Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Shares Bob Dylan Cover Featuring Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell & The War And Treaty

By Andy Kahn Feb 5, 2021 7:04 am PST

Renowned roots rockers the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recruited special guests Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell and The War And Treaty to record a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” The track was released today on Bandcamp, with all proceeds going to the non-profit Feeding America.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – singer/guitarist Jeff Hanna, drummer Jimmie Fadden and accordion player Bob Carpenter along with bassist Jim Photoglo, guitarist Jaime Hanna and fiddler/mandolinist Ross Holmes – recorded their contribution to the Dylan cover on March 7, 2020, right on the brink of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeff Hanna’s wife Matraca Berg provided harmonica and backing vocals and Fred Eltringham supplied additional drums.

“I’ve been a fan of Bob Dylan’s since I was a teenager, living in California,” Jeff Hanna told JamBase. “I was fortunate enough to see him sing ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ in concert the year the song was released, 1964. It moved me deeply then and that hasn’t changed. The lyrics are as relevant today as they were when Dylan wrote it. Maybe even more so.”

Cash, Earle, Isbell and The War And Treaty (Tanya Blount and Michael Trotter Jr.) each sang one of the verses of the song. Cash’s part was recorded by her husband, producer Jon Leventhal, in their living room in New York City. Isbell also added a slide guitar part to the track that was produced by Ray Kennedy.

“We were proud and honored to be joined on this song by Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, and The War And Treaty,” Jeff Hanna added. “We’ve got great admiration for all of these folks, not only as artists, but more importantly, as people.”

The cover is currently available exclusively via Bandcamp. It will land on other digital platforms on February 8, with all proceeds continuing to go to Feeding America, a nationwide network of nationwide food banks working to end hunger in the United States.

Listen to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” featuring Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell and The War And Treaty via Bandcamp below:

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