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Bob Dylan drops trippy single 'False Prophet', announces upcoming album 'Rough And Rowdy Ways'

The 78-year-old singer-songwriter has now already released three singles for his first album in eight years, slated to be released in June this year
Bob Dylan (Getty Images)
Bob Dylan (Getty Images)

Come gather round, people, wherever you roam. Iconic folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan shared some exciting news on Friday, May 8, when he revealed that he would soon be releasing a new studio album called 'Rough And Rowdy Ways' in June.

This will be the Nobel Prize-winning singer's first album in eight years, and the 78-year-old artiste has already unveiled the album artwork along with the release of a brand-new single called 'False Prophet'.

This new single comes on the heels of two previous singles, the lengthy 'Murder Most Foul' which talks about the JFK assassination, and 'I Contain Multitudes' — a title inspired by Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself'. 

The new track, 'False Prophet', features Dylan's trademark nasally growls over some fuzzy blues-guitar grooves, as he shrugs and says, "I ain't no false prophet, I just know what I know. I go where only the lonely can go." Check it out here below.


Along with the release of the new song, Dylan also revealed the album art and released details about his upcoming album, 'Rough And Rowdy Ways', which is slated to be released on June 19 through Columbia Records.

The new album title appears to be a homage to the vintage 1929 Jimmie Rodgers record, 'My Rough And Rowdy Ways', and this will be the throaty troubadour's 39th studio album, a full 57 years after his eponymous debut album first launched him into the public eye.

The new album will have 10 tracks in total, and it has been revealed that the CD version will contain the 17-minute epic 'Murder Most Foul' as a standalone disc. Dylan's last album of original songs 'Tempest' was released back in 2012, so this is certainly welcome news.

He has also released a triple album filled with standards since then, namely 'Shadows in the Night', 'Fallen Angels' and 'Triplicate' which dropped in 2017.

Musician Bob Dylan performs onstage during the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas at Sony Pictures Studios on June 11, 2009, in Culver City, California (Getty Images)

Fans are getting pretty excited about the upcoming release already. One avid follower said, "Looking forward to it — based on those first two songs it's the best one in like 35 years or something!"

Another fan said, "Soooooooo friggin stoked right now coz Bob Dylan is bringing out his first album of originals in 8 years," while another listener declared, "The announcement of a new album by Bob Dylan has me feeling a lot better about life in general."

Only time will tell if this is destined to be another classic, but if time has told us anything, it is that Dylan redefines the word classic.