Jakob Luke Dylan (born December 9, 1969) is a singer and songwriter and the son of Bob Dylan. He is the lead singer of the rock band the Wallflowers, has recorded two solo albums and is a member of the supergroup the Nauts.
Jakob Dylan was born in New York City on December 9, 1969 to Bob Dylan and his wife Sara. Around the age of three, he moved with his family to the Los Angeles area. Dylan grew up listening to the Clash, which inspired him to start playing music himself. Dylan attended Windward School, where he played guitar in various bands but upon graduation decided to attend Parsons School of Design in New York to study art. Dylan subsequently dropped out in his first semester but remained in New York for several months, exploring his options. From New York, Dylan called one of his high school band mates, Tobi Miller and the two decided to form a new band, then named the Apples (later the Wallflowers). Dylan moved back to Los Angeles to pursue work with his band.
The Wallflowers started out playing alongside other aspiring rockers at Canter's delicatessen in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles in 1989. The band signed to Virgin Records and made a self-titled album, the cover of which had a picture of all the band members' feet, and drummer Peter Yanowitz's dog.
The debut sold poorly, however, and after they were released from Virgin Records, the band regrouped. They toured with 10,000 Maniacs, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cracker, and the Spin Doctors, and gained and lost several band members along the way. With the help of their manager Andrew Slater, the band secured a new major label record deal with Interscope Records.
Their 1996 album Bringing Down the Horse, recorded with producer T-Bone Burnett (and including collaborations with Michael Penn, Adam Duritz, Mike Campbell, Don Heffington of Lone Justice, and Sam Phillips), yielded several singles, including "6th Avenue Heartache" and "One Headlight". The album sold over six million copies worldwide. Burnett stated at the time: "As far as Jakob is concerned, I can't imagine having larger footsteps to follow in. But Jakob's character is clearly defined and he handles success with grace, which also says a lot about Bob as a father." Burnett went on to state that the success of Bringing Down the Horse had nothing to do with the family name: "I don't think Jakob sold a single record because he is Bob's son. I think he sold a lot of records because "One Headlight" is a very good song. I wonder how many Wallflowers fans even know who Bob Dylan is." The Wallflowers won two Grammy Awards, for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rock Song. "One Headlight" also won the VH-1 Video of the Year for 1997. The Wallflowers subsequently released (Breach) in 2000, Red Letter Days in 2002 and Rebel, Sweetheart in 2005.
In the fall of 2007 The Wallflowers performed live for the first time in more than two years. They did a brief tour including dates on the East Coast in October and the mid-west in November. This tour included Jakob Dylan (lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar), Greg Richling (Bass), Stuart Mathis (lead guitar) and Fred Eltringham (drums). In September 2007 the band announced on their official website that band member Rami Jaffee had left the group. The band played additional dates in southern California in February 2008, some east coast shows in April 2008, and several festival shows in the summer 2008 (OC Fair, South Carolina Balloon Festival, Deadwood Jam, among others). In some of these shows, they played as a threesome; in other shows, multi-instrumentalist Ben Peeler joined The Wallflowers.
In the summer of 2009, The Wallflowers did a nationwide tour with stops in 34 cities. In addition to Jakob Dylan (Vocals/rhythm guitar), Greg Richling (Bass) and Fred Eltringham (Drums), touring members included Stuart Mathis returning to his position as lead guitarist and new touring member, Bill Appleberry (Organ/piano).
In a November 2011 Rolling Stone article, Jakob Dylan confirmed that The Wallflowers would be returning to the studio in January 2012 to begin work on their sixth studio album. Glad All Over was released on October 9, 2012.
On September 20, 2006 it was announced by Billboard that Dylan had signed a new recording contract with Columbia Records.
Between 2006 and 2007, Dylan appeared on several television soundtracks and tribute albums. Dylan wrote and recorded "Here Comes Now" as the theme song for the U.S. television show Six Degrees, which premiered on September 21, 2006. A month later, his song "Stardust Covered Universe" appeared on Jericho on October 26. In 2007, Dylan recorded a cover of The Band's "Whispering Pines" which appeared on the tribute album Endless Highway: The Music of The Band. Also in 2007, Dylan recorded a cover of John Lennon's Gimme Some Truth for Lennon's tribute album, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. Dhani Harrison provided background vocals for the track.
On March 19, 2011, Dylan performed a live set for "Guitar Center Sessions" on DirecTV. The episode included an interview with program host, Nic Harcourt.
In early September 2007, The New York Times reported Dylan was working on his first solo album in a house in Hollywood Hills owned by famed record producer Rick Rubin. Rubin is also listed as the producer of the album. The album is called Seeing Things and was released on June 10, 2008. The mostly acoustic album contains 10 tracks.
In the spring of 2008 a series of tour announcements were made that Dylan would be performing with his touring band The Gold Mountain Rebels at Bonnaroo, at the new Rothbury Music Festival, in Rothbury, Michigan, Summerfest in Milwaukee, the Newport Folk Festival, and the Austin City Limits Festival. A number of tour dates in the south, east, and mid-west were also confirmed. He played on the Late Show with David Letterman in June 2008, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in July 2008, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in August 2008, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien in September 2008, and taped performances for a number of folk radio programs that aired throughout the summer. On the Conan performance, Dylan performed "War Is Kind" with Norah Jones. Jakob Dylan and the Gold Mountain Rebels did a 10-day tour in Europe opening for Eric Clapton in mid-August, and some shows in August and September opening for Willie Nelson at FarmAid in the U.S. In October he did a ten day tour in Europe playing shows in Germany and the UK. On October 21, he appeared in the UK on BBC2's Later... with Jools Holland. During the show he sang "Evil Is Alive And Well" and "Something Good This Way Comes". This was the first time that Dylan performed solo on television. During the week of October 25, Dylan appeared with the Gold Mountain Rebels on PBS' Austin City Limits.
Women + Country
On January 28, 2010, Dylan announced that his second solo album, Women and Country, would be released on April 6, 2010. The album, produced by T-Bone Burnett, would have 11 tracks with 8 featuring background vocals from Neko Case and Kelly Hogan.
Beginning March 2010, Dylan did a series of public performances. He was accompanied by Neko Case and Kelly Hogan on background vocals and members of Case's band, musicians Paul Rigby, Jon Rauhouse, Tom Ray, and Barry Mirochnick. Case, Hogan, and the musicians took the name 'Three Legs' for the 'Women + Country' tour. On April 2, 2010, they performed a "Tiny Desk Concert" for NPR's All Songs Considered, and appeared on the April 3 episode of Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Dylan also performed on a number of television shows during the spring and summer 2010. On April 1, he was interviewed by Tavis Smiley on his PBS show (no performance). He performed "Nothing But the Whole Wide World" on Letterman on April 21, and Craig Ferguson on May 18, and "Everybody's Hurting" on Leno on May 13. Dylan also performed on national radio shows that were broadcast on the internet including etown, Woodsongs, and Daytrotter. They recorded some songs at Rolling Stone Magazine, who archived the songs online. They performed "Nothing But the Whole Wide World," "Holy Rollers for Love," and "They've Trapped Us Boys".
Jakob Dylan and Three Legs performed concerts in mostly eastern and midwestern states in April and May 2010. They did a second leg of the tour in June and July 2010 that included some states in the west, (Oregon, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado) the mid-west (Illinois and Ohio) and east (Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York). They toured the UK with stops in London, Glasgow, and Dublin in late July 2010. This second leg of the tour involved the same musicians, but Nora O'Connor replaced Case on background vocals. Dylan started singing a previously unreleased song, "Down in a Hole" in the encore of most of these shows. On July 9, Dylan and Three Legs played the Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, New York. In the encore, Garth Hudson from The Band, joined them on stage for several songs. A video of them playing Dylan's "On Up the Mountain" (from 2008's Seeing Things) was captured by a fan.
Dylan & Three Legs performed at numerous Music Festivals during the summer and fall of 2010, including Maine's Nateva Music Festival (July 2), headlining the Main Stage at the 6th Annual Pleasantville Music Festival (July 10), Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall, UK (July 24), the Luna Lunera Festival in Spain (July 30), Quebec's Festivent (August 5), Edmonton's Folk Festival (August 8), KMTT's Music Festival in Seattle (August 14), and on Halloween weekend, Dylan is scheduled to perform at the VooDoo Experience Music Festival. On October 29, 2010, Dylan and Three Legs taped an episode of "Sun Studio Sessions" in Memphis, Tennessee, expected to air in early 2011 on PBS affiliates. A series of shows scheduled the week before the VooDoo festival included a three-night artist in residence at New York City's City Winery, a show in Atlanta, and a show in Nashville.
On July 19, 2011, the movie "A Little Help" soundtrack was digitally released. It contains three tracks by Jakob: "Down in a Hole (You've Got to Stop Digging)", "You're No Match" and "No Season at All". And on September 6, the song "Gonna Be a Darkness" (on the True Blood season 3 soundtrack) by Jakob Dylan and Gary Louris was released.
In early 2013, Dylan participated in a jam session at Blade Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana, with Blade Studios co-owner and drummer Brady Blade, along with Charlie Sexton, Dave Matthews, and Sexton's brother Will. This led to the formation of a band called the Nauts with Dylan, Blade, the Sexton brothers, and Matthews as members.