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In February 1966, Bob Dylan came to Tennessee to record Blonde on Blonde. Later he went on to record two more full albums in Nashville -- John Wesley Harding (1967) and Nashville Skyline (1969) -- as well as portions of 1970’s Self Portrait.

One aspect of Dylan’s time spent in Nashville is his friendship with Johnny Cash. “My father told a story about his meeting with Bob Dylan,” John Carter Cash recalls. “They had been writing letters for awhile before, and when they were in New York City. Bob came in the hotel room, jumped up and down on the bed and said, ‘I met Johnny Cash!’ just like a little kid. They had a friendship that was based on humor. That’s what Dad talked about, that there was a lot more about Bob Dylan than what meets the eye. Of course, you can tell that by the writing.”

During the Nashville Skyline sessions in February 1969, Dylan teamed up with Johnny Cash to record over a dozen songs. Only one of these made it onto Nashville Skyline ("Girl from the North Country"). Most of the rest are here, in perfect fidelity. If you were to judge this as a proper studio album, the notices wouldn't be too positive, due to the ragged and tentative performances. Judged as a loose, informal meeting of two giants, it's very pleasurable listening, though more for Cash's contributions than Dylan's. With full band backing (including Carl Perkins on electric guitar), the pair run through easygoing, rockabilly-tinged versions of Dylan songs, Cash songs, old Sun rockabilly chestnuts ("That's All Right Mama" and "Matchbox"), and a bit of country-gospel. Cash, in fact, dominates the proceedings: he sings lead more often, and the mere two Dylan tunes ("Girl from the North Country" and "One Too Many Mornings") are outweighed by a larger heaping of Cash classics ("Big River," "I Walk the Line," "I Still Miss Someone," "Ring of Fire," "Guess Things Happen That Way"). The CD might even appeal more to Cash fans than Dylan ones, especially as Dylan's singing is not up to scratch: his timing is off, he often sings on one note, and he even needs to be occasionally cued by Johnny for the right words. The disc also includes three interesting Dylan performances from a TV broadcast on The Johnny Cash Show in May 1969, as well as five less essential quadrophonic mixes of Nashville Skyline tracks.

Source: Billboard

Columbia Studio - Nashville TN 2-17-1969

  1. Mountain Dew
  2. I Still Miss Someone
  3. Careless Love
  4. Matchbox
  5. That's Alright Mama
  6. Big River
  7. I Walk The Line
  8. You Are My Sunshine
  9. Ring Of Fire
  10. Guess Things Happen That Way
  11. Just, A Closer Walk With Thee
  12. Blue Yodel
  13. Blue Yodel #5 ~The Johnny Cash Show:~ 05-01-69
  14. I Threw It All Away
  15. Living The Blues
  16. Girl, From The North Country
Orange Blossom Special

Orange Blossom Special

Mama, You Been On My Mind
It Ain't Me, Babe with June Carter
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Mama, You Been On My Mind alternate take - remaster CD bonus track

Nashville at Newport

Nashville at Newport

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Live at Newport Folk Festival, July 1964

Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter

Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter

It Ain't Me, Babe  with June Carter (same recording as above)

 1964

Johnny & June

Johnny & June

One Too Many Mornings

Out-of-print Bear Family LP.  Also on their Man In Black Vol. 3 6xCD boxset

Johnny Cash at San Quentin

Johnny Cash at San Quentin

Wanted Man

1968 - Live

Little Fauss And Big Halsy [Soundtrack]

Little Fauss And Big Halsy [Soundtrack]

Wanted Man

1971 also on: I Shall Be Unreleased

Heroes - Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings

Heroes - Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings

One Too Many Mornings Waylon Jennings/Johnny Cash duet

1984

The Mystery Of Life

The Mystery Of Life

Wanted Man

1991 - new recording

Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert

Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert

It Ain't Me, Babe with June Carter Cash

Recorded at Madison Square Garden, N.Y.C.  October 16, 1992

Red Hot + Country

Red Hot + Country

Forever Young

AIDS benefit CD - 1994


Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City

  • Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City

    Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City

    1. Absolutely Sweet Marie - Bob Dylan
    2. Harpoon Man - Charlie McCoy & The Escorts*
    3. It Ain't Me Babe - Johnny Cash
    4. Down In the Flood - Flatt & Scruggs
    5. The Way I Feel - Gordon Lightfoot*
    6. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - Bob Dylan
    7. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - The Byrds
    8. Wheels on Fire - Ian & Sylvia
    9. Gentle On My Mind (Remastered) - John Hartford*
    10. Some of Shelly's Blues - The Monkees*
    11. Turn Around - The Beau Brummels*
    12. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Tracy Nelson*
    13. If You Don't Like Hank Williams (1968 Demo Recording) - Kris Kristofferson*
    14. Bird on the Wire - Leonard Cohen*
    15. Hickory Wind - The Byrds*
    16. Blowing Down That Dusty Road - Country Joe McDonald*
    17. The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel*
    18. Stone Fox Chase - Area Code 615*
    19. Radio Spot: "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" - The Byrds*
    1. Girl from the North Country - Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash
    2. Driftin' Way of Life - Jerry Jeff Walker*
    3. Behind That Locked Door - George Harrison*
    4. Beaucoups of Blues - Ringo Starr*
    5. Going to the Country - The Steve Miller Band*
    6. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez*
    7. City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman*
    8. Blue River - Eric Andersen*
    9. Heart of Gold - Neil Young*
    10. If Not for You - Bob Dylan
    11. Crazy Mama - J.J. Cale*
    12. Seven Bridges Road - Steve Young*
    13. Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band*
    14. Silver Wings - Earl Scruggs & The Earl Scruggs Revue with Linda Ronstadt*
    15. A Six Pack to Go - Leon Russell*
    16. Sally G - Wings*
    17. Matchbox - Derek and the Dominos with Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins*
A companion to the 2015-2016 Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit of the same name, Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City is a double-disc history of the moment when country met rock -- or when rock met country, as the case might be. In this particular reading of country-rock history, the movement begins in 1966, when Bob Dylan headed down to Nashville to cut Blonde on Blonde with a crew of the city's renowned studio musicians.

Prior to that, country could be heard in rock & roll mainly through rockabilly, a music that functions as prehistory on this collection, present through the presence of Sun veteran Johnny Cash but not much else. Rockabilly's absence isn't surprising -- it was a hillbilly music that belonged to the '50s and seemed nearly ancient in 1966 -- but by starting country-rock history in 1966, Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats circumvents the conventional narrative of how the fusion allegedly sprang fully formed from the imagination of Californian cosmic cowboy Gram Parsons. He shows up here with the Byrds, singing "Hickory Wind," but that arrives 15 cuts deep into the first disc, by which time the Monkees have been heard playing a lean country shuffle on "Some of Shelly's Blues," John Hartford eased into "Gentle on My Mind," Gordon Lightfoot etched some roots-psychedelia on "The Way I Feel," and Flatt & Scruggs, Ian & Sylvia, and Johnny Cash have all sung a Bob Dylan song.

Cash's cut dates from 1964, underscoring how this compilation doesn't follow a strict chronological order; rather, it skips through two specific eras, concentrating on the '60s on the first disc and the '70s on the second.
This divide also slightly skews toward showcasing Dylan on the initial disc and his influence on the latter, with the second disc filled with progressive folk singer/songwriters (Steve Goodman, Eric Andersen, Jerry Jeff Walker) and rockers who made a Music City pilgrimage not dissimilar to Bob's (Neil Young, J.J. Cale, Steve Miller, Paul McCartney). Certainly, the songs do matter -- country musicians were attracted to Dylan's songs, with several discovering elements in their own voices after hearing his songs -- but so do those Nashville Cats, the then-faceless pros who are placed on equal billing with Dylan and Cash in this exhibit and compilation.

Sometimes, they get their own showcase -- Charlie McCoy rocks hard on "Harpoon Man," the supergroup Area Code 615 lays it down on "Stone Fox Chase," which some listeners may know better as the theme to The Old Grey Whistle Test -- but they're always felt throughout the performances here, lending soul and surprise to familiar tunes and grounding flights of fancy through down-home licks. Throughout it all, that conscious cultural collision of city and country still feels kinetic: these musicians opened up fresh, unpaved roads begging to be explored and still offer plenty of tantalizing sights and detours.

 

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