Bob Dylan announced today that on June 19 he will release a new studio album. Is about Rough and Rowdy Ways, plate that will be his first work with unreleased songs since Tempest (2012), that musical decalogue where he remembers John Lennon and the sinking of the Titanic.
The title of the new album nods to the theme “My rough and rowdy ways”, a 1929 classic signed by Jimmie Rodgers, one of the founding fathers of country.
Along with the news, the musician took the opportunity to advance a new blues-scented song entitled “False prophet”, accompanied by an image that raised a tepid debate on social networks about who the man in the silhouette is.
“Another day that does not end, another ship that is leaving”, laments the 78-year-old musician in the first verses of the preview that can be heard below:
“False Prophet” is the third unreleased song that Bob Dylan has presented in the last month and a half.
The song comes on the heels of “Murder Most Foul,” an epic and brilliant nearly 17-minute composition that traces much of 20th-century American history:
And from “I contain multitudes”, which takes its title from a famous verse from the poem “Song of myself” by Walt Whitman, as you can hear below:
Both “Murder most foul” and “I contain multitudes” and the new song “False prophet” will be part of Dylan’s new album.
As can be seen in the pre-order of the album on bobdylan.com, the album will contain a dozen songs, including the three already revealed.
Bob Dylan’s official website says that Rough and Rowdy Ways It will be available as a double disc and as a double vinyl.
His last studio album to date, the 38th of his career, is named Triplicate (2017) and in it he covers classics from the American songbook such as “As time goes by” by Herman Hupfeld and “Stormy weather” by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, which has become a constant in these years.
The announcement of a new album by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature was planned to accompany a tour during the boreal summer through different venues in the United States.
However, the concerts are on hold, and most likely they should finally be canceled due to the rules of confinement and prohibition of mass events to try to stop the advance of the coronavirus.