Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and Others Completing Unfinished Bob Dylan Songs for New Album
-- A number of Bob Dylan tunes from the 1960s that the singer/songwriter never finished are being completed by Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and others for a new album, the Los Angeles Times reports. Some two dozen Dylan tunes will be featured on Lost on the River, The New Basement Tapes.
The original material comes from Dylan’s so-called “basement tapes” period in the 1960s when he was recording music with The Band in a house in upstate New York.
Project producer T Bone Burnett tells the Times, “These are not B-level Dylan lyrics. They’re lyrics he just never got around to finishing.”
The collaboration features the artists backing each other on songs and often coming up with multiple musical interpretations of the same tunes.
Dawes guitarist and songwriter Taylor Goldsmith and singer Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops are also involved in the project.
Dylan is not involved, but has reportedly given his blessing.
The album is expected out this fall. The project is also being filmed for a Showtime special titled Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued that is also expected this fall.
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