It’s a special relationship that exists in the old port town of Duluth in the core of it’s music and the hearts of it’s musicians. Bob Dylan’s music and his stories through the voices, eyes and their interpretations.
“Tucked into a hillside on the tip of Lake Superior, this rugged and industrial port city harbors a restless, eclectic and creative music scene.” “It’s a vibe that’s as palpable as it is difficult to define.” ~ Brad Nelson, Ripsaw News
Every five years since 2001, musicians in and around the burgeoning cultural scene of Duluth, Minnesota, have released a compilation album of cover songs by their city’s most famous son: Bob Dylan, who was born Robert Zimmerman in Duluth’s St. Luke’s Hospital in 1941, and lived in the town for his first six years before moving an hour north to Hibbing, Minnesota.
We’ve enrolled the musicians ~ 15 bands and over 50 talented combined artists and musicians from around Duluth, Minnesota ~ and have begun recording what will become the 4th CD in the series. Recording is happening now at Sacred Heart Recording Studio and will be released in May of 2016 to commemorate the 75th birthday of Bob Dylan ~ including plans for special CD release shows.
Like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fictional Jay Gatsby, Dylan has a famously conflicted relationship with “the north country” ~ changing his name and creating alternate biographies to mask his origins, and rarely discussing his personal history. Yet Dylan has referenced the area ~ often elliptically, of course, and subject to interpretation ~ in songs including Highway 61 Revisited (the Highway abuts Duluth), Desolation Row, Walls of Red Wing, Girl from the North Country, North Country Blues, and most directly Something There Is About You, among other songs. Residents of the area also enjoy recognizing features of his famously unique accent as characteristically Minnesotan.This fractured relationship, however, only creates a more interesting dynamic between Duluth musicians and Dylan. Like previous “Duluth Does Dylan” albums, this album is not offered as a simple homage or touristy trinket. Instead, “Bringing It All Back Home to Duluth Does Dylan” presents a complex response by musicians who cannot help but have something to say about the work of their city’s most famous son, and occasionally to rework one of his songs.DDD
Meet the team
Creator and general knowledge-keeper of all things “Duluth Does Dylan” since it’s onset. Tim is...
We brought Brad Nelson to the project as our Director Of Information & Propaganda and all...
Photographer/Owner at WmHurst Photography of Duluth, Minnesota. Bill has recently joined the project team...
Long time friend, mentor, producer, musician, songwriter and partner at Spinout Records, living in...
“The bands of Duluth, MN, have a slightly more legitimate claim than most to cover the songs of Bob Dylan – the legend was born in the sleepy Northern town. Of course, in a city as small as Duluth (population 85,000) just about every band around will be needed to fill up a compilation like this, and apparently that’s just what comprises Duluth Does Dylan.”JOSH MODELL • AllMusic
“The artist who would be Bob Dylan was born here, raised up the road in Hibbing, and haunted Duluth’s collegiate scene before hitting the road to New York, a new persona and a career. Four decades later, fifteen Duluth bands have given the native son a tribute.”NO DEPRESSION
“Duluth rumor holds that Bob Dylan himself bought out all the old T-shirts of the first Duluth Does Dylan compilation, still available on Spinout. The north country label’s second compilation of locals covering Dylan is just as great.”PETER SCHOLTES • CITY PAGES
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INCLUDING SONGS FROM:
Dave Simonett, Rich Mattson & The Northstars, Mary Bue, Superior Siren, Feeding Leroy, Tin Can Gin, Murder Of Crows, Wood Blind, The Boomchucks, Devils Flying Machine, Social Disaster, The Dedric Clark & The Social Experiment, Actual Wolf, Timothy Martin & The New Norm