Bob Dylan ‘Bootleg Series’ Features Johnny Cash Sessions


Bob Dylan‘s latest Bootleg Series volume focuses on previously unavailable recordings made with Johnny Cash. Bob Dylan (featuring Johnny Cash) – Travelin’ Thru, 1967 – 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 is due on Columbia/Legacy Recordings on November 1.

The 3CD and 3LP set features recordings Dylan made in Nashville between 1967 and 1969. The collection includes previously unreleased tracks from the sessions held for Dylan’s albums John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait.

Here’s what’s on each of the three discs:

Disc One of Travelin’ Thru, 1967 – 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 finds Dylan in Columbia’s Studio A in Nashville recording alternate versions of compositions written for John Wesley Harding (October 17 and November 6, 1967) and Nashville Skyline (February 13-14, 1969) while introducing a new song “Western Road” (a Nashville Skyline outtake).

Discs Two and Three of Travelin’ Thru are centered around Dylan’s collaborations with American music icon Johnny Cash including the much sought-after Columbia Studio A sessions and on-stage performances at the Ryman Auditorium (May 1, 1969) for the recording of the premiere episode of The Johnny Cash Show (originally broadcast on ABC-TV on June 7, 1969).

Disc Three closes with tracks recorded on May 17, 1970, with Grammy Award-winning bluegrass banjo legend Earl Scruggs for the PBS television special, Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends (originally aired January 1971).


Find details of the 50-track collection here. Listen to “Tell Me That It Isn’t True (Take 2)” from the February 14, 1969 Nashville Skyline session held at Nashville’s Columbia Studio A below: