Monday, August 1, 2011

Newport Folk Festival Music Recommendations

Another summer, another glorious weekend at the Newport Folk Festival. To me, it's the country's best music festival (it is, in fact, the longest running music festival in America).  What makes it so special is not only the incredible line-up of back-to-back artists over two days, but the incredible spirit of the festival.  People from all backgrounds, old and young, come to listen to wonderful musicians as they lie down on blankets or dance in the aisles.  As Taylor Goldsmith from Middle Brother said during their set, "It's not about what's modern or new. It's about what's GOOD;" and, the fans here appreciate good music.  It's all about the music and pure joy.  I found it hard to keep up with everyone I wanted to see at the three stages.  Here are some recommendations of my favorite artists from this year you may or may not know.

The Wailin' Jennys


Delta Spirit

Tegan & Sara

The Devil Makes Three

Brown Bird

Trampled by Turtles

The Cave Singers

Chris Thile & Michael Daves

Middle Brother

The Head and the Heart

The Civil Wars

Aggressive list, I know.  Imagine running around to see everyone!  To listen to the sets live from the festival, head over to NPR

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