“It was our good fortune that these lyrics came to light and we were given them to play with. It was a playground.”
For the April 2015 issue of Acoustic Guitar,
I wrote a cover story on The New Basement Tapes,
the remarkable project in which five songwriters set to music newly discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan in 1967—at the time he recorded the original Basement Tapes
with the Band. I interviewed Costello along with album producer T Bone Burnett, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops.