The Petty Archives

Traveling Wilburys ready another album
By Gary Graff
Dubuque Telegraph-Herald - July 5, 1990

The title of their last single notwithstanding, the Traveling Wilburys have hardly reached the "End of the Line."

Four members of the superstar group -- Lucky Wilbury (Bob Dylan), Nelson (George Harrison), Otis (Jeff Lynne) and Charlie T. Jr. (Tom Petty) -- recently finished laying down tracks in Los Angeles for a follow-up to the 1988 smash "Volume One." They'll finish recording this summer in England, with the album due for release in October and a possible tour to follow. That, however, will be preceded by a song on an album to benefit orphans in Romania.

The surving quartet, Lynne says, is upholding the Wilbury's penchant for simple, melodic, acoustic guitar-based songs that are composed relatively fast.

Still, Lynne says, the fact that there's life for the Wilburys after "Volume One" shouldn't get fans thinking the quartet plans to turn a side project into a serious business.

"It's still every bit a lark," Lynne says. "We wanted to do ('Volume One') in a very low-key manner... We just sort of snuck it out, and it's amazing how the momentum picked up and everybody liked it."