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

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


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2015
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888750665522
catalogNumber: 506655
Rank: 6925


Disc 1

  1. Absolutely Sweet Marie
  2. Harpoon Man
  3. It Ain't Me Babe
  4. Down In the Flood
  5. The Way I Feel
  6. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  7. You Ain't Going Nowhere
  8. This Wheel's on Fire
  9. Gentle On My Mind
  10. Some of Shelly's Blues
  11. Turn Around
  12. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  13. If You Don't Like Hank Williams
  14. Bird On the Wire
  15. Hickory Wind
  16. Blowing Down That Dusty Road
  17. The Boxer
  18. Stone Fox Chase
  19. Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Disc 2

  1. Girl From the North Country
  2. Driftin' Way of Life
  3. Behind That Locked Door
  4. Beaucoups of Blues
  5. Going To the Country
  6. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  7. City of New Orleans
  8. Blue River
  9. Heart of Gold
  10. If Not for You [Ve
  11. Crazy Mama
  12. Seven Bridges Road
  13. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  14. Silver Wings
  15. A Six Pack To Go
  16. Sally G
  17. Matchbox

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
John Hartford   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer,Producer
Hank Thompson   Composer
Ian Tyson   Producer
Steve Young   Composer
Eric Andersen   Composer
Leonard Cohen   Composer
Steve Goodman   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer,Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Art Garfunkel   Producer
George Harrison   Composer,Producer
Paul McCartney   Composer,Producer
Michael Nesmith   Composer,Producer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Leon Russell   Producer
Paul Simon   Composer,Producer
Neil Young   Composer,Producer
Tracy Nelson   Liner Notes
Rick Danko   Composer
Pete Drake   Producer
Mac Gayden   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Phil Spector   Producer
Audie Ashworth   Producer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Denny Cordell   Producer
John Court   Producer
Fred Foster   Producer
Roy Halee   Producer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Jack Lothrop   Producer
Elliot Mazer   Producer
Linda McCartney   Composer
Steve Miller   Composer,Producer
Norbert Putnam   Producer
Paul Tannen   Producer
Gary Usher   Producer
J.J. Walker   Composer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Travis Rivers   Producer
Charlie McCoy   Photo Courtesy
Pete Finney   Song Notes
Diane Gayden   Photo Courtesy
Scott Moore   Producer
Michael Gray   Song Notes
Sam Charters   Producer
William E. McEuen   Producer
Charlie McCoy & the Escorts   Composer
Dolph Briscoe   Photo Courtesy
Jon Langford   Illustrations,Cover Painting

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