Bob Dylan will apparently be touring North America this April, with the Dawes as the support act on at least some of the dates.
The only confirmed concert so far is on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in California, Pennsylvania, at the Convocation Center at California University of Pennsylvania.
Information at Ticketmaster lists the onsale date for the general public as Saturday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m. EST, with a special "CAL U" pre-sale from Thursday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. through Friday, March 1 at 11:00 p.m., all EST. Tickets will be $54.00, with an additional $8.05 fee, for a total price of $62.05.
Another gig is rumored, again with the Dawes, on April 8 in Kingston, Rhode Island. Apparently there was a show at the Ryan Center listed on Ticketmaster, which was quickly deleted. No other event is currently on sale for the Ryan Center on that date.
(Thanks to Andrew Klewan for the head's up.)
In other news, direct from Dylan's official site:
WIGWAM single to be released for Record Store Day
- In celebration of Record Store Day 2013, Columbia Records will release a 7" vinyl single featuring an unreleased demo of "Wigwam" backed with a previously unreleased recording of "Thirsty Boots" from the forthcoming Bootleg Series Vol. 10.
- Pick up your copy on Saturday, April 20, at participating independent record stores.
- For a complete list, visit Record Store Day.
Volume 10 of "The Bootleg Series" is rumored to be a stripped down version of material from the 1969-70 "Self Portrait" sessions. While it has not been confirmed, Bjorner's Still On The Road points to March 4, 1970, as the recording date for both tracks (unless "Wigwam" is an even earlier version).
According to Bjorner, March 4 was the fifth "Self Portrait" session, recorded at Columbia Recording Studios' Studio B in New York City. The sessions went from 2:30-5:30 p.m., 7:00-10:00 p.m., and 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. The musicians were Bob Dylan on vocals, guitar, piano and harmonica, Al Kooper on organ and piano, David Bromberg on guitar, dobro, and bass, with Stu Woods (bass), Alvin Rogers (drums) later overdubbing on the basic tracks. The sessions were produced by Bob Johnston.
Here's what was recorded that day:
1-5. Went To See The Gypsy (Gipsi on recording sheet.)
6-9. Thirsty Boots (Written by Eric Andersen)(Thirsty Boots/Evening In Your Eyes on recording sheet.)
10. Tattle O-Day (Written by Eric Andersen)
11. Railroad Bill (trad.)
12. House Carpenter (trad.) (All For The Sake Of Thee on recording sheet.)
13. This Evening So Soon
14. Days Of ’49 (trad.) (Tom Moore on recording sheet.)
15. Annie's Going To Sing Her Song (Written by Tom Paxton) (Take Back Again on recording sheet.)
16. Early Morning Rain (Written by Gordon Lightfoot)(In The Early Morning Rain on recording sheet.)
17. Wigwam (New Song 1 on recording sheet.)
18. Time Passes Slowly (New Song 2 on recording sheet.)
Takes 14, 16, and 17 were released in overdubbed version on "Self Portrait."
Below is some additional information on "Thirsty Boots":
Here is Eric Andersen's recent comment about this song (via Bruce Houghton, his tour manager):
- It was written for a civil rights worker friend, but the Phil Ochs connection is strong. Eric first sang a part of the song to Phil in the 14th Street Subway Station in N.Y.C. on their way to the Village. Phil loved it and encouraged him to finish it. Then Phil brought him up on stage at the Philadelphia Folk festival to perform the completed song live for the first time. It was also Phil who brought Eric around to other Village folk performers to have him play the song for their possible inclusion in their albums...and one of them as you all know certainly did!
And here is Eric Anderson's own liner notes from the album 'bout 'Changes & Things':
- "'Thirsty Boots' was written to a civil rights worker-friend. Having never gone down to Mississippi myself, I wrote the song about coming back."
Therefore, Eric must have written the song and liner notes at some earlier time, before he and Phil went to Mississippi together. Otherwise, why would he have written "Having never gone down. . ."?
However, after Phil's death, Eric dedicated the song to Phil on his "Greatest Hits" album and in concerts, including the Phil Ochs tribute concert at the Felt Forum in 1976:
- "Eric Anderson will probably offer his own 'Thirsty Boots,' which he has been dedicating to Mr. Ochs at his club and concert performances." (New York Times, May 28, 1976.)
If things go according to plan, volume 11 of "The Bootleg Series" will focus on 1974's "Blood On The Tracks" sessions.
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