Via Uncut, news of a new Dylan album due in April of 2009. Modern Times was released in 2006 and featured some of the strongest tunes of his career (“Workingman’s Blues”, “Ain’t Talkin'”, “Spirit on the Water”) and we learned with Tell Tale Signs that what Dylan throws into the garbage would be gems from just about any other singer-songwriter out there.
So. New Dylan album. Word is Dylan was asked to write original material for a Renee Zellweger (blech)movie, and out came ten songs, et voila, a new album. Says Uncut:
It is also believed that not all the musicians on the new release are from Dylan’s current touring band.
From Dylan fan magazine Isis:
Mike Campbell (of the Heartbreakers) and David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos) are amongst the musicians on the new album. These two guitarists are said to have worked with what has been described as the nucleus of Dylan’s tour band. The Heartbreakers’ keyboard player Benmont Tench is also rumoured to have played on the album.
Update: The new album will be called Together Through Life. Due April 28th. Does anyone get the sense that it won’t be a celebration of sunshine and rainbows?
Bob Dylan, or “Bob Dylan” talks about the new album here.