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What A Week Of Incredible Announcements By The Newport Folk Festival

They’re probably not even a quarter of the way into the lineup announcements, but even if they were done, the Newport Folk Festival lineup so far is enough to keep me happy for years!

Newport Folk Festival Logo

Newport Folk Festival Trademarked Logo

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My Top Ten Shows From a Stellar Music Year

I ‘only’ saw 172 shows last year, which is the lowest number since 2013 (it was late in 2013 that I started this website). Nevertheless, it still made choosing my top ten shows difficult.

As always, I do not include sets from festivals because the energy at a festival adds so much to an artist’s performance that it is unfair to compare festival sets to ‘regular’ shows. This year, however, I make mention of some sets at festivals that were especially fabulous.

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An Evening of Guitar Magic

While I have seen Jason Isbell perform a number of times over the past four years, I had not seen him with the 400 Unit since the band swept the 2014 Americana Music Association top awards with the album Southeastern nor since they won the best album and song awards at this year’s AMA.

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell

I love the latest album, Something More Than Free, so I knew I was in for a treat at his recent show at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

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