Chrissie Hynde has announced plans for a special livestream holiday event. Filmed and recorded live at London’s historic Royal Opera House, Chrissie Hynde & Co. Sing Bob Dylan (And Other Songs) will premier on Sunday, December 26, at 3:00 PM (EST), with on-demand viewing available through Monday, January 3 at 2:59 AM (EST).
During the concert, Hynde performs songs from her latest album, Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan, alongside classics from Ray Davies, Charles Trenet, Hoagy Carmichael, and her own catalog. Hynde is joined for the stripped-back performance by Pretenders guitarist James Walbourne, keyboardist Carwyn Ellis (Pretenders, Edwyn Collins), and Danny Williams (Black Grape, Peter Bruntnell) on upright bass.
Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan is a nine-track collection including new interpretations of Dylan songs like “You’re a Big Girl Now,” “Love Minus Zero / No Limit,” “Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight,” and “Every Grain of Sand,” recorded last year during lockdown by Hynde and her longtime collaborator and Pretenders bandmate, James Walbourne.
The album was actually made almost exclusively via text message, with Walbourne recording initial musical ideas on his phone and then sending it off to Hynde to add her vocal. The new versions were then mixed by multiple Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer/mixer Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Fiona Apple) before premiering via The Pretenders’ official YouTube channel.
The process behind Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan is also captured in Tomorrow Is A Long Time, a new documentary by International Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt (Romeo & Juliet: Beyond Words, BalletBoyz). The film premiered earlier this month via AXS TV.