News came in overnight via Bob Dylan’s newsletter that his 35th studio album has a title and a release date: Tempest is coming September 11.
As noted in the album’s announcement, the release of Tempest on Columbia Records will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s first studio album, Bob Dylan, which was issued by the same label in March of 1962. Tempest was produced by Jack Frost, a pseudonym Dylan has used in recent years for self-recorded releases.
Not much else is known about the release at this time, aside from a note that it will include 10 new, original songs. Here is the track listing, according to iTunes:
1. Duquesne Whistle
2. Soon After Midnight
3. Narrow Way
4. Long and Wasted Years
5. Pay In Blood
6. Scarlet Town
7. Early Roman Kings
8. Tin Angel
10. Roll On John
Foreobodingly, St. Paul songwriter Martin Devaney noted on Twitter last night that The Tempest was Shakespeare’s final play. At 71, there’s no telling if Dylan is planning to slow down just yet; his Never Ending Tour will bring him to his home state once again next month for a show in Rochester. Here’s hoping he uses the opportunity to debut a few of these new songs.
UPDATE: In addition to his already announced August 21 gig in Rochester, Dylan will come to St. Paul on November 7 (notably, the day after the next Presidential election) to perform at the Xcel Energy Center. He will be joined by opener Mark Knopfler of Dire Straights.