Hear Bob Dylan's unfinished song, with songstress Nikki Jean: 'Steel and Feathers (Don’t Ever)' -- EXCLUSIVE

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What better gift for a birthday boy than his own song, rescued from the sonic dust pile and reborn?

Dylan’s fellow Minnesota native Nikki Jean, a twentysomething singer-songwriter previously best known for touring with Kanye West and guesting on Lupe Fiasco tracks, looked to more traditional inspirations for her upcoming July 12 release Pennies In a Jar.

Pennies features songs co-penned by Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Carly Simon, and yes, Bob Dylan, whose “Steel and Feathers” is an unfinished track circa his early ’80s Shot of Love era; producer Sam Hollander introduced Dylan to Nikki’s work, and he gave her his permission to complete the composition.

Listen to the final result of their decade-crossing collaboration, exclusive to EW.com, after the jump:

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Comments (6 total) Add your comment
  • abram

    beautiful. happy birthday bob

  • Jean Thompson

    Terrific blending of Dylan’s genius and Nikki Jean’s superb creative talent. Great to hear new music that has multi-generational appeal.

    • Doreen Marquelle

      Hey Hey My My Bob Dylan is a Nobel Prize, Hi Neil Young can you write me a song about Bob Dylans friends that follow him Hey Hey MY MY I be so grateful before I cry,,Hey Hey My My We love you, I love you Bob Dylan always and forever young Happy Birthday Love Happy Birthday

  • William

    Nice work! I hope Nikki Jean releases her collaboration with Carly Simon, ‘Sex, Lies and Sunshine’ soon, too!

  • MarGoX

    ” fabulous ” play on !

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