Bootleg recordings of duets between Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash set for release
The next instalment of Bob Dylan’s bootleg series could feature some previously unreleased duets with Johnny Cash, a source close to Dylan has claimed.
While a 14-disc set of material recently released in conjunction with the new documentary, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, which has been directed by Martin Scorsese has fans excited enough, Dylan’s team are already plotting their next big project.
“We’re thinking about possibly doing Bob’s work in Nashville from John Wesley Harding through the Johnny Cash sessions as the next Bootleg Series,” a source close to the Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone. “The outtakes from that period have never been heard.”
Fans of the duo know too well how many times their paths crossed, you only need to remember Dylan’s 1969 folk-tinged album Nashville Skyline to find the song ‘Girl From the North Country’ which was reworked as duo with his good friend Cash.
Apparently, the new material explores the Nashville recording sessions that produced both the aforementioned record Nashville Skyline as well ass 1967’s John Wesley Harding. According to the person close to Dylan’s camp, Cash joined in on the Nashville Skyline recording sessions and put down versions of ‘Mystery Train’, ‘You Are My Sunshine’, ‘Ring of Fire’ and plenty other tracks.
The bootleg versions to become the subject of Dylan’s latest release, however, is thought to be centred around material created later in his career with the likes of Time Out of Mind, Infidels and Empire Burlesque.