The Newport Folk Festival has always championed a range of American music. From Muddy Waters to Pete Seeger, Joan Baez to Jimmy Buffett and a famously electrified Bob Dylan, the festival's curators have a knack for casting a wide net in their definition of folk. Whether presenting music that captures the heart of a community along the Mississippi Delta or the dank bars of downtown Manhattan, Newport is a beacon among American music festivals.
This year again, as it celebrates its 53rd year, the Newport schedule is characterized by diversity: children's music favorite Elizabeth Mitchell; indie rock gods My Morning Jacket; old standards like Preservation Hall Jazz Band; jaw-dropping newcomers like Alabama Shakes. The Guthrie Family will reunite to pay homage to its patriarch's centennial. At the same time, young troubadours like Conor Oberst, the Tallest Man on Earth's Kristian Matsson and Robert Ellis will carry Woody Guthrie's torch. The thing all the artists on the lineup have in common is the ability to make music that's as pleasing to the soul as it is to the ears.
Whether you're heading to the festival next weekend or are just interested in living vicariously through the music, this mix is for you. Join NPR Music, Folk Alley, WFUV, MVY Radio and WUMB for a live video webcast of the Newport Folk Festival July 27-29. Experience the festival live, then stick around for archived sets, reviews and photos from the entire weekend — it's all at npr.org/newportfolk.
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Artists In This Mix:
Alabama Shakes • Anthony D'Amato • Arlo Guthrie • Ben Sollee • Billy Bragg & Wilco • Blind Pilot • Blitzen Trapper • Brown Bird • Carl Broemel • Charles Bradley • City and Colour • Conor Oberst • Dawes • Deer Tick • Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower • First Aid Kit • Frank Fairfield • Gary Clark Jr. • GraveRobbers • Guthrie Family Reunion • honeyhoney • Iron & Wine • Jackson Browne • Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons • Joel Rafael • Jonathan Wilson • Jonny Corndawg • Megafaun • My Morning Jacket • New Multitudes feat. Farrar, Johnson, Parker & James • Of Monsters And Men • Patty Griffin • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • Punch Brothers • Robert Ellis • Sara Watkins • Sharon Van Etten • Sleepy Man Banjo Boys • Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys • Spirit Family Reunion • Tallest Man On Earth • The Apache Relay • The Deep Dark Woods • The Head and The Heart • The Kossoy Sisters • Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman • Trampled by Turtles • tUnE-yArDs • Wilco