This year, a number of music’s most influential artists – the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones – are celebrating 50 years in the biz, each finding different ways to mark the golden anniversary. Bob Dylan will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his self-titled debut with a new album, Tempest, to be released September 11th by his longtime label, Columbia.

Tempest, Dylan’s 35th studio album, features 10 new originals and production from “Jack Frost,” a known pseudonym Dylan has worked under since 1990’s Under the Red Sky. It serves as the follow-up to 2009’s Together Through Life, a No. 1 album in the U.S. and abroad.

Rumors of a new Dylan album first swirled in March, when Los Lobos member and Dylan collaborator David Hidalgo said the music legend was recording at Jackson Browne’s L.A. studio.

Dylan’s late-career renaissance dates back to 1997’s Time Out of Mind, which earned him a Grammy for Album of the Year. Dylan’s 2001 album, Love and Theft, was platinum-selling and Grammy-winning, while 2006’s Modern Times scored him two Grammys and sold 2.5 million copies worldwide, according to Columbia.

In the last decade or so, he’s won an Oscar (for his song from Wonder Boys in 2001), written a New York Times best-selling memoir (2004’s Chronicles Vol. I), and continues to travel the world touring. Just this year, Dylan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our country’s highest civilian honor, for his influence on American culture at large.

His winning streak is suspected to continue with Tempest, which is available now for pre-order through iTunes and Amazon.

– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local; EJ Judge, WCBSFM


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