Bob Dylan and T Bone Burnett are collaborating with Americana group Bear and a Banjo on a new eight-song project due out in early 2019.
Bear and a Banjo is made up of Jared Gutstadt, the cofounder of production company Jingle Punks, and hitmaker Jason 'Poo Bear' Boyd. The two-man band are also planning a podcast that will go along with the new songs. All eight songs were co-written and recorded by Poo Bear and produced by Burnett. The music was tracked in an Airstream trailer located in Gutstadt's backyard.
“I wasn’t ready five years ago to make this record. It took three to four years of development, making this album with Poo and T Bone and Bob Dylan’s camp to get it right. The last piece of the puzzle was a conversation with one of Jingle Punk’s biggest partners, iHeartMedia, which just acquired one of the largest podcast companies in the industry, and taking it from there," Gutstadt said.
Inspired by Greil Marcus' book, The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes, the accompanying podcast will have a narrative format according to Gutstadt.
“T Bone Burnett, who is truly the Alan Lomax of our time, is a musicologist and an interpreter of folk traditions as pop culture, as with his work with the Coen Brothers, and Bob Dylan’s ‘Rolling Thunder Review,'” he added.