Original Nashville Cats David Briggs, Mac Gayden, Lloyd Green, Kenny Malone, Wayne Moss, and Norbert Putnam, led by Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy, come back together for a 2015 concert celebrating an influential musical era and its two pivotal stars, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. The A-list studio musicians—who helped inspire Dylan, Neil Young, Joan Baez, Paul McCartney, and Leonard Cohen to record in Nashville in the late 1960s and early 1970s—back guest vocalists Deana Carter, Jon Langford, Tracy Nelson, Steve Young, and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua.
McCoy opens the show with a classic Bill Monroe instrumental, noting that several members of the eight-piece all-star house band played together in the band Area Code 615 in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He introduces Mac Gayden, who performs J.J. Cale's "Crazy Mama" (a recording he contributed to) alongside his daughter, Oceana. Mac Gayden also sings the biggest hit he co-wrote, "Everlasting Love."
Other performances include Carter (daughter of late Nashville Cat Fred Carter Jr.) leading Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer" and Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night"; Steve Young singing one of his classics, "Seven Bridges Road," and Dylan's "Crash on the Levee"; Jon Langford paying tribute to Johnny Cash with "Cocaine Blues" and "Folsom Prison Blues"; and Secor and Fuqua contributing to Cash’s "I Still Miss Someone" and Dylan’s “I Want You.” Tracy Nelson, who performed in the 1960s rock band Mother Earth, offers a performance of "Got a New Truck" (a track she co-wrote with Marcia Ball), and the Hank Williams classic, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," which appears on her classic country album.
The concert ends with an instrumental version of the Beatles' "Lady Madonna" performed by the house band, and the Carter Family's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," with all the featured vocalists returning to the stage to perform.
Presented in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition "Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City" (March 27, 2015, through December 31, 2016).
Find out more about our public programming: https://countrymusichalloffame.org/plan-your-visit/exhibits-activities/public-programs/
Explore the exhibition “Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City,” adapted for an online audience: https://countrymusichalloffame.org/exhibit/dylan-cash-and-the-nashville-cats-a-new-music-city/
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