Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Covers Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’,’ ft. Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Steve Earle & the War and Treaty


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On Friday, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band shared a new cover of the Bob Dylan classic, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” accompanied by a host of special guests.

Accompanying the band on the song (and each singing a verse) are Jason Isbell, Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, and the War and Treaty.

The new recording was made available as part of Bandcamp Friday. Click here to “name your price” and purchase the download, with all proceeds benefiting Feeding America. The song will be available on other digital streaming platforms on Monday, Feb. 8.

More on how the recording came about, per a news release:

Amidst the compounding, pleading verses of Scottish ballad by way of Greenwich Village, the Dirt Band’s distinguished musical guests—Jason Isbell, Rosanne Cash, The War And Treaty, and Steve Earle, all of whom are no strangers to writing and singing their beliefs on record, each step to the microphone to contribute a verse with Isbell also adding slide guitar—carry the same tone and energy in their voices as the song’s writer did almost six decades ago; an unfortunate but earnest reaction to the all too evident parallels between now and then. “It moved me deeply then and that hasn’t changed,” Hanna notes. “The lyrics are as relevant today as they were when Dylan wrote it. Maybe even more so.”

Produced by Ray Kennedy, “The Time’s They Are A-Changin;” was collectively recorded up and down the east coast. John Leventhal recorded his wife, Rosanne Cash’s vocals in their New York City home studio and Steve Earle contributed his verse via the world famous Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village. In Nashville, NGDB and guests joined Kennedy in his Room & Board Studio. Rounding out the already outstanding cast of characters on this track are all of the current members of NGDB—Jeff Hanna (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Jimmie Fadden (drums), Bob Carpenter (accordion), Jim Photoglo (electric bass), Jaime Hanna (electric guitar), and Ross Holmes (fiddle and mandolin)—as well as Fred Eltringham (Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers) on additional drums and Nashville songwriting legend—and Jeff Hanna’s better half—Matraca Berg on harmonica and harmony vocals. “We’ve got great admiration for all of these folks, not only as artists, but more importantly, as people,” says Hanna.


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