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Fabulous American Roots Music Triple Play

You would think I had enough music last weekend at the Newport Folk Festival that I might need a bit of a break, but you would be mistaken! I’m not sure I could ever hear too much Americana music, so I headed over to T.T. The Bear’s Place for this fabulous triple bill.

Spirit Family Reunion

Spirit Family Reunion

Two of the three acts I saw this night – The Deslondes and Willy Gantrim – were at Newport this year (although I did not see them except when they sat in for other sets) while Spirit Family Reunion, the headliner, was at the Festival the previous two years.

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Week 10 Of Newport Folk Festival Lineup Announcements Started With A Bang!

Newport Folk Festival Logo
Newport Folk Festival Logo

The 10th week started off with an amazing announcement, as has every week before this week!

This additions to the Festival lineup are:

Ryan Adams – he’s finally playing the Festival!!!

The Deslondes – this band is incredible! I saw them last fall and was blown away – they’re going to be perfect for the Festival

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer – I’ve heard good things about these singer-songwriters and look forward to catching their set

Sun Kil Moon – another artist of whom I’ve heard only positive opinions so I’m excited to have the opportunity to see them at the Fort

The lineup, so far, includes:

Friday:  The Devil Makes Three, Band of Horses, Death Vessel, Jenny Lewis, Phox, Robert Hunter, Reignwolf, Jimmy Cliff, Lake Street Dive, Tall Tall Trees, Noah Gundersen, Ryan Adams, Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer, Sun Kil Moon

Saturday:  Shakey Graves, The Oh Hellos, Benjamin Booker, Nickel Creek, Shovels and Rope, Houndmouth, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, The Milk Carton Kids, Aoife O’Donovan, Willie Watson, Puss n Boots, Lucius, Deer Tick

Sunday:  Hurray for the Riff Raff, Mavis Staples, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Trampled by Turtles, Gregory Alan Isakov, Lucero, Caitlin Rose, Conor Oberst, Dawes, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Leif Vollebekk, The Lonesome Trio, Jeff Tweedy, Valerie June, The Deslondes

Outstanding Americana Triple-Header!


This is one show for which I had high expectations – I’d seen two of the three bands and adored the shows I saw. This sold-out show at The Sinclair surpassed my expectations!


all of the bands plus a few added friends, Jay Sweet among them

The headliner of the show was Spirit Family Reunion. The first opener was The Deslondes and the second was Hurray for the Riff Raff.  Any one of the three bands on the bill could have headlined and the audience would have been thrilled. Read the rest of this entry

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