Kesha Performs ‘I Shall Be Released’ in Another Bob Dylan Tribute

Her song choice seemed to make a bolder statement in light of the ongoing legal action she's taken against Dr. Luke.

By Hayden Wright

Just one day after Kesha’s cover of “It Ain’t Me, Babe” mesmerized audiences at the Billboard Music Awards, she flew to Nashville to perform another Dylan tune. She sang “I Shall Be Released” at Dylan Fest, a two-day concert dedicated to the folk-rock icon on his 75th birthday. This time, her song choice seemed to make a bolder statement in light of the ongoing legal action she’s taken against Kemosabe Records and her producer, Dr. Luke—whom she’s accused of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

Related: Kesha Performs Stirring Bob Dylan Cover at Billboard Awards

“Down here next to me in this lonely crowd / Is a man who swears he’s not to blame,” the song goes. “All day long I hear him cry so loud / Calling out that he was framed.”

“I see my light come shining / From the west unto the east,” the lyrics continue. “Any day now, any day now
I shall be released.”

Dylan Fest included performances by Emmylou Harris, Wynonna Judd, Ann Wilson and other Nashville fixtures. Other songs on the setlist included “All Along the Watchtower,” “Not Dark Yet,” and “Just Like a Woman.”

Watch Kesha’s latest powerful performance here:

 

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