A plug for later this fall: Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes is going to be released later this year. This is a project in which some Dylan lyrics from 1967 are going to be set to music by:
Elvis Costello (of The Attractions)
Marcus Mumford (of And Sons)
Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops)
Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes)
and Jim James (My Morning Jacket)
It probably says something about me that the name on that list that most thrills me is Giddens, as CCD is one of my favourite bands to have emerged in the past ten years.
All of this is being put together by producer T Bone Burnett, which gives it an ultra-high pedigree. Plus there will be a documentary about the whole thing on Showtime by Sam Jones, who did the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.
Pedigree upon pedigree. Sign me up!
Here’s Giddens playing banjo with CCD: