida

    Kaine plays the harmonica while Obama fiddles like Nero.

    Appropriate.

    May 25, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |