With his first batch of original material since 2009’s Together Through Life (sorry, his Christmas album from the same year doesn’t count), Bob Dylan’s upcoming record Tempest is setting itself to be much like his albums of yesteryear, chock full of tales, tributes and everything else in between.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the bard said the end result of the album isn’t what he had envisioned when he started work on it.
“I wanted to make something more religious,” he said to the magazine. “I just didn’t have enough [religious songs]. Intentionally, specifically religious songs is what I wanted to do. That takes a lot more concentration to pull that off 10 times with the same thread – than it does with a record like I ended up with.”
Tempest was recorded in Jackson Browne’s Los Angeles studio with Dylan’s touring band – bassist Tony Garnier, drummer George G. Receli, steel guitarist Donnie Herron, and guitarists Charlie Sexton and Stu Kimball – as well as David Hidalgo on guitar, violin and accordion. It was produced by Dylan under the moniker Jack Frost.
The album is slated to released on September 11 via Columbia Records.