August 27, 2012


Listen: Bob Dylan's New Country-Ragtime Tune, "Duquesne Whistle"

Reliability is an important, if rare, aspect of music these days. But if there's one artist whose face pops along the word's definition in the dictionary, it's Bob Dylan. Fifty years after he began his recording career, Dylan has just dropped "Duquesne Whistle," a track from his September 11 release Tempest. And guess what? It's sooooooo Dylan (or at least the Dylan we've come to know in his twilight years). 

There are quite a few Dylan trademarks showcased on "Duquesne Whistle," including (but not limited to): mentions of gamblers, the blues, femme fatales, trains chugging through the night, etc., etc. There's also a fun little ragtime intro before the band kicks into swingin'-saloon country trot, and we know how Dylan just loves all things Americana. So Dylan. It's predictable, like, you know... blowing wind (which is something Dylan would probably say).