Bob Dylan will open his summer twangfest known as the AmericanaramA Festival of Music, joined by Wilco and My Morning Jacket on June 26 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.
Tickets for the tour go on sale to the public Saturday at 10 a.m. Prices are $29.50-$79.50 at LiveNation.com. Presales start at 10 a.m. Wednesday and according to your buddies with Wilco, the password is "tenacious."
The Cruzan lineup also will include Grateful Dead icon Bob Weir. Some dates on the tour feature guitarist Richard Thompson and singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham, but not they will not perform here.
If the relentlessly relevant Dylan limited his set list to songs from his new album, “Tempest,” we’d walk away happy. Released on Sept. 11, “Tempest” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and was his fifth consecutive top 10 studio album.
The 68-minute collection of stories on “Tempest” can swing with a jaunty pedal-steel swagger and downshift to a funereal melancholy, delivering lyrics that spit venom at enemies and caress old loves lost among the “long and wasted years.”
If we were in Bob’s ear before the Cruzan show, we’d recommend:
“Duquesne Whistle”: The opening number on “Tempest” is a post card from another time, a rollicking blend of Bob Wills’ western rhythms, rock and ragtime layered with Steve Earle’s menacing dissatisfaction.
“Soon After Midnight”: Love, loss and regret simmer in this tear-in-your-beer lament set to a satiny doo-wop pace. This will slow the show, but so what?
“Roll On John”: A bluesy recognition of the best we are as human beings via an affectionate elegy to John Lennon.Photo: Getty Images