Nashville Skyline Rag

Album: Nashville Skyline (1969)

Songfacts®:

  • The second song on Nashville Skyline, "Nashville Skyline Rag" comes across as a statement intended to make sure the audience understands that they are about to hear an honest-to-God country album, something completely unexpected from Bob Dylan at that time.
    It's true ragtime.

    The song starts with Dylan on harmonica (and possibly acoustic guitar) and then has the other band members come in, one by one, on their respective instruments.
  • Charlie Daniels played guitar on this tack, and Pete Drake played pedal steel guitar. Norman Blake was on the dobro.
  • This earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Music Instrumental. Dylan denied any award-winning ambitions, saying he simply recorded it for fun.

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