The Wallflowers perform at Ridgefield Playhouse

April 06, 2017 - 254 views

Jakob Dylan loves the sound of language, including, as he says, “the cadence, the way words lock together.”

But don’t ask the singer/songwriter son of Bob Dylan to explain the meaning behind one of his haunting songs, “Asleep at the Wheel,” from The Wallflowers’ 1992 debut album. Dylan, who fronts the Grammy-winning band, said he’d never answer such a question.

 

Among his lyrics in that tune: “Like candle wax that sun melts into the ocean. / Like the moon that lights the tracks of the old train station. / You can color in the lines of mother earth’s addictions. / And not hold a gun in the face of the earth’s abduction.”

“I would never tell anybody what it’s about,” Dylan, 47, said in a phone interview. “That’s the whole purpose; it’s meant to be interpreted by people. ... I wouldn’t want to get in the middle of that.”

 

The Wallflowers have been making music since forming in Los Angeles in 1989, and broke wide with the 1996 release of “Bringing Down the Horse,” featuring such tunes as “The Difference,” “Three Marlenas” and “One Headlight.”

Despite a few personnel changes over the years, Dylan has always been at the band’s heart. The current members — guitarist Stanton Edward, drummer Lynn Williams, bassist Stephen Mackey and keyboardist Jimmy Wallace — will be with Dylan at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, June 29.

The married father of four — also known for his philanthropy, especially as a supporter of diabetes and Crohn’s disease awareness — said he’s not sure what songs the band will play in Ridgefield, but there’s a wide body of work from which to choose.

 

“We have many records and I will play bits and pieces from all of those, and other people’s songs. Other people’s songs — those will be the surprises. It’s not a Broadway show; I can’t possibly tell you right now what I’ll play. Come by and we’ll see what happens.”

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