The Best Fest returns to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for the two-night Dylan Fest starting May 23.
The shows will commemorate Bob Dylan’s 76th birthday and the anniversary of 1967’s John Wesley Harding album.
The night will feature live Dylan tributes by several country, Americana and rock acts including Wynonna & The Big Noise, Elle King, Shakey Graves, Duane Eddy, Valerie June, Boz Scaggs, Shooter Jennings, Anderson East, The Watson Twins, Jonathan Tyler, Paul Cauthen, The Texas Gentlemen, Hamilton Leithauser, Moon Taxi, Richard Hawley, Butch Walker, Karen Elson, Langhorne Slim, The Weeks, Rayland Baxter, Bones Owens, Danny Masterson, The Whigs, Gill Landry, Lauren Shera, Shelly Colvin, Odessa, Midlake’s Eric Pulido and Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom.
The house band for the night will be the Cabin Down Below Band, a collective of Nashville, New York and Los Angeles musicians featuring Austin Scaggs, Alex Levy, Matt Romano and others.
Proceeds will support the non-profit, the Refuge Foundation for the Arts. Cory Chisel and his longtime collaborator Adriel Denae founded the Appleton, Wisconsin facility in 2016 to offer rising musicians studio and rehearsal space, album production, career development, touring strategies, post-residency partnership development and access to a curation team made up of career artists and industry professionals. Tickets go on sale Friday (April 21).
The 2016 Dylan Fest featured performances by Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves, Emmylou Harris, Nikki Lane, Holly Williams and Charlie McCoy.