Posted in music on August 26, 2009

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan will release a brand new album of holiday songs, Christmas In The Heart, on Tuesday, October 13, it was announced today by Columbia Records. All of the artist's U.S. royalties from sales of these recordings will be donated to Feeding America, guaranteeing that more than four million meals will be provided to more than 1.4 million people in need in this country during this year's holiday season. Bob Dylan is also donating all of his future U.S. royalties from this album to Feeding America in perpetuity.

Christmas In The Heart will be the 47th album from Bob Dylan, and follows his worldwide chart-topping Together Through Life, released earlier this year. Songs performed by Dylan on this new album include, "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Winter Wonderland," "Little Drummer Boy" and "Must Be Santa."

The artwork for that record is posted above. More info, video of Kent Jones ripping on the idea on MSNBC, Bob reading Twas The Night Before Christmas, and info on the possibility of Bob Dylan giving directions on your GPS, below...

Additionally, the artist is partnering with two international charities to provide meals during the holidays for millions in need in the United Kingdom and the developing world, and will be donating all of his future international royalties from Christmas In The Heart to those organizations in perpetuity. Details regarding the international partnerships will be announced next week.

"When we reached out to Bob Dylan about becoming involved with our organization, we could never have anticipated that he would so generously donate all royalties from his forthcoming album to our cause," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. "This major initiative from such a world renowned artist and cultural icon will directly benefit so many people and have a major impact on spreading awareness of the epidemic of hunger in this country and around the world."

Bob Dylan commented, "It's a tragedy that more than 35 million people in this country alone -- 12 million of those children - often go to bed hungry and wake up each morning unsure of where their next meal is coming from. I join the good people of Feeding America in the hope that our efforts can bring some food security to people in need during this holiday season."

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks supports 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit feedingamerica.org.

Bob Dylan is reportedly in talks with a couple of car companies about becoming the voice of their GPS systems. The singer-songwriter revealed that he was considered the role on his themed BBC Radio 6 Music show last night, which this week was about street maps.

Talking in his trademark sandpaper drawl, the music legend then demonstrated what his sat nav voice might sound like, saying: "Left at the next street. No, right. You know what? Just go straight."

He continued: "I probably shouldn't do it because whichever way I go, I always end up at one place - on Lonely Avenue. Luckily I'm not totally alone. Ray Charles beat me there." [The Mirror]

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Comments (19)

I heard about the directions. His voices isn't the clearest of voices so I don't get why they would pick him. On the other hand if James Earl Jones did one that would be sweet!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 2:39 PM

Yes Kent Jones, how dare a Jew sing Christmas songs!! I like how he doesn't mention the charity part.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 2:44 PM

The lanes, they are a changin'.

Posted by MusicSnobbery | August 26, 2009 2:48 PM

Is "Just Enough with Kent Jones" what passes for news reporting these days? I weep for journalism.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 2:48 PM

Tangled up In Blue!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 2:50 PM

Sad-Eyed Santa of the Lowlands

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 2:52 PM

I am going to already nominate this for worste album of the year and I love Bob.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 2:54 PM

You obviously have not heard the new Rob Thomas album 2:54! Yech!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 2:56 PM

Leopard Skin Gift Satchel Santa Claus Hat

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 3:07 PM

I'm holding out for the Nachtmystium Holiday album...

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 3:45 PM

I'm going to state the obvious here and say that Bob is a genius and that reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas was badass. He can do whatever the fuck he wants... Kent Jones, not so much.

Posted by just another anonymous | August 26, 2009 4:17 PM

Fuck Cunt Jones. That guy is a walking rick-roll.

I'm buying two copies of Dylans Christmas album just to spite him. (and for my mom).

If you haven't heard it already get a copy of SAVED. It's Dylan's amazing early 80's christian record. Such weird, good music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 4:22 PM

how can you make fun of Dylan for doing this when he is giving all the money to charity, what has that asshole done for anyone lately?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 4:36 PM

Good for Bob! As someone recently said on here, quoting Minor Threat, "At least I'm trying, what the fuck have you done?"

Kent--the memo, long in circulation, states clearly: those who don't like Bob Dylan because he doesn't sing like a Broadway star are hopelessly out of touch with the authentic. Didn't you get that memo?

I'm sending copies of this CD to everybody on my list, yes sir.

Posted by Brian | August 26, 2009 8:40 PM

.... And I never thought I'd see the day.
He keeps on surprising. And I guess that is a good thing.

Posted by Fernanda | August 27, 2009 5:08 AM

ChristMEHs

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 9:18 AM

I think the track listing goes...

"I'll Be Your (Santa) Baby Tonight"

"Snowy Day Women #12 & 35"

"I Want Toys"

"When I Hang My Mistletoe"

"A Hard Snow's Gonna Fall"

"Only An Elf In Their Game"

"One More Cup Of Eggnog"

"Just Like Tiny Tim's Blues"

"The Groom's Still Waiting At The Manger"

& of couse, the soon to be classic...

"It's All Over Now, Baby Jesus"

Posted by h- | August 27, 2009 10:32 AM

disc 2:

ballad of a fat man

boots of reindeer leather

can you please crawl down the chimney?

anticipation row

deer from the north country

i dreamed i saw st. nicholas

skyway 61 revisited

coal is just a four letter word

masters of toys

song to blitzen

stuck inside the north pole with the santa blues again

Posted by wix | August 27, 2009 3:56 PM

I like sing a song

Posted by convert flv to avi | December 4, 2009 9:34 PM

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