Bob Dylan's early records always hinted at an appreciation for country music, but never as potently as John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline, two albums that doubled down on Tennessee twang and crisp, story-based songwriting. Dylan even adopted a new singing style for the occasion, filling Nashville Skyline with a gentle croon more suitable for a back-porch picking session than a rock & roll show. "Lay Lady Lay" remains timeless, but it's "Girl From the North Country" — his loose duet with Johnny Cash — that stands as Dylan's most countryfied moment to date. — A.L.
Listen: "Girl From the North Country"