Bob Dylan. Neil Young. Leonard Cohen. The Byrds. Paul McCartney. Ringo Starr. Joan Baez. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. J.J. Cale. Linda Ronstadt. Leon Russell. Gordon Lightfoot. Steve Miller. Ian & Sylvia. The Monkees. Simon & Garfunkel. All were among the many rock and folk artists who came to Nashville in the late 1960s and early ’70s to work with the city’s versatile, hotshot session musicians, the Nashville Cats. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum next week opens a major exhibition, Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, exploring the magical time. Dylan’s decision to record in Nashville provided a major catalyst in bringing many others to what must have seemed a very unlikely destination in the politically polarized ’60s. In spite of its reputation among hipsters as a conservative town, Nashville, in fact, was home to musicians who had a huge influence on other music scenes of the era.
Details: countrymusichalloffame.org or 615-416-2001.
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