Chrissie Hynde is releasing her album of Bob Dylan covers in honor of his 80th birthday, and for a Dylan doc.
“Standing in the Doorway” is coming on May 21st. I previously had put up some of the songs here last year when Chrissie was posting them on You Tube. She also released a Pretenders album last year on BMG which bombed saleswise. BMG is releasing this one, too. Good luck. (Smartly it looks like she hired a good publicist this time, Ken Weinstein at Big Hassle.)
She recorded the songs with the Pretenders’ James Walbourne remotely during lockdown.
“A few weeks into lockdown last year, James sent me the new Dylan track, ‘Murder Most Foul.’” Hynde says. “Listening to that song completely changed everything for me. I was lifted out of this morose mood that I’d been in.I remember where I was sitting the day that Kennedy was shot – every reference in the song. Whatever Bob does, he still manages somewhere in there to make you laugh because as much as anything, he’s a comedian. He’s always funny and always has something to say. I called James and said, ‘Let’s do some Dylan covers,’ and that’s what started this whole thing.”
The intimate process behind “Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan” will be featured in “Tomorrow Is A Long Time,” a new documentary by International Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt (Romeo & Juliet: Beyond Words, BalletBoyz) premiering exclusively via the UK’s Sky Arts channel on Monday, May 24th in celebration of Dylan’s 80th birthday; a U.S. broadcast premiere will be announced soon.