Horse Feathers: Newport Folk 2010 Singer Justin Ringle knows how to use his warm, kind tenor to mask powerful lyrics about dark secrets and bruised souls. In Horse Feathers, he's joined by a marvelous folk-pop string section.
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Horse Feathers: Newport Folk 2010

Horse Feathers: Newport Folk 2010

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At first blush, Horse Feathers might seem like the prototypical purveyor of ineffectual beard-folk, complete with a stirring string section. But two factors elevate the band to greatness: 1) That is a hell of a stirring string section, which helps Horse Feathers achieve rare exquisiteness; and 2) singer Justin Ringle knows how to use his warm, kind tenor to mask powerful lyrics about dark secrets and bruised souls. Hear Horse Feathers perform songs from this year's excellent Thistled Spring live at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I.

Set List
  • "Working Poor"
  • "Dust Bowl"
  • "Belly Of June"
  • "Starving Robins"
  • "Mother's Sick"
  • "Finch On Saturday"
  • "Helen"
  • "Cascades"
  • "Curs In The Weeds"
  • "Falling"
  • "Orphan Girl"
  • "Heathen's Kiss"
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