Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats Exhibit Opens March 27 at the Country Music Hall of Fame
Bob Dylan was recording Highway 61 Revisited in New York when his producer and former Nashvillian, Bob Johnston, encouraged him to give Nashville a try. Charlie McCoy had played guitar on a session of “Desolation Row” and Dylan’s curiosity for Nashville’s talent affirmed his decision. In February 1966, Dylan came to the city to record some music he had been working on. These recordings would later become Blonde on Blonde, one of Dylan's, and America's, most cherished albums.
Johnny Cash and Dylan rekindled their friendship in Music City and Cash wrote the Grammy-winning liner notes for his album Nashville Skyline. Cash had already established himself as a Grand Ole Opry vet and was using his stardom to shine light on other talented musicians through his music show. The Johnny Cash Show, shot at Ryman Auditorium, began filling holes in Nashville’s music scene, bridging gaps between country and rock, and leading the way the city and the world experienced Nashville’s music.
The Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame explores their story and many more from A-list musicians of the 1960 country era including Neil Young, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, and the Byrds. You'll see Dylan's Mahogany 1949 Martin 00-17, original acetates from Blonde on Blonde, Ron Cornelius’s Gretsch Country Gentleman electric, and learn a heaping about one of Nashville's most influential cultural turning points.
Accompanying the opening of the new exhibit, CMHOF will host lectures and activities over the weekend:
Saturday, March 28:
Songwriter Session: Ketch and Critter (of Old Crow Medicine Show) 11:30 a.m. Learn More.
Curator Talk: Dylan Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City: From Idea to Exhibition 12:30 p.m. Learn More.
Family Program: Reimagined Album Covers: The Byrds’ Sweethearts of the Rodeo. 12:30 p.m. Learn More.
Listen to the Band: The Nashville Cats in Concert with Special Guests Deana Carter, Steve Young, Jon Langford, Tracy Nelson, and Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua (from Old Crow Medicine Show) 2:00 p.m. Learn More.
Sunday, March 29:
Harmonica Demonstrations: Charlie McCoy. 1:00 p.m. Learn More.
Film screening: The Johnny Cash Show: Episode 1 Featuring Bob Dylan (1969) 2:00 p.m. Learn More.
Saturday, April 4:
Family Program: Songwriting 101: Johnny Cash Style 12:30 p.m. Learn More.
Conversation: Songs From A Room: The Nashville Works of Dylan and Cohen with Ron Cornelius and Charlie Daniels 2:00 p.m. Learn More.