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Another Interesting Set of Lineup Announcements for Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival Logo
Newport Folk Festival Logo

Wow, week 5 started off with a fabulous announcement!

This week’s additions to the lineup are:

Robert Hunter – the great lyricist of The Grateful Dead

Lucero – a Memphis-based band that’s been described as country-punk

Caitlin Rose – singer-songwriter from Nashville

The Milk Carton Kids – an indie folk/Americana duo from California (I love these guys and am delighted that they’ll be back at the Fort this year)

The lineup, so far, includes:

Friday:  The Devil Makes Three, Band of Horses, Death Vessel, Jenny Lewis, Phox, Robert Hunter

Saturday:  Shakey Graves, The Oh Hellos, Benjamin Booker, Nickel Creek, Shovels and Rope, Houndmouth, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, The Milk Carton Kids

Sunday:  Hurray for the Riff Raff, Mavis Staples, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Trampled by Turtles, Gregory Alan Isakov, Lucero, Caitlin Rose

Feats Didn’t Fail Me Now!

What a fantastic show! This show was an intimate performance by Bill Payne, keyboardist with Little Feat, and Gabe Ford, drummer with Little Feat, at one of my favorite venues, Johnny D’s.

Bill Payne and Gabe Ford

Bill Payne and Gabe Ford

I had no idea what to expect – drums and keyboards are a less-than-typical duo. Sometimes (okay, most of the time) it’s good to have few expectations because you won’t be disappointed. There was nothing disappointing to this writer. Read the rest of this entry

Keep on Truckin’, Robert Hunter

I wouldn’t describe myself as a Dead-Head, but I always loved the Grateful Dead.  This show at the Wilbur Theatre was a rare opportunity to see one of the main lyricists for the Dead.


Robert Hunter wrote many of the Dead’s best known songs – Truckin’, Friend of the Devil, Dark Star, Scarlet Begonias, and Casey Jones, to name a few. Read the rest of this entry

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