Shadow Kingdom

Bob Dylan (2021)

Happy 81st Birthday, Bobby!

In celebration of Bob Dylan’s birthday, born on this day in 1941, I present to you Shadow Kingdom, a 2021 concert film featuring American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Directed by Israeli-American filmmaker Alma Har’el, it was shot on a soundstage in Santa Monica, California over seven days in early 2021 while Dylan was sidelined from his Never Ending Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film features Dylan and a group of masked musicians performing 13 songs from the first half of Dylan’s career in an intimate club-like setting.

Shadow Kingdom showcases Bob Dylan in an intimate setting as he performs songs from his extensive body of work, created especially for this event. It marked his first concert performance since December 2019, and first performance since his universally acclaimed album Rough and Rowdy Ways. The earliest composition in the set list was “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” from the 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home and the most recent composition was “What Was It You Wanted” from 1989’s Oh Mercy. In addition to Dylan, who plays guitar and harmonica and sings, most of the song arrangements consist of two additional guitars, a bass and an accordion. The performance of “Forever Young” also features a dolceola.

TRACKS:

When I Paint My Masterpiece

Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine

Queen Jane Approximately

I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues

Tombstone Blues

To Be Alone with You

What Was it You Wanted

Forever Young

Pledging My Time

The Wicked Messenger

Watching the River Flow

It’s All Over Now Baby Blue

MUSICIANS:

Alex Burke

Buck Meek

Shahzad Ismaily

Janie Cowan

Joshua Crumbly

8 Comments

  1. Sorry I drifted off last night… I’ve never seen Willie…but I want to.

  2. I saw him in Nashville with Mavis Staples opening up. I would love to see Nelson…that was a great bill!
    I did see Elvis Costello open up for him before at the Ryman.

  3. He came through earlier but I missed him…well….we are Dylan fans! The last time I saw him was in 2016… he was doing Sintra covers but it was great.

  4. I’ve seen Dylan 8 times…and I hope for the 9th time when he comes through again.

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