ATN Tribute Sunday: Bob Dylan's Jimmie Rodgers Affair

The first release on Dylan's new Egyptian label is a Jimmie Rodgers tribute album.

Jimmie ("The Singing Brakeman") Rodgers is perhaps the most beloved hero (of

rockers) most fans have never heard of. A giant to a legion of songwriters, from

Bob Dylan to the late Jerry Garcia, Rodgers, also known as the Father of

Country Music (in addition to being a charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall

of Fame, the very first inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the

first musician ever commemorated on a postage stamp), will get the old tribute

treatment on July 22.

The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers--A Tribute, will

be the first release on Bob Dylan's new Egyptian Records imprint, with

contributions from Dylan, U2's Bono, Dwight Yoakam, John Mellencamp, Aaron

Neville, Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers' Dickey Betts and Van Morrison.

Among the highlights: Jerry Garcia with longtime collaborator David

Grisman covering "Blue Yodel #9 (Standin' on the Corner)" in what a source at

Columbia Records (Egyptian is distributed by Columbia) said is believed to be

his final studio performance, Dylan covering "My Blue Eyed Jane" with Emmylou

Harris on backing vocals (produced by Daniel Lanois) and Willie Nelson's

version of "Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia," produced by Don Was and featuring

famed session drummer Jim Keltner.

Dylan wrote the liner notes to the

album, in which he praises Rodgers as a "blazing star whose sound was, and

remains, the raw essence of individuality."

The interactive portion of the

tribute CD is slated to include a web browser that will allow fans to link to a

Rodgers home page for more information on the artist and his life.