Jakob Dylan stopped by a local Nashville Radio Station WRLT Lightning 100 to talk about his new album “Women and Country” and play a couple songs – luckily one of them happened to be my personal favorite of the new album, “Everybody’s Hurting.” Although Neko Case wasn’t there to provide her amazing vocals the song stands up very well in an intimate acoustic setting. Check out Dylan and friends below.
As part of an ongoing effort to full all of our lives with great music, we are launching the MOR New Tunes playlist series. Our goal is to lay out an eclectic mix of the latest and greatest tunes of the day. Every couple of months we will drop a new playlist with the 15 songs that have been in our heavy rotation.
In this inaugural edition, we have new music from Jakob Dylan, Delta Spirit, Surfer Blood, The Head and the Heart, Blake Mills, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dr. Dog, Josh Ritter, Mimicking Birds, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Icarus Himself, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Black Keys, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. We think it’s a good one, we hope you enjoy!
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Last month, Jakob Dylan released Women and Country, his excellent new collaboration with T-Bone Burnett and Neko Case. He took four of these new songs to Daytrotter, putting down a new session that is now available for free download. These songs work very well as a Daytrotter session, as they don’t try to duplicate the slick production T-Bone Burnett put on the original album, a more homespun take on the material. Three Legs fill in for Neko and Kelly Hogan on these sessions, also changing the dynamic of the recording.
Fans of Jakob, or just fans of folky alt-country music should make sure they download these free MP3s.
When the son of rock royalty puts out a new album, the number of times the father is mentioned in the review is usually a telling sign of whether or not the album is any good. With that being said, the focus of this review stays squarely on Jakob and his top notch collaborators.
Swapping out one superproducer (Rick Rubin) for another (T Bone Burnett) and throwing in alt-country starlets Neko Case and Kelly Hogan gives this album a much more memorable and distinct vibe than it’s predecessor. The music falls squarely in the chill category, with 11 low key tracks that don’t break a sweat. Dylan’s gritty yet tender vocals shine with Burnett’s lush production, resulting in an airy feel that borders on cinematic. Neko and Kelly’s wonderful harmonies add so much to this album, contributing to many of the album’s best moments.
While the album might not make me want to camp out for Jakob Dylan tickets, it does provide a great soundtrack for a nice day. The now 40 year old Jakob Dylan really seems to be coming into his own, as this marks back to back solid albums under his belt.
Highlights: Everybody’s Hurting, Truth for a Truth, Standing Eight Count