Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, Jim James, Taylor Goldsmith, and Rhiannon Giddens Recording Lost Bob Dylan Lyrics (Newport Folk Festival Appearance?)
Left to right: Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens, Elvis Costello, Jim James, Taylor Goldsmith.
In case you haven’t heard, two dozen Bob Dylan unfinished song lyrics (circa 1967) are being completed by five artists - Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops). Each has contributed his or her own music for many of the lyrics, offering a unique perspective on the words.
The album will be released later this year, and be accompanied by a documentary film titled Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued.
If you’re like me, you may be wondering if these five artists will perform these songs live. I have no doubt the will, and I’m willing to bet that we’ll see them at this year’s Newport Folk Festival. When you first see the names involved, it may seem long shot, but when you really take a deeper look, you realize it’s a good possibility. Let’s take a look at four reasons why they’ll play Newport.
1. They’re all available. Taylor Goldsmith will already be at the festival performing with Dawes. Elvis Costello has nothing booked between July 17th-September 5th. The Carolina Chocolate Drops have a date in Virginia (Floydfest) 7/27, but they’re available both 7/28 and 7/29, and could easily make the 11 hour drive to Newport. Jim James’ schedule is currently wide open, and there’s no way he’s sitting this year out, especially with this project. Mumford and Sons are currently taking some time off, which frees up Marcus as well.
2. 4/5 have played Newport and loved it. The only person associated with this project that has not made an appearance at Newport is Marcus Mumford, and that’s only because of Mumford and Sons’ tour schedule and cost. However, Marcus on his own would be affordable. Jim James and Taylor Goldsmith are Newport regulars and have played the festival multiple times recently.
3. Bob Dylan - At the end of this day, this is a project using Bob Dylan lyrics, and Bob has quite the history with Newport. He played the festival in ‘63, ‘64, and again in ‘65 when he famously plugged in and went electric. I can’t think of a better place to debut this music than Newport.
4. Jim James - Jim James has appeared at the Newport Folk Festival in several forms in recent years (My Morning Jacket, New Multitudes, solo). He has a solid relationship with folk festival producer, Jay Sweet, and I can totally see Jim calling up Jay, telling him about this Bob Dylan project, and the two of them putting the wheels in motion to try and make this happen. Getting these five artists together to play Newport wouldn’t be a tough sell for Newport. Jim James will sell it for them.
Personally, I think this is going to happen. There’s obviously a good chance it won’t, but it’s certainly fun to think about.
On a side note, Bob Dylan wraps up his tour July 17th and appears to be free after that, so maybe he’ll end up making an appearance at Fort Adams. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Below is some additional press info regarding the New Basement Tapes.
LOST ON THE RIVER: THE NEW BASEMENT TAPES SET FOR AUTUMN 2014 RELEASE
ELVIS COSTELLO, RHIANNON GIDDENS, TAYLOR GOLDSMITH, JIM JAMES & MARCUS MUMFORD GATHER IN CAPITOL STUDIOS WITH PRODUCER & PROJECT CREATOR T BONE BURNETT TO WRITE MUSIC FOR LONG-LOST BOB DYLAN LYRICS FROM 1967 AND RECORD COMPLETED SONGS FOR NEW ALBUM
Recording is nearly complete for Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album project from Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett, who are in Capitol Studios together to create music for two-dozen recently discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes.
"Why is Form beautiful? Because, I think, it helps us confront our worst fear: the suspicion that life may be chaos and that therefore our suffering is without meaning."—Robert Adams
Robert Adams, who is widely recognized and who has published more than forty monographs, is one our great, American photographers. His vision of the American West has forever shaped how artists (and indeed many of us) look at these vast spaces. His contemplative, quiet images from the past fifty years have become a new Americana. We can keep returning to his work and still find ourselves asking questions and seeking answers.
Currently on view in Paris at the historic, Jeu de Paume, Adams’ classic series, “The Place We Live”, will be exhibited until 18 May. (PBS has also released a new video interviewing Adams.) Seeing his handmade prints, with their gracious attention to light and form, is an opportunity not to be missed, and perhaps, a chance to come in from the chaos.—Lane Nevares
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