For many music fans, Bob Dylan is a legend. The 76-year-old Dylan has had a career that’s hard to quantify into words. Folk music pioneer, socially influential protest singer, pop music star and rock music star (you know, when he went electric).
His recording career, spanning more than 50 years, has explored the traditions in American song—from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and the Great American Songbook.
This is one guy we’re talking about here.
When Bob Dylan rolls into the Borgata Event Center Sunday July 10, you can expect a true master to embrace his latest incarnation – that of the Great American Songbook. That’s because his last two albums – the 36th and 37th studio albums of his career – were Shadows in the Night, featuring ten songs written between 1923 and 1963 and recorded by Frank Sinatra and Fallen Angels, which was described as “a direct continuation of the work of ‘uncovering’ the Great Songbook that he began on last year’s Shadows In the Night.”
What did you expect? The same old stuff? Dylan reinvents himself too often for that. And while reviewers note that Dylan has been performing a few of his 60s classics – “Maggie’s Farm,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” – during his “Never-Ending Tour” this summer, most fans know that they can’t put Dylan in a corner.
This is Bob Dylan the crooner, completing a personal songbook that has touched on every genre, and every great contemporary of his time.
Dylan’s Borgata appearance is one of the first of his summer tour, which also includes a set by Mavis Staples, famous as Dylan’s lost love (he asked her to marry him, she said ‘No”) a theme he hits often in the songs chosen for the show.
Together, this new Bob Dylan show – and this endlessly reinvented Dylan – is being described as less angry, more reflective and more soulful. And not surprisingly even at 76, Dylan himself is being described as a strong crooner.
Pretty fitting really – for a legend.