“Many years ago, a few days after I began working for the festival, I was lying on the stone floor in the apse of Trinity Church in Toronto while the Cowboy Junkies and some “friends” were recording The Trinity Revisited – a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original Trinity Sessions. The friends included Natalie Merchant, the late Vic Chesnutt and Ryan Adams. Even though it was a closed set, I was lucky enough to be asked to join the scene so I could write the liner notes to the accompanying DVD. I have many surreal memories of that night, but the most distinct was the awed silence that followed after Ryan Adams sang the Junkies’ solemnly hypnotic and beguiling beers-and-tears tune “200 More Miles”. Everyone was just staring at him as he, seemingly non-plussed and unaware, fiddled with the knobs on his constantly fickle guitar. Chesnutt finally broke the reverie by saying, “Well gee whiz Ryan, the ladies will be weeping when they hear that one.” Always wanting to get it right, Adams asked for another take, to which Natalie demurely replied, “Are you really going to break our hearts again?”
It was at this exact moment I knew that Ryan Adams had to play Newport. After so many years, it is my distinct and utter pleasure to say: Ladies and Gentleman, please welcome Ryan Adams to the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.”
- Jay Sweet
Valerie June - Trials, Troubles, Tribulations.
“When the call for artist announcements went out, I immediately thought of the supremely talented Valerie June. Her album “Pushin’ Against a Stone” was among my favorites of 2013, the kind that makes an impact instantly and rewards each listen with something new.”
- Trish Daly
Mavis announcing Jeff Tweedy.
Jeff Tweedy is not only a vital figure in our ever evolving music scene, he’s also a keeper of it’s history. His multigenerational and multi-genre work is perhaps most evident in his collaborations with Mavis Staples, so it’s no wonder why the two have become fast friends. It goes without saying that we’re thrilled to welcome Jeff to our 2014 lineup, and based on what Mavis has to say, she is too:
“Hey everybody, this is Mavis. Have you heard the news? My dear friend, Jeff Tweedy, is coming to Newport to help me celebrate my 25th birthday…”
“The musical friendships that I forged in my college days are truly sacred to me and had the most profound impact as I set out to pursue a life in music. So I must admit that I’m a bit envious that Ed Helms, Jake Tilove and Ian Riggs, have been able to keep The Lonesome Trio, a band they formed two decades ago at Oberlin University, as a thriving creative outlet for so many years.”
- Noam Pikelny
Your body’s been honest
but here again it lies.
Leif Vollebekk, You Couldn’t Lie to Me in Paris (via coffeeslut)