The Guardian recently reported that singer/songwriter legend Bob Dylan, 70, is currently recording his 35th studio album in Los Angeles, and that the record could hit store shelves as early as late 2012.
Never at a loss for creativity, and always eager to explore new directions, Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer Dylan is rumored to be collaborating with David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on the new record, which is likely to have a distinct Latin-American influence.
Long-time fans of Bob Dylan can trace his path along a long and winding road, from his early days as a folk troubadour and reluctant countercultural icon, through his “electric period”, through his stint with born-again Christianity, to his work with supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, and on and on. At every turn in the road, he’s gained new fans and alienated others, the whole time adding to his mystique as an artist.
What is perhaps most interesting about Bob Dylan is that despite ups and downs in popularity over his career (which now spans over 50 years), he is one of the few musical artists that has never been viewed as a “has-been.” He’s kept a solid fan base over the years, thanks in part to the diversity of his output—and yet, one thing that has remained constant is his masterful songwriting. Above all else, his ability to craft an interesting song is what keeps the fans buying his records.
And it seems like the growlier and gravelly-er his voice becomes, the more we like him. Dylan could barely squeak out the vocals during his performance at the 2011 Grammys, but he brought the house down just the same. It will be interesting, at the very least, to hear what the new record sounds like.
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