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Country Music Hall of Fame to stage free concert

Jun 25 | Posted by: Ana Cristina

The Tennessean: This summer, the Country Music Hall of Fame will celebrate the release of “Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City,” a two-CD companion to the exhibit of the same name, by throwing a free concert downtown.

The evening of July 7, Fifth Avenue between Demonbreun Street and Korean Veterans Boulevard will be packed with food trucks (and food and drinks from Baja Sexto Taco, which is at the museum), face painters, balloon artists and other family-friendly activities.

The lineup of performers features Charlie McCoyNitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Jeff HannaJohn Carter Cash and Ana CristinaRadney FosterKathy Mattea,Michael NesmithJamie HartfordJason RingenbergBritt RonstadtAl Kooper,Tracy NelsonMac Gayden and Norbert PutnamThe Long Players, led by Bill Lloyd, will serve as the house band. The concert, hosted by Chris Lucky and Whit Huber of Hippie Radio, begins at 6 p.m.; the first 500 attendees will receive a commemorative Hatch Show Print poster.

The “Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats” album, which will be released on June 16, features 36 tracks, including an unreleased version of Bob Dylan’s “If Not for You,” as well as performances from The ByrdsKris KristoffersonEarl ScruggsGeorge HarrisonJohn HartfordJoan Baez and Steve Goodman, among many others.

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