("Exploring the Classics" (ETC) is an ongoing series in which I highlight and discuss an album from country music's past that is of particular noteworthiness due to general acclaim, influence, historical import, commercial success, or some combination thereof. While in many instances I'll be revisiting albums with which I've long been familiar, in others I'll be experiencing these works for the first time. What albums count as "noteworthy" is obviously highly subjective and determined at my discretion, but I'm not too strict about it. I do, however, feel that these are the works that tell the story of country music and all of its many roots and branches.)
I know what you're thinking. Bob Dylan? Everybody knows that Dylan is folk, or rock. What am I doing covering him on a country music website?
Nashville Skyline is widely seen as Dylan's "country" album. While Dylan began to introduce country elements into his music with 1967's John Wesley Harding, it was this album that represented his true foray into the genre. While hardly anyone would categorize this album as being among Dylan's best work, it is a great album in its own right. And given that Bob has been in the news a lot lately due to his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, I thought now was as good a time as any to cover him.