The Whole Wide World
On Aug. 16 The Recording Academy headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., was the lucky beneficiary of a visit by singer/songwriter Jakob Dylan, who just a few months before, on the eve of the release of his second solo album, Women + Country, stopped by the GRAMMY Museum for a chat. Dylan participated in an installment of 5 Questions With…, answering questions on what it was like to win a GRAMMY, his musical influences, songwriting, and collaborating with producer T Bone Burnett. He also played a few songs from the album, including "Nothing But The Whole Wide World" and "Everybody's Hurting."
Women + Country was produced by Burnett, who also produced the breakthrough Bringing Down The Horse album by Dylan's former band the Wallflowers. That album resulted in two GRAMMY Awards, for Best Rock Song and Best Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for the hit "One Headlight."
"I’ve said before," Dylan commented on Burnett, "that if I knew exactly what it was [that was special about him], I would do it too."
For Women + Country, the pair created a subtle, earthy work that highlights the craft of Dylan's songwriting. The album was born when Dylan visited Burnett while the latter was working on the film Crazy Heart, played him a song, and Burnett challenged Dylan to write 12 more and record an album.
As for his GRAMMY wins? "For my line of work, it's the highest compliment you can get, without a doubt," he says.