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Bob Dylan previews first new radio show in 11 years


Last week saw Bob Dylan announce that his Theme Time Radio Hour is making a comeback to Sirius XM for the first time since 2009, a decision which means 2020 is shaping up to be a pretty impressive year for Dylan following the release of his first album of new material in eight years, Rough and Rowdy Ways.

The radio programme sees Dylan discuss a different topic in each episode in immense detail and sees him talk about hard-hitting subjects such as money, politics, and more. Now the series is returning albeit for a limited run and the first previews are available to listen to now.

In the first, Dylan welcomes back listeners for the first time in over a decade. “Hello, friends and welcome back to Theme Time Radio Hour. I’m your host, Bob Dylan. To paraphrase Alexandre Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo, I’m so delighted to see you again, it makes me forget for the moment that all happiness is fleeting,” he says before admitting his newly launched whiskey brand, Heaven’s Door, is the catalyst for the show’s return.

“Now I’m not gonna pull your coat too much about it, ’cause me telling you how good it is is like tickling yourself. It just doesn’t work,” he adds. “You just have to taste it, and it speaks for itself. But we all thought it’d be a good idea to do an episode all about whiskey. There’s no shortage of songs and it’s been fun to get the gang back together.

“It’s been so long, I’m not even sure if we should call it Theme Time Radio Hour anymore,” he said lightheartedly. “I mean, does anybody still have a radio? Some folks might even be listening on a smart toaster. I don’t know, Theme Time Device Hour doesn’t sound right.”

The brand new episode airs on September 21st at 12pm EST and on demand after broadcast, it will see Dylan discuss how whiskey has shaped the world. The episode will be two hours and Dylan will also be playing some songs to break up the whiskey chat. It also coincides with September being Bourbon Heritage Month and also a celebration of his own whiskey company, Heaven’s Door Spirits.