Newport Folk Festival

Guy Clark: Newport Folk 2009Folk Alley

Guy Clark: Newport Folk 2009

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/111422553/111538165" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

A singer, songwriter and guitar-builder, Guy Clark has a name that's not as well-known as some of the stars who've sung his songs. But his imprint has stayed strong in the world of country music for the last four decades.

Clark's "L.A. Freeway" was a hit for Jerry Jeff Walker, and his songs have been recorded and performed by Johnny Cash, The Everly Brothers, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Alan Jackson and countless more. Though "L.A. Freeway," like many of Clark's songs, was based on his real-life experiences — in this case an aborted attempt to make a career in the music industry by moving to Los Angeles — his songs reflect a universality of vision. That vision is characterized by frustration and independence, tinged with enough dark humor and regret to make his songs seem as if they might fit snugly into the pocket of any country star from any era.

Clark has a reputation for working slowly, and he's admitted that he returns to each song until it fits his exacting standards. But he's kept up a steady pace, releasing an album of new original songs every few years since his debut in 1975. Fans at Newport looking forward to new material should leave happy: Clark has an album due for release in September, called Sometimes the Song Writes You.

Set List
  • "Cape"
  • "L.A. Freeway"
  • "Home Grown Tomatoes"
  • "Some Days the Song Writes You"
  • "Out in the Parking Lot"
  • "Boats to Build"
  • "Texas 1947"
  • (Verlon Thompson solo)
  • "We Ain't Been Everywhere Yet"
  • "Joe Walker's Mare"
  • "Stuff That Works"
  • "The Guitar"
  • Encore "Dublin Blues"
[+] read more[-] less

More From Newport Folk Festival

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear perform at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

The mother-and-son duo radiated easy familiarity and sincerity during this charming afternoon set.

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/429049449/434694125" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Brandi Carlile performs at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Brandi Carlile, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Hear the folk-rock powerhouse perform candid, emotional songs from The Firewatcher's Daughter.

Brandi Carlile, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/429333796/434691259" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Luluc performs at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Luluc, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

An Australian duo spending time in Brooklyn makes quiet, intimate, yearning music.

Luluc, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/427188612/429080001" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Sturgill Simpson performs at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Sturgill Simpson, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Listen to the outlaw country singer's high-octane, honky-tonking set.

Sturgill Simpson, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/427719252/427796611" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Lord Huron's Ben Schneider performs live at the Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Lord Huron, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

The Los Angeles band's Newport Folk set was jubilant and loud.

Lord Huron, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/427193739/427194962" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Courtney Barnett performs at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

The rising Australian rock star went electric and then some this weekend at Newport.

Listen to Highlights From The Concert

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/426710883/426713214" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Jason Isbell smiles during a performance at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Jason Isbell, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Spirits were high Saturday as Isbell performed songs from his new album, Something More Than Free.

Jason Isbell, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/426505568/426556257" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The Tallest Man On Earth performed Friday at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

The Tallest Man On Earth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Swedish songwriter Kristian Matsson gave a performance worthy of his stage name on Friday.

The Tallest Man On Earth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/426247490/426248213" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The Lone Bellow performed Friday night at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

The Lone Bellow, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Listen to the band's soaring Friday set, featuring guest appearances by Leon Bridges and Lucius.

The Lone Bellow, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/426245527/426246074" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top