Hello, “NASHVILLE SKYLINE” is the legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan’s ninth studio album. It was released on Columbia Records in 1969. His album was a departure from his past works and was in the style he experimented with on “John Wesley Harding”. Nashville Skyline was a complete jump into country music. The music was simple and charming and introduced the world to a new singing voice from Dylan—a soft country-style, but yet, pure Dylan.
Nashville Skyline met with mostly positive reviews from the critics at the time. It was a commercial success, at 27 minutes, its Dylan’s shortest album. The album reached #3 in America and became Dylan’s 4th #1 album in the UK.
Nashville Skyline featured a duet with Johnny Cash “GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY” and included some great Nashville talent, Pete Drake on Pedal steel guitar, Charlie Daniels, bass guitar, Charlie McCoy on Guitar and Harmonica, Earl Scruggs-5 string banjo, just to name a few. There were also three single records from the album: 1-“I THREW IT ALL AWAY”, #85 in the US AND #30 in the UK, “LAY LADY LAY”,#7 in the US and #5 in the UK and “TONIGHT I’LL BE STAYING HERE WITH YOU”, #50 in the US.
“LAY LADY LAY” turned out to be one of Dylan’s biggest hit pop hits. Did you know?, “Lay Lady Lay” was originally written for the movie “Midnight Cowboy” but Dylan did not deliver it in time to be included in the movie score. He didn’t want to release the song as a single record but at the insistence of Columbia Records president Clive Davis, he approved it for release and “Lay Lady Lay” became his biggest single record in 3 years.
Helped by an appearance on “The Johnny Cash Show” in June of 1969, “Nashville Skyline” went on to become on of Dylan’s best-selling albums. That in it self is a statement to the man who is the “voice of his generation” and a writer who has no boundaries.