Chrissie Hynde Does Dylan: Covers Album, Shows

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Chrissie Hynde (from the artist’s Facebook page)

Chrissie Hynde has released a new album of original Bob Dylan covers. The album, Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan, on CD and vinyl arrived on August 20, 2021, via BMG. It’s been available to stream since late May to coincide with Dylan’s 80 on May 24.

The Pretenders legend has a brief U.K. tour of stripped back sets that feature songs from the album.

“Chrissie Hynde and Co. (London duo the Rails) sing Bob Dylan and other songs” performed two July concerts at the Royal Opera House in London. They’ll do four dates at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall in late August. See the dates below; tickets are available here.

From the May 10 album announcement: Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan includes new interpretations of such Dylan songs as “You’re a Big Girl Now,” “Love Minus Zero / No Limit,” “Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight,” and “Every Grain of Sand,” recorded last year during lockdown by Hynde and her Pretenders bandmate, James Walbourne. See the complete track listing below.

Listen to “You’re a Big Girl Now”

The nine-track collection was made almost exclusively via text message, with Walbourne recording an initial musical idea on his phone and then sending it off to Hynde to add her vocal. The new versions were then mixed by multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer/mixer Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Fiona Apple) before originally premiering via The Pretenders’ official YouTube channel.

“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.”

Listen to “Every Grain of Sand”

The intimate process behind the album 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 U.K.’s Sky Arts channel on May 24 in celebration of Dylan’s 80th birthday; a U.S. broadcast premiere will be announced soon.

Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan Tracklist

In the Summertime
You’re a Big Girl Now
Standing in the Doorway
Sweetheart Like You
Blind Willie McTell
Love Minus Zero / No Limit
Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight
Tomorrow is a Long Time
Every Grain of Sand

Related: When Hynde took no prisoners on the Pretenders’ debut

Chrissie Hynde 2021 Tour (Tickets are available here)
Aug 22-25 Edinburgh, UK – Queen’s Hall

Listen to the title cut of “Standing in the Doorway”

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