Nearly 50 years after Bob Dylan and The Band cooked up some home recordings that circulated as bootlegs before being officially released as The Basement Tapes, Dylan has given unused song lyrics to T Bone Burnett for a new project featuring an all-star lineup of musicians including Elvis Costello, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons).
With Burnett leading the way as producer, the album will be called Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes and is set to be released on Electromagnetic Recordings / Harvest Records (Capitol Music Group). Meanwhile, an accompanying documentary film for Showtime TV has been titled Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued. The documentary is being directed by Sam Jones, best known for the 2002 Wilco documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.
The picture above shows the artists on the rooftop of Capitol Records in Los Angeles, where they are recording the album. In a conversation with The Los Angeles Times, Elvis Costello pointed out that “This is the exact opposite of The Basement Tapes: We’re in the best recording studio in the world, and we’re not in a basement.” The LA Times also points out some of the song titles, "Lost On The River," “Florida Key,” “Card Shark” and “Hi-De-Ho.”
The album and documentary are both expected to come out during the fall of 2014.
More information is available at thenewbasementtapes.com