This week more than 30 musicians met in Nashville to honor Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday by performing at the 13th annual Dylan Fest. Among those musicians were Kesha, Kurt Vile, Emmylou Harris, Wynona Judd — and Denton’s own Eric Pulido.
Pulido has been a member of famed Denton band Midlake for 15
“It's kind of a motley crew of folks that go to these things and honor the person who is being tributed,” Pulido says. “
Alex Levy, Austin Scaggs and Matt Romano started Dylan Fest in
Accompanied by Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson, Pulido performed “Tangled Up in Blue” from Dylan's 1975 album, Blood on the Track. Pulido returned to participated in the group cover of “You Ain’t Going Nowhere,” originally performed by Dylan and the Band on the 1975 release of The Basement Tapes, which closed out the concert.
“We did it both nights,” Pulido says. “When you get up for the group songs, you never know who's going to be right there next to you singing on a microphone. I didn’t know Wynonna Judd at all, who was right there next to me with shakers. John Paul White from the Civil Wars, Wynonna and I were all on the same mic.”
Pulido says that the experience is always fun. This wasn’t his first Fest experience, either. In fact, he has played Petty Fest and a Stones Fest before, too. “It's a cool thing to see huge artists hang
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Pulido got back Wednesday morning from the two-day festival that took place at the Ryman Auditorium. “For me, [being on] the lower part of the totem pole of all these artists, I’m just like pinching myself,” Pulido says. “It's so cool to be here. I'm honored to be
Dylan was not in attendance, though. “I don’t know if anyone who’s been honored has ever come to the event,” Pulido admits.
“It was really special, and cool to see that community artist vibe,” Pulido said. He’ll get to have another experience later this year when he travels to Europe for a Nick Drake Tribute. “I sometimes find myself in scenarios where I’m like 'I’m not supposed to be here, and I just hope no one figures it out,'” he jokes.