Johnny Depp to play guitar on 'lost' Bob Dylan album also featuring Mumford & Sons

The Pirates of the Caribbean star will replace Elvis Costello on one track

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Fresh from joining Aerosmith on stage, Johnny Depp will feature on a new ‘lost’ Bob Dylan album.

The actor, 50, will join Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes as a guitarist, alongside Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and more.

Depp took up the strings on “Kansas City” to replace Costello who could not make the recording session because of a gig clash.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star had been visiting his friend, album producer T Bone Burnett, in the Los Angeles studio when he was roped in as a last minute contributor.

Depp is no stranger to the music world, having joined The Black Keys, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper and Willie Nelson on stage in the past.


The project came about after Dylan passed some unused songs to Burnett for him to bring to life.

The “Blowing in the Wind” singer’s unreleased lyrics were written during his 1967 stay at the “Big Pink” house, where he recorded 30 songs later known as The Basement Tapes.

New songs based on Dylan’s words will include “Hi-De-Ho”, “Florida Key” and “Card Shark”.

Burnett assured the Los Angeles Times in March that “these are not B-level Dylan lyrics” but works he “just never got around to finishing”.

The 12-track album is set for an autumn release in accompaniment with Sam Jones’ documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued.

“These days and nights in the studio have been nothing less than magical,” said Jones.