We all know the story of Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival: the boos, the cheers, Pete Seeger overheard backstage wishing that he had an axe to chop through the microphone cable. It’s one of the great American artistic-origin myths. Show More Summary
Any worries I had about a sophomore slump were quickly put to rest during their electrifying set at Newport Folk Festival. When I first saw them a few years back, their manager told me that once some of the kids in the band finished college, they were hitting the road for a long, long time. [...]
The odds were not on the side of citizens who wanted to save 401 acres of coastal Orange County land from being turned into a small city with more than a thousand homes, a resort, commercial properties and open space. They were up against Big Oil and real estate companies with clout, pockets as...
While I try to stay on top of the newest music that falls under the large umbrella of Americana, I definitely missed something this year. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats blew me away. While the beginning of their set started off with Rateliff’s passionate vocals (and a curious audience), by the end it seemed […]
After an amazing experience at the Newport Folk Festival in 2016, I wasn’t sure how to finish up my 2016 summer season. As a recent appreciator of bluegrass, when I heard about New England Festy, I knew Twangville had to be there. This festival is not purely a bluegrass festival, but one that includes a genre-hopping […]
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 […]
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!), […]
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 […]
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 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 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. […]
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. [...]
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
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 […]
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…
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
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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.
You can also listen to Ryan Adams' performance at Newport Folk Festival. Continue reading…