Jakob Luke Dylan, born December 9, 1969 in New York City, is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band The Wallflowers and as the son of legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.
Dylan is the youngest of four children born to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and ex-wife Sara Dylan. He married his childhood sweetheart, Nicole Paige Denny (now former actress Paige Dylan), in a ceremony at Sara Dylan’s house in 1992. Dylan and his family reside in Los Angeles. They have four sons: Levi Henry, born in 1994, James in 1998, a third in 2000, and a fourth in 2007. Dylan is very private about his family to the extent that there are very few images of his children or wife available.
On September 20, 2006 it was announced by Billboard that Dylan had signed a new recording contract with Columbia Records. The Wallflowers’ current situation has remained unknown since their recording contract with Interscope Records ended in 2005.
Dylan wrote and recorded “Here Comes Now” as the theme song for the U.S. television show Six Degrees, which premiered on September 21, 2006. His song “Stardust Universe” premiered on Jericho on October 25, 2006.
A cover of The Band’s “Whispering Pines” appears on the tribute CD Endless Highway — The music of The Band, which was released late January 2007. Dylan also contributed backing vocals to the track, “Black Haired Girl,” on Jesse Malin’s 2007 album, Glitter in the Gutter.
Dylan collaborated with Dhani Harrison on the John Lennon song, “Gimme Some Truth,” for the Lennon’s tribute album, “Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur”, which was released on June 12, 2007. As of early 2007, Jakob Dylan had performed with his father only once, at a corporate gig for semiconductor company Applied Materials on November 14, 1997, although they played the same show, they did not play together.
In early September 2007, The New York Times reported Dylan was working on his first solo album in a house in Hollywood Hills owned by famed record producer Rick Rubin. Rubin is also listed as the producer of the album. The album is called Seeing Things and was released on June 10, 2008. The mostly acoustic album contains 10 tracks.
In the spring of 2008 a series of tour announcements were made that Dylan would be performing with his touring band The Gold Mountain Rebels at Bonnaroo, at the new Rothbury Music Festival, in Rothbury, Michigan, Summerfest in Milwaukee, the Newport Folk Festival, and the Austin City Limits Festival. A number of tour dates in the south, east, and midwest were also confirmed. He played on the Letterman show in June 2008, Leno in July 2008, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in August 2008, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien in September 2008, and taped performances for a number of folk radio programs that aired throughout the summer. On the Conan performance, Dylan performed “War Is Kind” with Nora Jones. Jakob Dylan and the Gold Mountain Rebels did a 10-day tour in Europe opening for Eric Clapton in mid-August, and some shows in August and September opening for Willie Nelson at FarmAid in the U.S. In October he did a ten day tour in Europe playing shows in Germany and the U.K. On October 21, he appeared in the UK on BBC2’s Later… with Jools Holland. During the show he sang “Evil Is Alive And Well” and “Something Good This Way Comes”. This was the first time that Dylan performed solo on television. During the week of October 25, Dylan appeared with the Gold Mountain Rebels on PBS’ Austin City Limits.