Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum To Open 'Dylan, Cash, And The Nashville Cats' Exhibit In 2015
October 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM (PT)
The COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM will open their next major exhibition, "DYLAN, CASH, AND THE NASHVILLE CATS: A NEW MUSIC CITY," on FRIDAY, MARCH 27th, 2015. The exhibition will enjoy a nearly two-year run at the MUSEUM.
BOB DYLAN, NEIL YOUNG, PAUL MCCARTNEY, the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND, LINDA RONSTADT, THE MONKEES and many more were among the Rock and Folk artists who came to NASHVILLE in the late '60s and early '70s to work with session musicians the NASHVILLE CATS. DYLAN's decision to record in NASHVILLE, in spite of its reputation as a conservative town, provided a catalyst in bringing many other acts to the city to record.
"NASHVILLE has always been a more nuanced music center than it commonly gets credit for, and the same thing could be said for the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM," explained MUSEUM Dir. KYLE YOUNG. "We strive to tell the full story of Country music's evolving history using a mix of provocative learning experiences, and this exhibit is a great opportunity to talk about the early confluence of Country and Rock. DYLAN recorded 'Blonde on Blonde' here. NEIL YOUNG recorded 'Harvest,' and the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND created 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken.' Albums like these had a profound influence on popular music as well as establishing NASHVILLE as a music hub and cool Southern city with a sense of place."
Many of the artists who followed DYLAN's lead and made the trip to NASHVILLE to record had the opportunity to work with world-class musicians, yielding some of those artists' most successful or influential albums thanks to the accomplished players from a core group of NASHVILLE studio musicians known as the NASHVILLE CATS. The group included CHARLIE DANIELS, CHARLIE MCCOY, JERRY REED, DAVID BRIGGS, KENNY BUTTREY, and others. Between 1966 and 1974, while also contributing to countless Country classics, the NASHVILLE CATS played on landmark Pop and Rock songs.
"DYLAN, CASH, AND THE NASHVILLE CATS" opens MARCH 27th, 2015 and will run through DECEMBER 31st, 2016, telling the story of how Country music influenced myriad of genres and brought people together during a time of cultural and political division by finding common ground through music.