His Father’s Son

EVERYONE THOUGHT JAKOB DYLAN WAS GOING TO FOLLOW IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS, BUT HE CHOSE TO REACH OUT TO A YOUNGER CROWD. AFTER A LONG HIATUS, THE WALLFLOWERS ARE BACK ON STAGE AGAIN WITH A NEW ALBUM, GLAD ALL OVER.

You’ve brought out a brand new album after a long hiatus. When you consider where you started, what changes has time brought to your new album?
The first album came out in 1996. Since then we have weathered many crises. Separations, reunions, the long breaks we took have naturally affected our music.

Immediately after the first album you won a Grammy for “Best Rock Performance by a Group”. Were you surprised?
I never expected that we would be understood and appreciated so quickly. Winning a Grammy is a wonderful thing. It spurred us on and fueled our excitement.

You’ve made two solo albums independently of the band. Did you miss the band?
There isn’t much to change your outlook when you make music on your own. But when you work as a group you can give a different direction to your ideas. Personally, I prefer to make music in a band.

The critics are calling your new album, Glad All Over, the rebirth of The Wallflowers. What’s your take on that?
We got back together after a long break and started playing the minute we walked into the studio. I think we captured the energy of the old days.

We know that you have been much influenced by Tom Petty. And by the rock music of the 60’s. Has your father, Bob Dylan, given you anything?
Tom Petty is an extraordinary musician. He has influenced, and continues to influence, masses of people. I still get the same pleasure from listening to him. I like my father’s music, but Tom Petty has left a deeper impression on me.

You didn’t go on tour for your last two albums. What are your plans for the new album?
We are going to start out in North America. We’ll also have a few concerts in Europe.

A NOSTALGIC BENT
Looking much younger than his years, Jakob Dylan thinks that the currently pervasive cyber culture is lowering people’s productivity. He believes that the country songs pre-school kids learn in the U.S. are still the best.

SERIOUS BUSINESS
Asked what area of artistic production he regards as tops, Jakob Dylan replies, “For me, composing is always tops.” He points out that this work demands serious discipline.