In 1965, tradition was on the run. Bob Dylan plugged in his guitar at the Newport Folk Festival, electrifying half of his audience, and electrocuting the other half, as music historian John Gilliland put it. Houston’s National League baseball team began playing its home games inside the air-conditioned confines of the Astrodome. And in Crewe, […]
Show Notes: Rev. Robert Wilkins, Newport, 1964 The Newport Folk Festival is an annual folk-oriented music festival in Newport, Rhode Island, which began in 1959 as a counterpart to the previously established Newport Jazz Festival. The Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 by George Wein, founder of the already-well-established Newport Jazz Festival, backed by […]
Show Notes: Mississippi John Hurt performs at the Newport Folk Festival in July, 1964 The Newport Folk Festival is an annual folk-oriented music festival in Newport, Rhode Island, which began in 1959 as a counterpart to the previously established Newport Jazz Festival. The Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 by George Wein, founder […]
In his long career, Bob Dylan has gone through many phases—there’s the acoustic Greenwich Village folk scene, then he famously went electric at Newport before becoming a born-again Christian, a plagiarizer of a book about the Lewinsky affair, and of course, biding a stint as a Victoria’s Secret spokesperson. Show More Summary
When the e-mail arrived confirming my press credentials for the Newport Folk Festival, I did a little dance around my living room. Not only is this the holy grail of music festivals (you may remember an incident with Bob Dylan and an electric guitar in 1965…), but I have been not-so- patiently waiting 12 years […]
With his days in the blues-rock duo White Stripes now comfortably behind him, Jack White has become a bit of a generational connector. He’s paid homage to country, blues and rock legends, yet he keeps winning new fans. When he stepped on to the stage at Newport Folk Fest, the standing area at the front […]
Ryan Adams really summed up the 2014 Newport Folk Fest experience well when he said, “”Like ten years ago I was depressed and now I’m playing music with &$%ing sailboats in the background.” The setting at the legendary festival is literally one of the most beautiful spots as it juts far out into Narragansett Bay. […]
“Gimme Something Good” was the first studio recording we heard from Ryan Adams’ upcoming self-titled album, but he’s made a habit of playing other new songs live. “My Wrecking Ball,” for example, recently debuted in his Newport Folk Festival set. Now you can hear the studio version below via Spotify. Ryan Adams is out 9/9 [...]
photos by Mimi Hong Conor Oberst, Dawes & Larkin Poe @ Summerstage -- 7/29/14 "Each stage of Oberst's career is intentionally different than previous iterations (we are talking about the guy that released an electronic and acoustic album on the...
For years now, the Newport Folk Festival has been a sell-out event well before its July date, without ever listing a single performer. The three-day music and cultural event held on the grounds of Fort Adams State Park in Newport Harbor,… 7 Musical Acts You Missed at Newport Folk Festival 2014 is a post by Jeff Carvalho on Selectism.
What you didn't know about Newport Folk, with Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Mavis Staples, Jack White's baseball card, and more
Ryan Adams recently announced the imminent release of a new self-titled album, and we’ve already heard a handful of songs from it. First there was the lead single, “Gimme Something Good“; then, live video from Newport Folk Festival surfaced featuring a song titled “My Wrecking Ball.” Adams played another new song at that show, this [...]
Lee Ann Womack and Holly Williams are featured on the Tory Burch blog. The 615 premiered Billy Joe Shaver’s “The Git Go.” Check out Aoife O’Donovan and Nickel Creek’s Newport Folk Fest sets. (warning: autoplay) A 17-year-old girl was...Show More Summary
This would have been an AWESOME show to be at! Beck performed at the Newport Folk Fest in Rhode Island over the weekend and had an unexpected guest show up during his encore! None other than his good friend Jack White! If you're gonna have anyone crash your set, then the White Stripes singer is [...]
This past weekend brought the 2014 edition of the Newport Folk Festival. Headliners included Jenny Lewis, Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, and a very special appearance by Mavis Staples. We sent photographer Taylor Hill to capture the event, and you can find our gallery of performance photos and portraits above.
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Newport Folk coverage by 5342 Studios & Ian Perz Words by Ryan Spaulding If the first two days of Newport were about new musicians, louder play and going electric (links to our photos and observations: Friday and Saturday) then Sunday...Show More Summary
Jack White was a busy boy this Saturday: After headlining the Newport Folk Festival that evening, Jack White headed over to Beck's gig at the nearby Providence Performing Arts Center, where he joined his old pal onstage for a crowd-pleasing encore that included "Pay No Mind," "Loser," and "Where it's... More »
After headlining Newport Folk Festival on Saturday night, Jack White made his way over to Beck’s concert in nearby Providence, Rhode Island to perform for his whole encore. The two did “Loser” and “Pay No Mind” together and were joined by Sean Lennon for an extended version of “Where It’s At” before leaving the stage. [...]
Deer Tick guitarist John McCauley ran into some airport troubles last week after he tried to catch a flight to the Newport Folk Festival. While trying to board a plane from Philadelphia to Rhode Island, U.S. Airways refused to let him or his wife, Vanessa Carlton, on board with his guitar. McCauley tweeted about the [...]