Dylan Disc by Disc • Panel Discussion with Author Jon Bream, 2015
Current Exhibits • 1h 27m
For his book “Dylan: Disc by Disc,” music critic and author Jon Bream talked with fifty-five musicians, journalists, and scholars about every album recorded by Bob Dylan. Here, Bream hosts a conversation about the albums Dylan recorded in Nashville, including “Blonde on Blonde,” “John Wesley Harding,” and “Nashville Skyline.” The panel includes singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman, steel guitarist Pete Finney (guest curator of the Museum exhibition “Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City”), author Holly George-Warren, music journalist Geoffrey Himes, and recording artist Robyn Hitchcock.
Finney begins the discussion by explaining the circumstances of Bob Dylan first recording in Nashville, in 1966, after making his previous albums in New York. Panelists describe the contributions that Nashville session musicians such as Charlie McCoy and Kenny Buttrey made to Dylan’s albums in the late 1960s, and how well the Nashville musicians worked with keyboardist Al Kooper and guitarist Robbie Robertson—the pair of New York-based players Dylan brought with him.
Hitchcock, who hails from England, speaks about the allure Nashville had for him once he heard the music Dylan made there. George-Warren talks about Dylan’s friendship and collaborations with Johnny Cash in the 1960s. And Chapman, who was a student at Vanderbilt in the late ’60s, describes what Nashville was like during that period. The panelists also weigh in on how Bob Dylan changed Nashville, and how Nashville changed Dylan.
Presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association during its annual conference, and in support of the exhibition "Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City" (March 27, 2015, through December 31, 2016).
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