Jakob Dylan biography
Born on December 9, 1969, in New York City, Jakob Dylan, the son of singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, forged a career in music as well. As lead singer and songwriter for The Wallflowers, Jakob had major hits as well as Grammy wins with the album Bringing Down the Horse and the song "One Headlight." After other band releases, he's recorded the solo albums Seeing Things and Women + Country.
Jakob Dylan was born on December 9, 1969, in New York City, the son of Sara Lowndes and songwriter/recording artist Bob Dylan. The couple divorced in 1977, and Jakob was then brought up in Los Angeles by his mom, with his father nonetheless remaining an active presence in his life.
The young Dylan chose to forge a career in music as well and formed the band The Wallflowers toward the end of the 1980s. Changing the lineup after the lack of commercial success for the group's self-titled debut, Dylan scored major attention with Bringing Down the Horse, released in 1996. The album, which reached the Billboard Top 5, featured production by T-Bone Burnett and tunes penned by Dylan, including the Top 10 hit "One Headlight." Horse went multiplatinum, and as part of the band Dylan won two Grammys for "One Headlight," including Best Rock Song.
The Wallflowers released their follow-up, Breach, the band's third album, in 2000; it was ultimately a quieter venture than its predecessor in terms of sales. Red Letter Days followed in 2002, as did Rebel, Sweetheart in 2005, with production duties handled by Brendan O'Brien, known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and the Black Crowes.
In 2009, the group released a greatest hits album, Collected: 1996-2005, as well as Looking Through You: Another Collection the following year.
In 2008, Dylan put forth his first solo album, Seeing Things, an acoustic, intimate affair with production by Rick Rubin. After performing with The Wallflowers on the road to support their best-of collection, in 2010 Dylan released Women + Country. An outing with warm, ethereal sounds, the album was once again produced by Burnett and featured vocals from solo artists Neko Case and Kelly Hogan.
Dylan also contributed to 2011's True Blood: Vol. 3 soundtrack, collaborating with Gary Louris on "Gonna Be a Darkness."
After what Dylan described as a necessary break in working together, The Wallflowers reunited for their upbeat 2012 album Glad All Over, which also featured contributions from Mick Jones of The Clash. The band went on tour the following spring with Eric Clapton.
In a 2012 interview with journalist Tavis Smiley, Dylan said, in reference to how The Wallflowers create after reuniting, that bands "just don't work unless you have the chemistry of people, and it's not just the musical chemistry. It's a personal chemistry. It's a chemistry with your personalities that make bands count."