Chrissie Hynde to release Bob Dylan covers album recorded “almost entirely by text message”

It's out on May 21

The PretendersChrissie Hynde has shared details of a new Bob Dylan covers album that she recorded largely over text.

‘Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan’ comprises nine renditions of Dylan’s songs, released via BMG on May 21 – a few days before the icon’s 80th birthday.

Hynde made the record “almost entirely by text message” with her Pretenders bandmate James Walbourne who, according to a press release, would record an initial idea on his phone and send it to Hynde to add her vocal before the tracks were mixed by Tchad Blak.

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Speaking about how the album came together and its inspiration, Hynde said: “A few weeks into lockdown last year, James sent me the new Dylan track ‘Murder Most Foul’. Listening to that song completely changed everything for me. I was lifted out of this morose mood that I’d been in.

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Chrissie Hynde performs live. CREDIT: Getty

“I remember where I was sitting the day that Kennedy was shot – every reference in the song. Whatever Bob does, he still manages somewhere in there to make you laugh because as much as anything, he’s a comedian. He’s always funny and always has something to say. That’s when I called James and said, ‘Let’s do some Dylan covers’ and that’s what started this whole thing.”

‘Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan’ tracklist:

01. ‘In The Summertime’
02. ‘You’re A Big Girl Now’
03. ‘Standing In The Doorway’
04. ‘Sweetheart Like You’
05. ‘Blind Willie McTell’
06. ‘Love Minus Zero / No Limit’
07. ‘Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight’
08. ‘Tomorrow Is A Long Time’
09. ‘Every Grain Of Sand’

Accompanying the release of Hynde’s album is Tomorrow Is A Long Time, a new film that captures the recording process of her Dylan covers.

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The Michael Nunn and William Trevitt-directed film features exclusive filmed performances of all nine songs. It airs on Sky Arts on May 24, Dylan’s birthday.

Last month, Hynde teamed up with Fender for a signature guitar, which pays homage to the Ice Blue Metallic Telecaster she purchased in NYC nearly 40 years ago.

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