November is going to be a very notable month for Bob Dylan and his legions of loyal fans. The icon in music, who has defined himself across genres from folk to rock to faith, to and fro and back again, has much to celebrate in November.
The seemingly ever-longed for collection of his full Basement Tapes will be released November 4. If those 138 songs still leave any fan longing, just one week later, on November 11, the collaborative collection of his songs featuring other artists, including Marcus Mumford, among others, titled “Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes,” drops. Dylan devotees will have the best of all worlds, with the songwriter's own collection, and the collaborative effort featuring his lyrics, never before set to music. With T Bone Burnett at the helm, the best of creative spirits was bound to come forth. “There is a deep well of generosity and support in the room at all times,” Burnett described. “And that reflects the tremendous generosity shown by Bob in sharing these lyrics with us.”
Dylan is not only being quite generous with his vast catalogue, but also with his presence. Known for his periods of reclusiveness, he is performing three shows at Philadelphia's Academy of Music from November 21-23. Those are part of a really rigorous 31-date tour for the 73--year-old icon, including multiple dates in larger cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York. Being at the Broad Street venue will be like reliving history for the man himself, since he has not been there since early 1966. He did join in a headlining show with Wilco and My Morning Jacket in July, 2013, at Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center.
The so-called “twilight years” are turning into anything but that for Bob, as the folk music Renaissance continues to reel in new listeners, and reinvigorate itself in youthful souls, much like 50 years ago. The City of Brotherly Love is a fitting musical residence for the one who most ignited his generation’s soulful call to changing times.