The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibit “Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City,” which opened in March 2015, has been extended through Dec. 31, 2017. It was originally scheduled to close on New Year’s Eve.
The exhibit has been one of the most popular in museum history, “a testament not only to the enduring legacies of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, but also to the technical prowess and creative genius of the Nashville Cats,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in The Tennessean.
A portion of the exhibit highlights Bob Dylan’s friendship with Johnny Cash, and focuses on how Cash bridged the cultural gap between Nashville’s old guard and the musical outsiders who came to town in Dylan’s wake. One means for doing so was Cash’s network TV show. The Johnny Cash Show was shot at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and became an outlet for country artists and for folk, pop and rock musicians trying to reach new audiences. Dylan and Joni Mitchell were guests on the first show.