Chrissie Hynde to release Bob Dylan Covers album
Just four weeks after the lockdown in 2020, James Walbourne was eager to do something about it, so he texted his bandmate Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde, a file, a music project idea he had recorded on his phone, and asked him to add his voice. The file was a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Murder Most Foul”, and was the first in a series shared between the two, leading to the release of Hynde. Standing in the doorway: Chrissie Hynde sings Bob Dylan, May 21.
“Listening to this song completely changed everything for me,” Hynde says of the song, a song about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which Dylan wrote for his 39th album. Raw and turbulent ways in 2020. “I was taken out of this gloomy mood I was in. I remember where I was sitting the day Kennedy was shot, every reference in the song… I called James and said, ‘Let’s do a few covers of Dylan,’ and that’s what started it all. . “
Standing in the doorway, presents nine captivating renditions of Dylan songs including “Every Grain of Sand”, “Sweetheart Like You”, “Love Minus Zero / No Limit” and “Tomorrow is a Long Time”.
Recorded in 2020, with Walbourne sending track demos to Hynde, who would then add his vocals, the album was then mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer, engineer and mixer Chad Blake (Fiona Apple, The Black Keys) and has first started, one song at a time, on YouTube as “Dylan Lockdown Series”.
A closer look at the making of Standing in the doorway will be presented in Tomorrow is long, a documentary by Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, which will premiere to celebrate Dylan’s 80th birthdaye anniversary on UK channel Sky Arts on May 24.
“No matter what Bob does, he always manages to make you laugh somewhere in there, because, more than anything, he’s a comedian,” Hynde says of his adoration for Dylan. “He’s always funny and always has something to say.”