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Listen: Bob Dylan's 'Scarlet Town' Previewed on Cinemax

New track appears on drama 'Strike Back'

Bob Dylan performs during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held in Los Angeles, California on January 12th, 2012.
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August 18, 2012 5:29 PM ET

A new song from Bob Dylan's forthcoming album Tempest appeared last night on the Cinemax drama Strike Back. "Scarlet Town," a haunted, acoustic-driven number supported by strains of David Hidalgo's violin, came on as the end credits rolled on the show's season premiere. Another track from the record, "Early Roman Kings," had its debut earlier this month on the trailer for Strike Back's second season. 

Dylan's 35th studio album, which he described to Rolling Stone as one where "anything goes and you just gotta believe it will make sense," is due out September 11th on Columbia Records.


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