Johnny Depp will feature on a new album based on the ‘lost’ lyrics of Bob Dylan.
‘Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes’ also features Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, Elvis Costello and Jim James of My Morning Jacket as well as Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes on the T Bone Burnett-produced record.
Johnny Depp plays guitar on one song, ‘Kansas City’, filling in for Costello, who couldn’t make it to one particular recording session as he had a gig. Depp had gone down to watch the rehearsals at Los Angeles’ Capitol Studios, visiting his friend Burnett, but ended up contributing to the LP.
The artists have created music for two dozen unfinished Dylan songs. ‘Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes’ is set for release this autumn, alongside a documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, directed by Sam Jones. The lyrics come from Dylan’s 1967 ‘Basement Tapes’ sessions.
Speaking about the new sessions, Burnett previously commented: “Great music is best created when a community of artists gets together for the common good. There is a deep well of generosity and support in the room at all times, and that reflects the tremendous generosity shown by Bob in sharing these lyrics with us.”
Filmmaker Jones added: “The discovery of these previously unknown Bob Dylan songs that were thought lost since 1967 is the stuff of Hollywood fiction and a find of truly historical proportions. It is a unique opportunity to film T Bone and these great artists as they collaborate with a young Bob Dylan, and each other, to create new songs and recordings. These days and nights in the studio have been nothing less than magical.”