Jakob Dylan, former Wallflower and member of the famed Minnesota Zimmerman clan, returns April 6 with his second solo album Women and Country (Columbia) and, as the title would suggest, he's bringing along both for company. The style of his new folk/alt-country project is in many ways an extension of his 2008 Seeing Things with simple acoustic shuffles and tender roadhouse ballads the dominant if understated mainstay. He's also reunited with famed producer T-Bone Burnett, the man who twiddled the knobs for the breakout Wallflowers album of 1996 and major hit "One Headlight," along with the acclaimed group of musicians that Burnett has utilized on recent albums from Allison Krauss/Robert Plant to B.B. King to Willie Nelson.
"Its fine and easy to get great musicians, but he's cultivated something truly special with that group of guys," Dylan tells Billboard. "I really wanted it to sound like a band throughout, and with them I didn't have to over-think things." Also on board vocally -- and reflective of the first part of the new album's title -- are Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, two singers well-suited to Dylan's Americana leanings. Case and Hogan's stellar, often haunting harmonies add what Dylan describes as "huge personality" to eight of the project's twelve tracks, notably on the gently thumping, pedal-steel tinged lead track "Nothing But Whole Wide World." Recommended.
Jakob Dylan - "Nothing But the Whole Wide World" (from Women and Country)
Jakob Dylan - "Everybody's Hurting" (from Women and Country)