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Newport Folk Festival Emerging Artist: Joan Shelley

last weekMusic / Country : Twangville

Joan Shelley Emerging Artist Interview When I first heard Joan Shelley’s 2015 album “Over and Even” I was stunned. In a year where I came through a broken leg with an infant at home, it took me a while to warm up to the power of music again. Maybe it seemed like family and people […]

Photos that ROCK! Newport Folk Fest 2016

last weekMusic / Country : Twangville

  Holy moly. This was the second time that I was able to go photograph the famous Newport Folk Festival. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming when I get these opportunities. Pros: Being among lots of incredible photographers, the awesome media tent (thanks for all of those diet cokes!), […]

Monday Morning Video – A Newport Folk Festival Trifecta

last weekMusic / Country : Twangville

One of the coolest things about the Newport Folk Festival are the frequent impromptu collaborations that occur, making the festival an artists’ affair in the truest sense of the word. Here is a trifecta of highlights from this year’s event. And in honor of the Olympics currently underway, we’re going to make it a pass […]

Watch Julien Baker Cover Bruce Springsteen’s “Badlands”

Julien Baker covered Bruce Springsteen’s “Badlands” (from 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town) during a backstage performance at last month's Newport Folk Festival. Baker said that “It’s a song that always makes me feel better because...Show More Summary

Newport Folk Festival 2016- Sunday

2 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Newport Folk Festival 2016- Sunday After a scorching first two days at Newport, I was tired. But the lineup on Sunday was definitely the most exciting. From start to finish, the acts on Sunday were incredible. When I arrived to see Joan Shelley at the Harbor Stage, I was already moved by her previous great […]

Newport Folk Festival 2016- Saturday

2 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Newport Folk Festival 2016- Saturday We arrived at Fort Adams Park in Newport bright and early on Saturday and were greeted with a a lot more heat and humidity. Luckily, the musical acts on Saturday almost made you forget about the sun. From living legends to hot new acts, the day had much in store. […]

Jonny Fritz announces Sweet Creep out 10/14

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

I made my maiden voyage to the Newport Folk Fest this July. Jonny Fritz wasn’t on the schedule so I had no plans to see him there. Apparently he had other ideas because he seemed to be popping up all over the place. Now, he’s set to release his follow up to 2013?s Dad Country. [...]

Newswire: Flight Of The Conchords extends business hours, adds even more tour dates

Flight Of The Conchords returned to touring with a vengeance earlier this year, kicking off a 28-city trek around North America in June that’s seen the band headline the Newport Folk Festival. And why not? Conchords Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have produced a lot of new material, which they’ve performed on their current tour. Show More Summary

Newport Folk Festival 2016- Friday

2 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

On the first day of the Newport Folk Festival, the breeze was up and the humidity was down. Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island was a beautiful spot for the particularly exciting Friday lineup. At Twangville, we’ve known about the new scene in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and following in the footsteps of the […]

stream Julien Baker's whole Newport set, don't miss her at NOON at Outside Lands

NPR has shared a live recording of Memphis singer/songwriter Julien Baker's performance from the Newport Folk Festival on July 22-24. She wowed the crowd with primarily just her voice and guitar, but was joined on stage by her Forrister bandmate Matthew Gilliam on percussion for two tracks... Continue reading…

Father John Misty Says Chipotle Offered Him $250,000 to Cover Backstreet Boys: Watch

This past weekend, Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) performed at Newport Folk Festival. During his set, he revealed that he was offered $250,000 to cover the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” for a Chipotle ad, Consequence of Sound reports. Show More Summary

Acceptable Festival Swag

Kempt Staff Billy Reid’s contribution to the Newport Folk Festival...

Watch Ryan Adams Perform “Oh My Sweet Carolina” on “Colbert”

After busting out some bluegrass covers of metal songs at the Newport Folk Festival, Ryan Adams was the musical guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” He performed “Oh My Sweet Carolina” from Heartbreaker, which just got reissued earlier this year.

Ryan Adams & Amanda Shires played Capitol Theatre & SummerStage (pics/setlist from The Cap)

You can also listen to Ryan Adams' performance at Newport Folk Festival. Continue reading…

Newport Folk Festival 2016 Review: From Worst to Best

A year that proves expectations mean nothing when a festival is simply magic.

Alabama Shakes, Middle Brother, Phil Cook And More Close Newport Folk Festival 2016 On High Note (REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Peace flowed freely out of Fort Adams for the final day of Newport Folk Festival, which began traditionally, with gospel music pouring off the Fort stage and out into the crowd. The Berkelee Gospel Choir eased festival-goers into the...Show More Summary

Listen to Ryan Adams Improvise “Frightened And Rabid” and Cover Black Sabbath

Ryan Adams performed at the Newport Folk Festival yesterday alongside the Infamous Stringdusters and Nicki Bluhm. During his bluegrass-centric set, Adams covered Black Sabbath's “The Wizard” and Slayer's “South of Heaven.” He also took...Show More Summary

Hear Ryan Adams’ Bluegrass Covers Of Slayer & Black Sabbath, Improvised “Frightened And Rabid” At Newport Folk Fest

Ryan Adams returned to the famed Newport Folk Festival yesterday, where he performed bluegrass versions of his songs with some assistance from the Infamous Stringdusters and Nicki Bluhm. He started things off with a rootsy cover of Slayer’s “South Of Heaven” and closed the set with a rendition of Black Sabbath’s “The Wizard,” and in […]

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