I’m pretty stoked to see a headline like this. After announcing a hiatus from the road and just released an album of acoustic recordings a few months back, I didn’t think another solo album was in the works, but he told The New Yorker what’s up with his new album on the way.
I know he seems pretty old-school, but the guy’s recording the thing on an old tape recorder he bought with his lawn mowing money when he was fourteen! Literally. He told The New Yorker,
“I’m going to try to write songs where I can’t be heard by the next-door neighbor, and I want to write like Michael Jackson would write—instead of writing parts on the instruments or humming melodies, you think of them. To do everything in my head and to do it in silence and use only one room.”
“Four tracks, with computers you can use three hundred and ten tracks if you want to, but it’s too much freedom. I always have my own rules, and I can bend them if I want. I can see the confines I’m working in, but nobody else knows I’m doing it.”
The whole article is a great read. To find out more about the new album, where and how he writes, and (bonus-) his private bowling alley in Nashville with a ball especially for Bob Dylan, it’s here.