Death Vessel - Mercury Dime
Rhode Island is often associated with the small stuff. Locals (proudly) call it the “biggest little state in the union”; I’ve even heard creative math that lil’ Rhody is 3% bigger at low tide. But what Rhode Island lacks in square miles, it makes up for in talent and artistry. This year, we’re proud to bring Death Vessel to the stages of Newport Folk. The layers of sound and the scales that Joel Thibodeau can cover is what first caught my attention. Knowing that he represents Rhode Island only makes his artistry more special.
There are 161 days until Death Vessel steps onto the stage at Newport. In that time, explore his music. His new album Island Intervals – produced by Jonsi of Sigur Rós will be released on February 25. That should give you ample time to get to know yet another reason why lil’ Rhody is so great.
- Brittany Manley
Nickel Creek - ‘Destination’
"Twenty-five years ago, before any of them had even reached the 8th grade, three of acoustic music’s most important young voices would debut their talents at a pizza joint in Carlsbad, California. That evening, in a part of the country known more for surfing and earthquakes than bluegrass, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins and Chris Thile began their journey as Nickel Creek, and acoustic music felt a seismic shift."
– Ed Helms
“When I first met Cary Ann and Michael it was at the AllWays Lounge in New Orleans. I was already a fan and was beyond thrilled to play with a band that I knew was special. They were honest. They were what people need. They brought it really hard. When Cary Ann sang “Hollowpoint Blues”, I found myself screaming like it was Beatlemania. When Michael sang “When I”, I found myself in tears. The tears lasted. I was so touched by them and their music. I felt like their humanity and spirit and Love was infectious.”
- Alynda Lee Segarra
Hurray For the Riff Raff performing ‘I Know It’s Wrong’ live for WFUV.
If you’d like to know why we invited HFTRR back to the Fort this summer we think Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope says it best,
“When you’re looking at your music collection, scratching your head saying ‘what can I listen to that makes me feel human in a world of machines?’ It’s Hurray For The Riff Raff. You physically feel better after listening to them. They sound like hope. Theirs is the peoples music.”