Bob Dylan announces new album, Rough And Rowdy Ways

His first collection of new original material since 2012 is set to arrive in June.

Following the surprise release of the 17-minute ode to John F. Kennedy, Murder Most Foul, and the sparsely arranged ballad I Contain Multitudes, Bob Dylan has finally lifted the veil on his new upcoming 10-track album, Rough And Rowdy Ways – set to arrive 19 June.

Rough And Rowdy Ways – which will be Dylan’s 39th studio album and first to feature new songs since 2012’s Tempest – was announced in a tweet from the bard himself, where he shared the album’s release date, as well as a new six-minute single entitled False Prophet. Take a look at the full tweet here.

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Unlike the two previously released singles, the blues-rock shuffle tune False Prophet sees Dylan backed by a full band – complete with guitar, bass and drums. Take a listen below.

Dylan teased new material in a cryptic tweet posted earlier today (8 May), in which he shared an image of a top-hatted skeleton in an art style reminiscent of retro pulp novels, accompanied by the caption: “What are you lookin’ at – there’s nothing to see.” That image has since been revealed to be the single art for False Prophet.

Pre-ordering for the album on Dylan’s official website has begun. Rough And Rowdy Ways will be available as both a double CD and as a double-vinyl release. Although a caption revealed that the album will feature 10 tracks, its tracklisting is blurred in product images. Take a look below:

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Image: bobdylanstore.com

Dylan had been set to perform a string of shows in Japan in April – but those plans were dashed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, the show organisers wrote: “We are so sorry to cancel the shows, but in the interest of Public Health And Safety, we are left with no alternative. Therefore we have [regretfully] decided to cancel the upcoming Bob Dylan concerts here in Japan scheduled 1 to 24 April. We will look to rebook the shows in the future.”

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