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Basement Tapes Part 2 coming

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – Dozens of Bob Dylan penned lyrics are being put to music by the likes of Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello and T Bone Burnett in a second Basement Tapes concept.

The songs were written about 1967 during Dylan's "Basement Tapes" period, according to a Los Angeles Times story. Burnett is producing the new music, which also includes My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Carolina Chocolate Drops singer Rhiannon Giddens and Dawes lead guitarist and songwriter Taylor Goldsmith. Look for an album and Showtime special later this year. The project is being called ""Lost On the River: The New Basement Tapes."

"These are not B-level Dylan lyrics," Burnett, 66, told the Times on Monday. "They're lyrics he just never got around to finishing."

Dylan and The Band recorded The Basement Tapes while staying in a large house in upstate New York known as Big Pink. While never expected to be released, the tapes were put out by Columbia Records, in 1975.

Film maker Sam Jones is filming the new project for Showtime's Sho: Close Up documentary "Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued."

Each musician came up with his or her own music for most of the lyrics. Each took lead and offer suggestions as well.

"It runs the gamut from everybody having a blast in the studio to being really serious about doing things right," Giddens said.

The Times story said while not involved in the project, Dylan did give his blessing.

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