Any Bob Dylan fans out there? Yeah? Maybe just a few? Then you probably already know that his latest album is coming out this Friday. Triplicate is a three-disc monster of songs by American songwriters who aren’t Bob Dylan. You can learn more about the project here from ND’s resident Dylan expert, Anne Margaret Daniel, who’s previewed it. You can also get some insight from the man himself in this Q&A on bobdylan.com. And then get a taste of a few songs before the album comes out from NPR Music.
Aretha Franklin turned 75 last weekend, still the reigning Queen of Soul. The occasion prompted NPR to republish a piece from earlier this year viewing Franklin and her hit song, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” through a feminist lens. Yass, Queen. [NPR]
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs became household names largely because of The Flatt and Scruggs Grand Ole Opry Show, which aired from 1955 to 1969 and showcased some of bluegrass and country’s greatest names. For decades, archives of the show were feared lost, but they turned up in a garage in 1989. Learn about the painstaking restoration process and how the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is bringing the show’s footage back to life. [The Tennessean]