Published Oct 14, 2014Featuring an impressive star-studded lineup, the New Basement Tapes have been reworking old Bob Dylan lyrics into new material. Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens and Taylor Goldsmith make up the band, and they're set to release Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes on November 11 (via Electromagnetic/Harvest).
We've already heard the Mumford-led "When I Get My Hands On You," but now Dylan enthusiasts can hear Giddens take the vocal spotlight on "Spanish Mary."
"Out of all the lyrics I looked through for the New Basement Tapes project, the one for "Spanish Mary" attracted me first — here was a ballad, and I know ballads!" she said in a statement about the project. "It's also set in the Caribbean, so I felt the deep African sound of the minstrel style banjo (circa 1856) was appropriate. It was an absolute thrill to get to set music to Dylan's lyrics, what an opportunity! This project is marked with utter generosity from everyone involved."
The supergroup have unveiled an intricately animated lyric video for the track, featuring Dylan's original handwritten lyrics. You can watch it in the player below.