Episode 5: The Ballad of Bob and J.R.

We wish you a happy and prosperous 2016! Thank you for listening.

A quick prologue: we stop by the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, where they opened up a very cool exhibit in March of 2015.

Then we move on to Newport, Rhode Island, where Pete Seeger is about to introduce Johnny Cash, an established country star playing for the first time to a folk festival audience. After a rough beginning, the show goes very well.

Afterwards, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan—mutual fans—meet for the first time and begin a lifelong friendship.

We then spend some time getting to know the Man in Black; we learn about the family tragedy that moved J.R. Cash to write and make music. We find out the real origins of “Folsom Prison Blues.”

We leave Johnny Cash in Memphis for the meantime, and head north to Hibbing, Minnesota and check in on young Robert Allen Zimmerman. As a teen, Bobby is a leather-jacketed Rock N Roll rebel; but he takes on a new name and identity when he discovers folk music as a freshman at the University of Minnesota. He hears Woody Guthrie, decides he has to meet him, and makes his way to New York City to do just that.

We use the lives and music of these two legends to tell about the events of the early Sixties in America. Bob Dylan plays before a tiny crowd in Mississippi and a huge one in Washington DC. Johnny Cash heads to the Far East on a USO tour and hears ominous rumors of new war brewing. And more.

We also talk about that whole Bob Dylan: Voice of a Generation thing.

We end up back where we started. It’s one year later, at Newport, summer of 1965. Bob Dylan plugs in, and Rock N Roll will never be the same.

Another side of Bob Dylan? We think it’s the TRUE side of Bob Dylan. But you can draw your own conclusions.

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Songs from Episode 5

Bob Dylan: “Walking Down the Line,” from The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare And Unreleased) 1961-1991, 1994 Sony/BMG Records

Johnny Cash, “Walking the Blues,” from The Fabulous Johnny Cash, 1958, Columbia Records

Bob Dylan: “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” from Bringing it All Back Home, 1965 Columbia Records

Pete Seeger: “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy,” from Waist Deep in the Big Muddy and Other Love Songs,1967 Columbia Records

Johnny Cash: “Big River,” single released 1958, Sun Records

Johnny Cash: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” from Orange Blossom Special, 1965 Columbia Records

Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, (Written by Hank Snow): “I’m Movin’ On,” from Out Among the Stars, 2014 Legacy Records

Johnny Cash and the Cash Family: “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” from 20 Songs of Faith, 2014 K-Tel Records

Johnny Cash: “I’ve Been Everywhere,” from American II: Unchained, 1996 American/Warner Bros. Records

Gordon Jenkins: “Crescent City Blues,” from Seven Dreams, 1953 Decca Records

Eddie Cochran: “Summertime Blues,”

Bob Dylan: “With God on Our Side” from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1963 Columbia Records

Johnny Cash: “Cry, Cry, Cry,” from Johnny Cash and his Hot and Blue Guitar, 1957 Sun Records

Johnny Cash: “Folsom Prison Blues,” from Johnny Cash and his Hot and Blue Guitar, 1957 Sun Records

Johnny Cash: “Get Rhythm” single released (B-Side) 1956, Sun Records

Johnny Cash: “I Walk The Line,” from Johnny Cash and his Hot and Blue Guitar, 1957 Sun Records

Johnny Cash: “Ring of Fire” from Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash, 1963 Columbia Records

Bob Dylan: “House of the Rising Sun,” from Bob Dylan, 1962 Columbia Records

Bob Dylan: “Song to Woody,” from Bob Dylan, 1962 Columbia Records

Bob Dylan: “Talkin’ New York Blues,” from Bob Dylan, 1962 Columbia Records

Bob Dylan: “Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall,” from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1963 Columbia Records

Bob Dylan: “Blowin’ in the Wind,” from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1963 Columbia Records

Bob Dylan: “Oxford Town,” from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1963 Columbia Records

Bob Dylan: “Only a Pawn in Their Game,” from The Times They Are A-Changin’, 1964 Columbia Records

Bob Dylan: “Like a Rolling Stone,” from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965 Columbia Records

The Byrds: “Mr. Tambourine Man” (Written by Bob Dylan), from Mr. Tambourine Man, 1965 Columbia Records

Jimi Hendrix: “All Along the Watchtower” (Written by Bob Dylan), from Electric Ladyland, 1968 Reprise Records

Manfred Mann: “The Mighty Quinn” (Written by Bob Dylan), from The Mighty Quinn, 1968 Fontana Records

Guns N’ Roses: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (Written by Bob Dylan), from Use Your Illusion II, 1992 Geffen Records

Beck: “Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat” (Written by Bob Dylan), from War Child Presents: Heroes, 2009 Astralwerks Records

Rage Against the Machine: “Maggie’s Farm” (Written by Bob Dylan), from Renegades, 2000 Epic Records


Bob Dylan: “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” from Bringing it All Back Home, 1965 Columbia Records Books

Dawidoff, Nicholas (1997): In the Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music

Dylan, Bob (2004): Chronicles, Volume 1

Guralnick, Peter (2015): Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock N Roll

Guthrie, Woody (1943): Bound for Glory

Hentoff, Nat (2010): Fifty years of Playboy Interviews: Bob Dylan (Note: interviews first published in 1968 and 1976)

Hilburn, Robert (2014): Johnny Cash: The Life

Prial, Dunstan (2006): The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music

Rotolo, Suze (2004): A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties

Shelton, Bob: (1986, revised 2010): No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan


The Wild One, directed by Laszlo Benedek, 1953 Columbia Pictures

Walk The Line, directed by James Mangold, 2005 Twentieth Century Fox

No Direction Home, directed by Martin Scorsese, 2005 Paramount Pictures

The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, directed by Murray Lerner, 2007 BBC Films

Online Sources, by Topic in Order of Appearance

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville: http://countrymusichalloffame.org

Reviews of the Dylan & Cash and the Nashville Cats Exhibit:



Huntington's Disease Society of America: http://hdsa.org

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