The NME is reporting Bob Dylan has begun work on a new album.
If the as-yet untitled album is released this year it would be his first album of new music since "Love & Theft" which was released in 2001.
The NME reports sources that say Dylan and several other musicians rented rehearsal space and worked on new material over a four or five day period last week.
In the time since "Love & Theft" was released Dylan has penned the first volume of an autobiography and has contributed songs to several soundtracks. He was also the subject of a documentary film by Martin Scorcese. A seventh volume of Dylan's bootleg series was also released to coincide with that film.
Dylan's last two releases (not counting his Oscar-winning contribution to the Wonder Boys soundtrack) have been fantastic records. Time Out of Mind won the Grammy for 'Album of the Year' and "Contemporary Folk Album of the Year" while "Love & Theft" took the Grammy for "Contemporary Folk Album of the Year."
The Grammy Awards have been honoring veteran artists in recent year. Where acts like Santana (and perhaps Paul McCartney this year) have been honored for solid careers and average albums, Dylan's recent work has been among his very best.
A new Dylan album would be most welcome.