Bob Dylan Duet With Mavis Staples Highlights Gospel Tribute to Dylan Due in March


Nearly a quarter-century after Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" cracked the Top 30 and won him his first Grammy Award, a new tribute album to Dylan's gospel recordings will be released by Columbia Records on March 25. Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan presents eleven newly-recorded renditions of songs from Dylan's classic pair of gospel albums, Slow Train Coming and Saved, performed by today's leading gospel artists.

A highlight of Gotta Serve Somebody is a brand-new duet by Dylan and gospel legend Mavis Staples on a revamped version of Dylan's "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking." This new version was recorded in 2002 with Dylan's touring band. Other artists featured on the tribute are Shirley Caesar, Aaron Neville, The Fairfield Four, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs, Dottie Peoples, Sounds of Blackness, Helen Baylor, Regina McCrary with the Chicago Mass Choir, and Rance Allen. Dylan's original gospel touring band from the 1970s is also reunited for a newly-recorded performance of "Solid Rock" with Sounds of Blackness.

"The music is great -- it's uplifting, too," says Joe Ligon of the Grammy Award-winning Mighty Clouds of Joy, contemporary gospel's preeminent group. "The music sounds like back home in one of those sanctified churches where I come from," says Ligon. "Where everybody would get up, and they would be beating a tambourine, and playing the drums, and all of that's going on, and the old ladies, and the young people clapping, and people falling out and feeling God's spirit."

SOURCE: Sony Legacy

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