Chrissie Hynde & James Walbourne – The Bob Dylan Lockdown Series (now 9 songs)

“Hi Ya’ll!

I was so buoyed up by the new Dylan songs that I talked to Pretenders Guitar playing hot-shot James Walbourne and we decided it’s a good time to do those Dylan songs we’ve always talked about doing.
Every singer-songwriter in the world covers the master’s songs and there is an endless supply of them. So we’ve started, and will do one a week until lockdown ends.

The First one is off the Shot of Love album, In The Summertime. We did it from home on our phones. I did the rhythm – sent it to James, he added guitar , sent it back to me, i put on the vocal , sent it back to him, he put on some back up vocals and organ, then we sent it to Tchad Blake to tidy up. I know you don’t need the behind the scenes details so I won’t repeat myself on the next one.

xch”
– Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders YouTube Channel)

They have now  done 9 very fine Bob Dylan covers, with some nice short-films attached. I love the way sound from the short-film slips into the music sometimes.

My three favourites so far are: Tomorrow is a long time, Blind Willie McTell and Every Grain Of Sand

In the Summer Time:

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Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan – Happy Birthday Chrissie Hynde

Photo credit © Keith Baugh

Chrissie Hynde’s a rock & roll singer who really should go back and study some country music. She should go deeply into the heart of that stuff and then come back bout. Because Chrissie Hynde is a good rhythm guitar player. That’s all you gotta be is a rhythm guitar player and singer, and she writes good, and she’s got good thoughts. She knows what’s right and wrong.
-Bob Dylan (to Kurt Loder, October 1987)

Christine Ellen Hynde (born September 7, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She is a founding member and the guitarist, lead vocalist, and primary songwriter of the rock band The Pretenders, as well as its only constant member.

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Documentary: Alone with Chrissie Hynde 2017 (Arena, BBC)

Being in a band is the one time in my life that I’m a real team player.’
– Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde offer us a glimpse into her backstage life through this fine documentary, Arena: Alone with Chrissie Hynde (aired February 2017). Not so much a history lesson as a glimpse into the everyday life of one of the most interesting woman in rock/music the last decades. Intersped with some great performances by Pretenders and Chrissie Hynde.

Director: Nicola Roberts

“Arena spent the summer with supercool self-confessed rock chick Chrissie Hynde – shopping for clothes in Paris, hanging out with Sandra Bernhard in New York, life in London and a special trip back to her home town of Akron, Ohio.

A thoughtful and intimate portrait of a ‘lone, hungry, irritable wolf’, featuring a glorious live performance at one of London’s newest venues.

In this expanded version, Chrissie also takes us on a walking tour of Nashville and meets up with Dan Auerbach – the lead singer of the Black Keys who produced her latest album.”
– BBC

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