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Judd plays Dylan Fest, tours

Monday, May 2, 2016 – Wynonna will play at both performances for "Dylan Fest Nashville," a musical celebration of Bob Dylan's 75th birthday at the Ryman Auditorium on May 23 and 24, as part of her summer tour plans.

Judd will be at the Dylan shows alongside Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves and Nikki Lane and more.

Judd said she has a personal connection to Dylan. "Years ago, Bob Dylan wrote me a song and I have never forgotten that. I still have it...I kept it as a treasure. He is a poet. He is relevant to every generation because he's authentic. He has never conformed to musical fads and has always maintained a true sense of self. He's a stylist. You know whose record it is three second in. He's timeless...I'm looking so forward to celebrating him."

Cactus Moser, Wynonna's producer, longtime drummer and husband who leadsThe Big Noise, said, "To be on the Dylan Fest is a 40-year dream come true. His 'Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid' and 'Time Out Of Mind' albums are two of my great influences. He's The American Icon influence for all of us '70s kids."

Judd continues on the road throughout the summer with headlining shows and various festival performances, including the Red Ants Pants Music Festival (lineup mates include The Lone Bellow, Hurray for the Riff Raff and The Mavericks), Faster Horses Music Festival (alongside Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Gary Allan) and Live Oak Music Festival (Sarah Jarosz, James McMurtry and Jay Farrar).

"There is always a really joyful and celebratory vibe of outdoor shows," said Judd. "The freedom of being outdoors allows my spirit to fly."

"To be on festivals this summer like Red Ants Pants with artists we are fans of as well as friends with is the best summer vacation," said Moser. "The Mavericks and Ray Wiley Hubbard just to name a couple! Delighted."

Upcoming tour dates are:
May 6 Louisville, KY Galt House Hotel (Unbridled Eve Gala)
May 23-24 Nashville, TN Dylan Fest @ Ryman Auditorium
May 28 Charles Town, WV Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
June 4 West Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall
June 17 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
June 18 Big Bear Lake, CA The Cave
June 19 Santa Barbara, CA Live Oak Music Festival
July 15 Brooklyn, MI Faster Horses Music Festival
July 22 Renfro Valley, KY Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
July 23 Branson, MO The Mansion Theatre
July 24 Emporia, KS Emporia Granada Theatre
July 30 White Sulfur Springs, MT Red Ants Pants Music Festival

Currently at Americana radio is the co-penned Chris Stapleton song "Ain't No Thing," the latest single from Judd's "Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise" CD, which dropped in February.

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