Bob Dylan to Release Latest Volume in Bootleg Series

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The latest in a long series of Bob Dylan bootleg collections was just announced by Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings. Bob Dylan fans can look forward to The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 on November 6. Available in two versions – a 2-CD/3-LP “best-of” option or a deluxe 6-CD edition – the sets draw from […]

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A Q&A with Sam Jones, director of Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued


  In 2014, T Bone Burnett brought musicians Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith together to record a series of newly discovered Bob Dylan lyrics written just before the recording of his revered album with The Band, The Basement Tapes. These sessions were documented by acclaimed […]

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Measure for Measure: The Alchemy of Bob Dylan


This article appears in our September/October 2015 issue, available on newsstands September 8. Folk, rock, blues, country, rockabilly, the Great American Songbook – Bob Dylan has put his personal stamp on just about every American musical form, which is why Americana, the most eclectic genre of all, might be the only tent big enough to […]

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Dylan Bids Letterman Adieu With Farewell Performance


Making his first appearance on the show in over 20 years, Bob Dylan performed as the closing musical act on last night’s episode of The Late Show with David Letterman. The songwriter, who Letterman introduced as “the greatest songwriter of modern times,” performed an aptly titled track called “The Night We Called It A Day” […]

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Lyric Of The Week: Bob Dylan, “Ballad In Plain D”


Of the thousand or so songs that Bob Dylan has written in his career, only a precious few are what you could call autobiographical, in the sense that they detail actual events in his life without any obfuscating filters inserted by the songwriter. There’s “Day Of The Locusts”, which recounted Bob’s uncomfortable afternoon receiving an […]

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Read Bob Dylan’s Full MusiCares Person of the Year Speech


MusiCares – a charity organization that aids musicians in need – honored Bob Dylan with the Person of the Year award during  Grammy Awards weekend. After performances by Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Jack White, Beck, Jackson Browne and others, Dylan himself stepped up to the podium and delivered an insightful, thankful and poignant speech […]

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The Top 20 Townes Van Zandt Songs


This List appears in our May/June 2013 issue. Subscribe here. Townes Van Zandt recorded just nine studio albums from his debut album in 1968 until his death in 1997, but those albums are so jam-packed with impeccable songs that it makes choosing just 20 of them a nearly impossible task. Nonetheless, it’s the perfect way […]

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A People’s History of American Songwriter: Davis Inman


Davis Inman: Gear  and Business editor (2008-2011); Contributing editor (2012-2013) A great memory from my years at American Songwriter involved writing a feature story on rock music in Nashville in the 1960s and ’70s. I think the idea for the story came from senior editor Michael Kosser and his close relationship with Nashville songwriter Curly Putman, […]

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30 Songs for 30 Years


In honor of our 30th anniversary, we revisited thirty essential tracks from the last thirty years. From Bruce Springsteen to Hurray for the Riff Raff, some of the greatest songs by the most influential of the last three decades are represented here. Join us in taking a look back at musical history. 1984: “Born In The […]

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Lyric Of The Week: Pete Seeger, “We Shall Overcome”


It is one of the most well-known and stirring folk songs in the history of America, perhaps rivaled only by “This Land Is Your Land” in terms of significance and impact. As is the case with so many folk songs, however, it’s hard to pin down just where “We Shall Overcome” originated. An early twentieth-century […]

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American Songwriter’s Christmas Playlist


A great American songwriter once wrote, “Jingle bells/ Batman smells/ Robin laid an egg.” We may never know the author of that timeless composition, but here’s 20 more great holiday songs whose origins are not in doubt. Season’s greetings, y’all. 1. Paul Simon – “Getting Ready For Christmas Day” 2. Hayes Carll – “Grateful for […]

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Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes – Various Artists


Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes Various Artists (Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records) Rating: 4 out of 5 stars On Nov. 4, Bob Dylan released The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Volume 11, a six-disc, 138-track box set that marks the first time every recording from his 1967 Basement Tapes sessions will be compiled in […]

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