is a shapeshifter. He’s worn many hats throughout his career—rock star, folk crooner, musical intellectual and political troubadour—and 50 years ago, he unexpectedly added country singer to that list. Dylan released Nashville Skyline, one of the most noteworthy style deviations in his discography, on April 9, 1969, and it ranks high among the best albums of that year. It features the suggestive hit “Lay, Lady, Lay,” Bob Dylan’s finest drawl and a reworked version of his 1963 tune “Girl From The North Country” featuring the country king himself, Johnny Cash.
Dylan is commemorating the album’s anniversary by announcing plans for a new distillery in conjunction with his whiskey company, Heaven’s Door. Set to open in fall 2020 in the renovated 160-year-old Elm Street Church in Downtown Nashville, per a news release, the Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts will feature a craft distillery, restaurant, performance venue, displays of Dylan’s own paintings and sculptures and a whiskey library, which sounds way more fun than a regular library.
Below, watch Dylan perform “Girl From The North Country” live in Oakland, Calif., in 1988 via the Paste vault. Further down, hear him sing “Lay, Lady, Lay” while on tour with The Band in 1974. Keep scrolling for a look at the plans for the new Heaven’s Door distillery.