John McCauley, Live In Concert The Deer Tick founder has helped form popular side projects. Hear the Deer Tick cover everything from Hank Williams to Jimmy Buffet in a solo set from the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

John McCauley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

John McCauley, Live In Concert

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John McCauley performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
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In the hands of John McCauley — who initially founded the group Deer Tick as a solo project — playing rowdy, free-wheeling rock 'n' roll is a feat free of self-importance. Even as his band has taken off, and even as McCauley himself has formed hit side projects with his pals in Dawes and Delta Spirit, the Rhode Island singer remains the sort of guy who chooses to busk in front of portable toilets for kicks.

These days, it wouldn't be a Newport Folk Festival without some representation from the Deer Tick-Dawes-Delta Spirit triad, but unless you count Blake Mills (who used to play in an early iteration of Dawes), McCauley is it for 2013 — and he's even shed the Deer Tick moniker for the occasion. Hear his performance, recorded live on Friday, July 26 in Newport, R.I.

Set List

  • "The Angel Of Death" (Hank Williams cover)
  • "Born At Zero"
  • "Art Isn't Real (City Of Sin)"
  • "Cocaine Blues" (Johnny Cash cover)
  • "Houston, TX"
  • "Main Street"
  • "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Duke Ellington cover)
  • "The Bump"
  • "In Our Time"
  • "Cake And Eggs"
  • "Margaritaville feat. Marge McCauley" (Jimmy Buffett cover)
  • "L.I.E" (The Shivers cover)
  • "Smith Hill"
  • "Ashamed"
  • "Goodnight Irene"