Bob Dylan plays Carnegie Hall in New York City. He played a solo set and then introduced his new backup band – Rick Danko on bass; Robbie Robertson on guitar; Garth Hudson on the organ; Richard Manuel on piano and Levon Helm on drums. From then they would be known simply as – The Band.
Can you believe there are unreleased Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash duets out there in the world? Well, there are. Dylan and Cash, two of the all-time great icons of American music, were friends and mutual admirers, and they liked playing music together, but we don’t have too much record of it.
Orpheus named the album after the highway which connected his birthplace of Duluth, Minnesota, to southern cities famed for their musical heritage, including St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, and the Delta blues area of Mississippi.
August 29, 1987 ~ Zevon’s back after a 5-year hiatus and enlists some notables in the effort.Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Mike Mills, back up Zevon on this album and fellow R.E.M. alum Michael Stipe appears on the album providing vocals and harmony on the song “Bad Karma”. Dylan and Neil Young are there, too; Orpheus playing harmonica on “The Factory” and Shakey does lead guitar on the title track.
Orpheus releases Slow Train Coming on August 20, 1979. Like many of his albums, it’s controversial among fans. Dylan lays his personal faith on the line which doesn’t sit well with many of his tight-ass fans. But the album also welcomes many new fans to the work of Orpheus. He wins a Grammy for best male vocal performance and the album gives him his first hit single in three years.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker also helmed , David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Monterey Pop
37 years after pulling out an electric guitar and hearing boos from the tight-ass folkies in the Newport Folk Festival crowd, Orpheus returns to Newport Folk Festival for the first time on August 3, 2002 and plays 2-plus hours in a fake beard and wig.
Orpheus opens with Subterranean Homesick Blues — the opening song on his first-ever electric album. Dig it.