That wily Bob Dylan has a new album in the can and all set for an April release, and even better, there's a song about Houston on it. The still-untitled album's sudden appearance came as a surprise even to those close to Dylan, Rolling Stone reports. "The disc has the live-in-the-studio feel of Dylan's last two studio records, 2001's Love and Theft and 2006's Modern Times, but with a seductive border-cafe feel (courtesy of the accordion on every track) and an emphasis on struggling-love songs," reports senior RS music guru David Fricke.
The song about our town is called "If You Ever Go to Houston," and it's a "Texas-dancehall jump," says Fricke. Considering R.E.M.'s "Houston," from last year's Accelerate, and Tom Petty's "Orphan of the Storm," from Mudcrutch's self-titled 2008 album, obviously the Bayou City is the urban locale of choice for esteemed rock legends. Stick that in your bong and smoke it, Austin.
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Dylan is now officially off the hook for omitting Houston from 1986's outlaw epic "Brownsville Girl," which he co-wrote with playwright Sam Shepard and mentions just about every other Texas municipality of any size. Now, hopefully, he'll take his song's advice and actually come play a show here - senor Zimmerman hasn't done so since two nights at Verizon in 2003 - thanks for the correction, (Masked and) Anonymous. He probably would have last year, when he did a three-night stand at Dallas' House of Blues en route to a bunch of shows in Mexico, but our HOB wasn't open yet. Now he's got no excuse.