NPR debuts new Bob Dylan Sinatra cover album

Bob-Dylan-Shadows-in-the-NightToday, NPR debuted a single from Bob Dylan’s newest album “Shadows in the Night,” a collection of new interpretations of songs made famous by the great crooner Frank Sinatra.

Here it is, “Stay With Me,” for your listening consideration.

When it was announced that this would be Dylan’s next project, I responded with a notable amount of skepticism. As someone who’s written and spoken a great deal about the Bob Dylan story in his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, however, I know enough not to guess what he’s up to or how it might turn out. My initial reaction to this first song is that this album might be — MIGHT BE — better than I thought it would be, and potentially much better. As in, beyond listenable.

Dylan fans are divided on the question of the “status of Bob’s voice” these days. I am safely in the “his voice is just not as good as it was” camp. But this song suggests he’s finding surprising ways to stay musically relevant despite his weary instrument.

“Shadows in the Night” is due out Feb. 3, 2015.


  1. Aaron…why no mention of Dylan’s view on jobs, the economy, industry??

    by DANIEL NUSSBAUM 22 Jan 2015

    In a wide-ranging interview with AARP Magazine, Bob Dylan offered his thoughts on the state of industry in America.

    In the interview, Dylan’s first in nearly three years, the legendary musician said that in spite of those who say happiness in this life does not exist, “self-sufficiency creates happiness,” and that billionaires should contribute to the American economy by creating jobs for American workers.

    “The government’s not going to create jobs”, Dylan told the magazine. “People have to create jobs, and these big billionaires are the ones who can do it.”

    “Now, I’m not saying they have to – I’m not talking about communism,” Dylan was quick to clarify. “But what do they do with their money? Do they use it in virtuous ways?”

    Dylan added that people with resources could help those struggling with work, but ultimately, it is up to American titans of industry to decide how they want to spend their money.

    These multibillionaires can create industries right here in America. But no one can tell them what to do. God’s got to lead them.”

    Could it be Bob’s anti-liberal, conservative ideology be the reason why Dylan Days went on a “indefinite hiatus”? And why ole Bob never made it to his own “Days”?

    Oct. 22nd, 2014
    “We, the organizing committee of Dylan Days, the annual arts and music event in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, voted to disband on Oct. 22, 2014. The event, as such, will be going on indefinite hiatus.

    For the last several years, three people have been primarily responsible for the organization of Dylan Days…Linda Stroback Hocking, Joe Keyes and Aaron Brown. Personal factors make it impossible for the current committee to continue”.

  2. If this comment is a joke, it’s not funny. If it’s an actual accusation it’s an idiotic insult. Please stop flooding my site with angry bile. Life is not all about political arguments. I’m not going to argue with you. That’s merely a request.

  3. Mark mcGrath says

    Bob Dylan singing Sinatra. The NPR review wasa joke. He dounds like Elmer Fudd.

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