Alone | Trampled by Turtles
Valerie June playing the Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.
The first few seconds of Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut album sound like old-school blues guitar. “Violent Shiver” opens with bright, jagged strumming, slides down the neck, powerful if inelegant technique. You can hear Muddy Waters and B.B. King and Chuck Berry in it, and assume that this will more or less replicate those classic forebears or rip on vogue blues rockers like the Black Keys.
But then the song takes off like a rocket, with Booker shredding his voice to bits as if Kurt Cobain had a side project with the rhythm section of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The 25-year-old Booker may play music rooted in the blues, but he’s no imitator. He’s created something more modern, urban and streamlined — a blues-meets-punk sound that’s a welcome update to a field tired of shoddy rewrites.
It’s time we throw a spin on the usual Throwback Thursday. Each Thursday leading up to the release of Sukierae, we’ll be sharing throwback photos handpicked by the Tweedy clan.
Share your photos with us using the hashtag #tbtweedy and we’ll post some of our favorites as Sept. 23 approaches…
He gets it from his father.
Tweedy from our friends nprmusic.
Newport Folk Fest 2014
Ryan Adams - in his dressing room - Newport Folk Festival 2014
by Josh Wool
Metallica pinball in the dressing rooms, nbd.
Shovels & Rope ft. Lucius perform ”What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace Love & Understanding” (Elvis Costello cover) 7.26.14
Cover of Elvis Costello’s “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace Love & Understanding” at the Jane Pickens Theatre in Newport, RI as part of the Heartbreaker Banquet Newport Folk Festival aftershow
Ryan Adams preparing his setlist backstage at Newport Folk Fest 2014