And Sunday was the day of the banjo. Between R.J. Storm and Sara Watkins, you couldn't hardly swing a dead cat and not get some bluegrass on it. Thank god Trampled by Turtles followed up on the main stage.
last year at the Fest, and maybe it's not technically possible, but they seemed to blaze even hotter this past weekend - probably it was Ryan Young's domination on the fiddle solos (second from L) through the set. Our inner boyscout was surprised that thing wasn't a tinderbox in his hands: honestly now, your "woodsman" dad could start a forest fire with less effort. Check out this live set, especially the cover of "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You," and then go see them live. A lot of their tour seems to be selling out, though.
H+H: Head and the Heart. Here:
Besides, not like we're real media coverage, anyway. The last few, leading up to the smashing "Rivers and Roads," oof.
Another random dudeguy here.
Well now, that's it for our Newport Folk Fest coverage this year! And, we do want to remind y'all that the stuff at Fort Adams these three days (no Wilco coverage on Fri, sorries!) was maybe half of it. Yeah, Jackson Browne did close up this day... moreso the rain did, though... but we heard some incredible things belted from him at the Newport Blues Cafe. Check out next year, and even if you can't get in (tics were sold out months ahead) keep your eyes on all those satellite concerts around the Folk Fest too: Oberst at Jane Pickens, Head and the Heart at Calvin Theatre in MA, Dawes... gee, next week. It's a veritable downpour of talent in the area, and with an uncountable number of years of dedication hopping from stage to stage, well... we'll make some sort of lazy comparison to training for the Olympics, but we'll spare you that. We haven't been at this all that long, so take this for what it's worth, but this year's lineup was the strongest we've known. Let it also be said "quality over quantity," and as far as other festivals go, Newport's digs deeper than we've seen to find new acts. Just check out the 20+ groups on each of Sat. and Sun.; that's quite a lot of glossing we had to do. Okay, last thing to be said: keep you up to date on next year's, and let the good times rock-and-roll.
-A Very Tired Mgmt.