Baltimore musician Brian Simms, foreground, with band Junkyard Saints.

Baltimore musician Brian Simms, foreground, with band Junkyard Saints. (Steven Parke / May 15, 2012)

It's a daunting feat to try and cover Bob Dylan, but when Creative Alliance rocks their fourth Night of 1000 Dylans on Friday, Brian Simms will be handling the keyboard and accordion responsibilities.

"I began picking out songs from the radio on a Schroeder piano at age 5," Simms said. "My parents [later] thought it a sound investment to purchase a life-size one." Glenelg native and Catonsville resident Simms has recorded and toured with hometown heroes Disappear Fear in the '90s and currently plays in eight bands, including Junkyard Saints. In between rehearsals for the Dylan show (7:30 p.m.; Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave.; $16), Simms, 43, let b in on his favorite Dylan song and affinity for duct-tape wallets.

Worst pet peeve?
LOL.

What song are you hating and/or loving right now?
"The Star-Spangled Banner." It's a love/hate thing. A bit wordy and "rah-rah," but very danceable.

Your worst habit?
I have an unhealthy affection for Cap'n Crunch.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan?
Political gridlock in Washington.

Favorite Bob Dylan song?
"Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat."

If you had to pick one, piano or accordion?
Piano. Although accordion=chick magnet.

Favorite/least favorite band?
Favorites: Kimbra, Slavic Soul Party. Least favorite: Sleigh Bells, the musical equivalent of a botched home perm.

Last movie you liked/disliked?
Like: "Big Night." Dislike: "Jack and Jill." And why not?

Last video that made you snort with laughter?
Demetri Martin, "These Are Jokes." ("Probably the worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades.")

Favorite book you recently read?
John Lennon's Skywriting by Word of Mouth."

Last great meal you had?
Fried catfish and key lime pie at Flying Fish in Little Rock, Ark.

Food you hate?
Burger King fries. Back to the drawing board.

Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore?
The hose in the backyard of my neighbor's house. Barring that, Bertha's.

Favorite and most loathed fashion statements?
Favorite: Duct-tape wallets; Loathed: Forever Lazy.

Favorite thing about Baltimore?
The Orioles are doing an admirable job at not sucking this season.

AS TOLD TO VIVIENNE MACHI