On July 7th, Nashville paid tribute to one of its most celebrated eras with a night of free music at the Country Music Hall of Fame to celebrate Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, a two-disc audio companion to the exhibit of the same name. It features a previously unreleased version of Bob Dylan’s “If Not for You” and 35 other essential tracks.
…One aspect of Bob Dylan’s time spent in Nashville that is well covered by the Hall 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 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.”
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Julie Christensen, Charlie McCoy, Ana Cristina, John Carter Cash, Kathy Mattea, Tracy Nelson, Jason Ringenberg, and Jeff Hanna perform during the “Dylan, Cash, And The Nashville Cats: A New Music City” album release concert at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on July 7, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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