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    If I told you The New Basement Tapes were on TV likely wouldn’t get excited.  

    If I told you that The New Basement Tapes featured Elvis Costello and members of My Morning Jacket, Mumford & Sons, Dawes, and Carolina Chocolate Drops, I figure you would be on the edge of your seat.

    Producer T-Bone Burnett came into control of some unpublished Bob Dylan lyrics that Dylan wrote during the The Basement Tapes session with The Band in 1967. He eventually gathered Elvis Costello, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops and recorded twenty songs with these lyrics.

    Each of the named musicians were given a number of lyrics and could come back to the group with however many songs they could come up with. They recorded for two weeks and what they came up with was the 20 track album “Lost On The River” which is available now.

    While understandably it is different to get all these busy musicians together for an extended period of times so to see The New Basement Tapes live will be a rarity but they have played The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    The clip below is from Jimmy Kimmel Live! When The New Basement Tapes played “Nothing To It,” a Jim James-led song that wouldn’t sound out of place in a New Orleans street parade. 

    Photo courtesy of The New Basement Tapes Facebook page.

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    Covering Louisville music like it's the 6 o' clock news. I've covered Forecastle, Louder Than Life, Moontower, Starry Nights, and Louisville music news for 3 years. Follow me @parasiticnoise

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