Renowned singer-songwriter Cat Power has announced a Valentine's Day performance at America's premier concert hall, Carnegie Hall. The show will be a re-creation of 15 songs from Dylan's 1966 acoustic and electric performance at the Royal Albert Hall and complements her album 'Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert', which will be released on 10 November via Domino Recording Company.
To celebrate her Carnegie Hall performance, Cat Power has released two more songs from her forthcoming album. Her distinctive and evocative takes on 'Mr Tambourine Man' and 'Like A Rolling Stone' are now available to stream everywhere.
Recorded at London's vaunted Royal Albert Hall on 5 November 2022, 'Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert' sees Marshall pay tribute to Bob Dylan with a complete live reimaging of his legendary performance at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in May 1966. Long known as the 'Royal Albert Hall Concert' due to a mislabelled bootleg, the original performance saw Dylan switch from acoustic to electric midway through the show, incurring the wrath of folk purists and changing the course of rock 'n' roll forever. 'Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert' both lovingly honours Dylan's mark on history and brings a breathtaking new vitality to many of his most revered songs.
The artist otherwise known as Chan Marshall has been a significant figure in American indie rock for nearly 25 years. Her talents as a songwriter, producer and most notably as a vocalist have only grown over time. 'Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert' is the latest in a series of albums in which she reinterprets classics from the American songbook, rock 'n' roll history and beyond. This ongoing series includes notable releases such as 'The Covers Record' (2000), 'Jukebox' (2008) and 'Covers' (2022), which Pitchfork praised as “her widest ranging yet, illustrating her talent for radical reinvention.”
In this performance, Cat Power pays a heartfelt tribute to Bob Dylan's groundbreaking 1966 concert. Her 15-song set includes classics such as 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue', 'Mr. Tambourine Man' and 'Like A Rolling Stone', as well as selections from 'Blonde on Blonde' such as 'Just Like A Woman'. Staying true to the structure of the original concert and Dylan's 1966 world tour, the first half of Cat Power's set is entirely acoustic, followed by an electric second half backed by a full band. Marshall's rendition reflects both a deep respect for the songs and a profound understanding of their nuanced interpretation. She captures the essence of Dylan's historic performance with a combination of unwavering conviction and grace, preserving the anarchic tension of that memorable night while infusing it with a warm and luminous joy.