Bob Dylan is such a hit or miss guy with a lot of today’s listeners. I’m personally a rare on the fence listener to his music, but I appreciate his artistry and impact on the music industry at the very least. For those in the same boat as me, or more importantly for the Bob Dylan fans, The New Basement Tapes are a hidden treasure. They’re a concept band formed in 2014 that consists of esteemed musicians Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops. The band members swap instrumental and vocal roles for the different songs (Marcus Mumford sings this one), giving them a broad range of styles and sounds that they bring to the table.
So what does this all have to do with Bob Dylan? As it turns out, every song from the New Basement Tapes came from a set of recently uncovered handwritten lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote in 1967 when he was recording tracks for his album “The Basement Tapes.” The group’s recording sessions were filmed for a Showtime documentary which also included exclusive interviews with Bob Dylan himself. There’s just too much history and star power in this song for it not to be appreciated for all that it’s worth.