Jakob Dylan : biography
Between 2006 and 2007, Dylan appeared on several television soundtracks and tribute albums. Dylan wrote and recorded "Here Comes Now" as the theme song for the U.S. television show Six Degrees, which premiered on September 21, 2006. A month later, his song "Stardust Covered Universe" appeared on Jericho on October 26. In 2007, Dylan recorded a cover of The Band’s "Whispering Pines" which appeared on the tribute album Endless Highway: The Music of The Band. Also in 2007, Dylan recorded a cover of John Lennon’s Gimme Some Truth for Lennon’s tribute album, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. Dhani Harrison provided background vocals for the track.
In early September 2007, The New York Times reported Dylan was working on his first solo album in a house in Hollywood Hills owned by famed record producer Rick Rubin. Rubin is also listed as the producer of the album. The album is called Seeing Things and was released on June 10, 2008. The mostly acoustic album contains 10 tracks.
In the spring of 2008 a series of tour announcements were made that Dylan would be performing with his touring band The Gold Mountain Rebels at Bonnaroo, at the new Rothbury Music Festival, in Rothbury, Michigan, Summerfest in Milwaukee, the Newport Folk Festival, and the Austin City Limits Festival. A number of tour dates in the south, east, and mid-west were also confirmed. He played on the Late Show with David Letterman in June 2008, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in July 2008, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in August 2008, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien in September 2008, and taped performances for a number of folk radio programs that aired throughout the summer. On the Conan performance, Dylan performed "War Is Kind" with Norah Jones. Jakob Dylan and the Gold Mountain Rebels did a 10-day tour in Europe opening for Eric Clapton in mid-August, and some shows in August and September opening for Willie Nelson at FarmAid in the U.S. In October he did a ten day tour in Europe playing shows in Germany and the UK. On October 21, he appeared in the UK on BBC2’s Later… with Jools Holland. During the show he sang "Evil Is Alive And Well" and "Something Good This Way Comes". This was the first time that Dylan performed solo on television. During the week of October 25, Dylan appeared with the Gold Mountain Rebels on PBS’ Austin City Limits.
Women and Country
On January 28, 2010, Dylan announced that his second solo album, Women and Country would be released on April 6, 2010. The album, produced by T-Bone Burnett, would have 11 tracks with 8 featuring background vocals from Neko Case and Kelly Hogan.
Beginning March 2010, Dylan did a series of public performances. He was accompanied by Neko Case and Kelly Hogan on background vocals and members of Case’s band, musicians Paul Rigby, Jon Rauhouse, Tom Ray, and Barry Mirochnick. Case, Hogan, and the musicians took the name ‘Three Legs’ for the ‘Women + Country’ tour. On April 2, 2010, they performed a "Tiny Desk Concert" for NPR’s All Songs Considered, and appeared on the April 3 episode of Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Dylan also performed on a number of television shows during the spring and summer 2010. On April 1, he was interviewed by Tavis Smiley on his PBS show (no performance). He performed "Nothing But the Whole Wide World" on Letterman on April 21, and Craig Ferguson on May 18, and "Everybody’s Hurting" on Leno on May 13. Dylan also performed on national radio shows that were broadcast on the internet including etown, Woodsongs, and Daytrotter. They recorded some songs at Rolling Stone Magazine, who archived the songs online. They performed "Nothing But the Whole Wide World," "Holy Rollers for Love," and "They’ve Trapped Us Boys".
Jakob Dylan and Three Legs performed concerts in mostly eastern and midwestern states in April and May 2010. They did a second leg of the tour in June and July 2010 that included some states in the west, (Oregon, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado) the mid-west (Illinois and Ohio) and east (Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York). They toured the UK with stops in London, Glasgow, and Dublin in late July 2010. This second leg of the tour involved the same musicians, but Nora O’Connor replaced Case on background vocals. Dylan started singing a previously unreleased song, "Down in a Hole" in the encore of most of these shows. On July 9, Dylan and Three Legs played the Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, New York. In the encore, Garth Hudson from The Band, joined them on stage for several songs. A video of them playing Dylan’s "On Up the Mountain" (from 2008’s Seeing Things) was captured by a fan.