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Kacey Musgraves, Kesha, Emmylou Harris and Jason Isbell were among the artists paying tribute to Bob Dylan in Nashville

Kacey Musgraves, Dylan Fest

Kacey Musgraves poses backstage at Dylan Fest, a two-night celebration of Bob Dylan, in Nashville.

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In honor of his 75th birthday on May 24th, the music of Bob Dylan was celebrated over two nights this week in Nashville on the hallowed stage of the Ryman Auditorium. Artists from all genres — from Kesha and Kacey Musgraves to Ann Wilson and Jason Isbell — performed some of Dylan's most well-known songs, as well as deeper cuts to satisfy even the most passionate of Dylan-ologists. Here's our exclusive gallery of all the backstage action. (All photos by Joseph Llanes.)

Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Dylan Fest

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Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires

Jason Isbell and wife Amanda Shires posed immediately after walking offstage, where they performed a three-song Dylan mini-set, including "Tweeter & the Monkey Man" and Shires' epic take on "Hurricane."

Emmylou Harris, Dylan Fest

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Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris was the picture of grace as she lounged in her dressing room prior to performing "Every Grain of Sand" and joining Ann Wilson and Wynonna for "Ring Them Bells."

Brothers Osborne, Dylan Fest

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Brothers Osborne

TJ and John Osborne, of Brothers Osborne, had a special guest in the house: their father, who flew down especially for the show from their home state of Maryland. 

Butch Walker, Dylan Fest

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Butch Walker

Butch Walker turned in the most punk-rock performance of the night, with a blistering "From a Buick 6," off Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited.

Kurt Vile, Dylan Fest

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Kurt Vile

Philadelphia singer-songwriter Kurt Vile found some quiet space to look over the lyrics to "North Country Blues" backstage.

Ruby Amanfu, Dylan Fest

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Ruby Amanfu

Big-voiced singer Ruby Amanfu, who contributed backing vocals to Beyoncé's Lemonade album, received a boisterous standing ovation for her performance of "Not Dark Yet."

Tommy Emmanuel, Dylan Fest

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Tommy Emmanuel

Master guitarist Tommy Emmanuel warmed up in the green room room before playing the instrumental "Nashville Skyline Rag."

Kacey Musgraves, Misa Arriaga, Dylan Fest

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Kacey Musgraves & Misa Arriaga

Kacey Musgraves and her bandmate and boyfriend Misa Arriaga decompressed after collaborating on "Don't Think Twice It's Alright."

Dhani Harrison

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Dhani Harrison

"Baby Let Me Follow You Down" was an early highlight of Dylan Fest, ferociously delivered by Dhani Harrison, who, despite a flat brim, looked every bit like his father George.

Wynonna, Dylan Fest

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Wynonna & the Big Noise

Wynonna Judd and her raucous band the Big Noise, including her husband Cactus Moser, posed in the dressing room just moments before hitting the stage with "Million Miles."

Langhorne Slim, Hugh Masterson

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Langhorne Slim & Hugh Masterson

Langhorne Slim, who sang "Wallflower," chatted with Hugh Masterson, of Hugh Bob and the Hustle, backstage at the Ryman.

Caleb Followill, the Whigs, Dylan Fest

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Caleb Followill & the Whigs

Members of the Whigs, who played "I Want You," caught up with Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill and Liam O'Neill in the halls of the Ryman. 

Eric Pulido, Danny Masterson, Dylan Fest

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Eric Pulido & Danny Masterson

Danny Masterson, of the new Netflix series The Ranch, and Eric Pulido, of the band Midlake, performed Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue" with Masterson's wife Bijou Phillips.

Nikki Lane, Hugh Masterson, Dylan Fest

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Corey Chisel, Nikki Lane & Hugh Masterson

Corey Chisel takes a bite out of Nikki Lane, as she and Hugh Bob catch up in the wings of the Ryman.

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