According to Chronicles: Vol. 1, Bob Dylan was originally to be the recipient of the Woody Guthrie lyrics that eventually became the basis for the Billy Bragg and Wilco collaboration Mermaid Avenue, Volumes 1 & 2. As the story goes when a 20-something Zimmy headed out to Guthrie’s home (on Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island) a young Arlo and the family’s babysitter where the only ones home and had no knowledge of a trunk full manuscripts in the basement, so he left with nothing.
Well some 40 some odd years later, Dylan now has his own set of unfinished lyrics to put music to – these coming from country music legend Hank Williams – and he’s tapped some notable musicians to lend a hand including Jack White, Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams. We can’t wait to hear what they come up with.