Nashville Skyline is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in April 1969 by Columbia Records.
Building on the rustic style he experimented with on John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline displayed a complete immersion into country music.
Along with the more basic lyrical themes, simple songwriting structures, and charming domestic feel, it introduced audiences to a radically new singing voice from Dylan—a soft, affected country croon.
The result received a generally positive reaction from critics, and was a commercial success.
Reaching number 3 in the US, the album also scored Dylan his fourth UK number 1 album.
As he would later write, by 1969, Dylan was growing more frustrated by his lack of privacy.
Relocating his family failed to deter fans from intruding on his property and he became increasingly wary of how other residents viewed him. ˝The neighbors hated us˝, Dylan recalled. ˝To them, it must’ve seemed like I was something out of a carnival show.˝
To his chagrin, the press continued to promote him as the spokesman of his generation. ˝I wasn’t the toastmaster of any generation˝, Dylan wrote, ˝and that notion needed to be pulled up by its roots.˝
Bob Dylan – guitar, harmonica, keyboards, vocals
Norman Blake – guitar, dobro
Kenneth A. Buttrey – drums
Johnny Cash – vocals
Fred Carter, Jr. - guitar
Charlie Daniels – bass guitar, guitar
Pete Drake – pedal steel guitar
Marshall Grant – bass guitar on ˝Girl from North Country˝
W.S. Holland – drums on ˝Girl from North Country˝
Charlie McCoy – guitar, harmonica
Bob Wilson – organ, piano
Bob Wootton – electric guitar on ˝Girl from North Country˝