Tao Rodriguez-Seeger: Newport Folk Festival 2009

Tao Rodriguez-Seeger performs at Newport Folk.

hide captionTao Rodriguez-Seeger performs at the Newport Folk Festival.

Wiqan Ang

Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, the grandson of folk legend Pete Seeger (one of the Newport Folk Festival's founders), plays what he calls "alt-folk rock 'n' roll." He began performing with his grandfather as a teenager, and has traveled a long route through many musical genres, picking up elements along the way and weaving them into the politically outspoken folk music for which his family is known. In an interview about music and censorship for the Web site freemuse.org, Rodriguez-Seeger said, "Nobody's going to sit around for three hours and listen to a musician if they're not entertaining."

Rodriguez-Seeger put out four albums with his band The Mammals, and has played with Sarah Lee Guthrie, Woody Guthrie's granddaughter, in the group RIG. Backed by a gospel choir (and the Lincoln Memorial), he played Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" with Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger at President Obama's inaugural celebration.

Set List

"Train on the Island"

"Greasy Coat"

"Wild Bill Jones"

"El Plano de la Paz"

"The Ballet Harry Simms"

"Let Me Fall"

"Sail Away Lady"

"Bring 'Em Home"

"Ell Carretero"

"Well May The World Go"

"Tit Galop Pour Mamou"

"I Don't Want Your Millions Mister"

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