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My Monday’s a hell of a lot better now.
Mine too! If you haven’t already, go listen! I’m already on my second runthrough & Long Way Down, Twilight & Nellie are standing out as favourites!
Another set that I was really looking forward to at this year’s Newport Folk Festival was Phosphorescent.
I started listening to his music based on the high praise of some of my favorite musicians (Tillmania, anyone?) and immediately was absorbed in the records. However this was my first live Phosphorescent experience and they absolutely blew me away. Matthew Houck has a mesmerizing voice and is an extraordinarily gifted songwriter. He had me hooked from line one. The highlight of the set was when his enthusiastic keyboardist (whom I referred to as Schroeder throughout the set but is actually called Scott Stapleton) urged the politely seated audience to stand during Ride On/Right On. Once the crowd at the Quad stage got a chance to dance it was abundantly clear that I wasn’t the only one completely sold on this amazing musical experience. As Houck stated when the song ended, “Well shit, that was fun.”
The deciding factor on whether or not I was going to buy a Friday ticket to the festival this year was when John McCauley’s solo set was announced.
He was absolutely perfect in all of his imperfection. I love that he balanced out the set with both old and new Deer Tick tunes as well as a fantastic selection of covers (including an impromptu rendition of Margaritaville he performed with his mom.) And the fact that he didn’t have a backup guitar when he broke a string didn’t stop him. He played through two whole songs like that before someone was able to locate an extra on the grounds for him to use. (I’d still like to know whose guitar that was.) All in all McCauley was, as expected, FANTASTIC.
I had been listening to The Milk Carton Kids in the weeks leading up to Newport Folk Festival and had every expectation that they would be amazing live, and they did not disappoint. In fact they ended up being one of the most memorable sets of the weekend thanks largely to their quick wit and humor in the between song banter. If you get a chance to see these guys live, you must take it.
Langhorne Slim at Newport Folk Festival 2013
This whole weekend was so much more perfect than I could have imagined, and I imagined it would be pretty perfect. I’m going to try to remember to post some pictures on here over the next few days. Here are a few of this year’s champion of the Festival weekend, Sean Scolnick.
I am so crazy excited for Newport Folk Festival this weekend, I am reliving last year’s magical experience. These are some of my favorite shots/memories.