New Mix: Bob Dylan, Sparks, Darlingside, Annie Bartholomew, more : All Songs Considered Bob Boilen shares new songs (in one case, a new recording) from a few of his favorite artists, plus discoveries from Montana and Alaska.

Featured Artists And Songs:
1. Bob Dylan: "When I Paint My Masterpiece," from Shadow Kingdom
2. Annie Bartholomew: "All for the Klondike's Gold," from Sisters of White Chapel
3. Darlingside: "Eliza I See," from Everything Is Alive
4. Sparks: "Nothing Is As Good As They Say It Is," from The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte
5. Alaska Reid: "Back To This," from Disenchanter
6. Buck Meek: "Haunted Mountain," from Haunted Mountain

New Mix: Bob Dylan, Sparks, Darlingside, Annie Bartholomew, more

New Mix: Bob Dylan, Sparks, Darlingside, Annie Bartholomew, more

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Top row, left to right: Buck Meek, Annie Bartholomew, Bob Dylan; Bottom row, left to right: Darlingside, Sparks Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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I begin this edition of All Songs Considered with Bob Dylan reimagining songs from the early part of his long career. Shadow Kingdom is the name of this project; it's both a film and an album. The versions on this record are fascinating, including the song you'll hear, "When I Paint My Masterpiece."

Juneau, Ala.-based musician Annie Bartholomew tells tales with a love of folk traditions. Her debut album, Sisters of White Chapel, is inspired by the stories of Victorian women in the late 19th century who came north during the Klondike Gold Rush to Alaska and the Yukon Territory in Canada.

Beautiful harmonies and melodies that linger in my brain are what I love about the group Darlingside. The band's new album, Everything Is Alive, which arrives later this summer, is filled with poetic observations quite present in the first single, "Eliza I See."

Sparks are brothers Ron and Russell Mael, and I'd never imagined that these two creative souls would still be making music more than 50 years since I first heard them. They're still as imaginative and full of humor as ever. The song "Nothing Is As Good As They Say It Is," from their 26th album, The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte, is from the perspective of a nearly 1-day-old child seeing the world and wanting to go back into the womb.

Alaska Reid is a songwriter and storyteller from a sparsely populated area of Montana who now lives in Los Angeles. We hear the song "Back To This" from her upcoming album, Disenchanter.

I'll end the show with music from Big Thief's Buck Meek. On the title track to his next album, Haunted Mountain, he worked with songwriter Jolie Holland on a love song to Mount Shasta.


Featured Artists And Songs

1. Bob Dylan: "When I Paint My Masterpiece," from Shadow Kingdom

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2. Annie Bartholomew: "All for the Klondike's Gold," from Sisters of White Chapel

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3. Darlingside: "Eliza I See," from Everything Is Alive

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4. Sparks: "Nothing Is As Good As They Say It Is," from The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte

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5. Alaska Reid: "Back To This," from Disenchanter

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6. Buck Meek: "Haunted Mountain," from Haunted Mountain

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Correction June 15, 2023

A previous version of this story said that Annie Bartholomew's album Sisters of White Chapel was inspired by the stories of women who came to Alaska and the Yukon Territory during the late 1900s. Those women lived during the late 19th century.