“When it comes to music, people often romanticize the past. It’s understandable–it’s a lot easier to have perspective about something that happened a long time ago, and so much amazing music comes from there. But I think sometimes people use the past as a crutch.”
- Stephen Weinheimer

When it comes to music, people often romanticize the past. It’s understandable–it’s a lot easier to have perspective about something that happened a long time ago, and so much amazing music comes from there. But I think sometimes people use the past as a crutch.”

- Stephen Weinheimer

Ryan Adams - Shakedown on 9th Street.

“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

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

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Valerie June - Trials, Troubles, Tribulations.

thevaleriejune:

Read these! Questions and Answers from my interview with The CIX

thevaleriejune:

Read these! Questions and Answers from my interview with The CIX

thevaleriejune:

Give Me Water! John Forte and I! 

“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

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

“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

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

“I love the the spaciousness in the songs of Leif Vollebekk. His songs are at one moment comfortable but there are lovely unexpected moments. He has a way with phrasing that was poignant, poetic, soulful and thoughtful. Please welcome him to Newport Folk 2014.”
– Bob Boilen

I love the the spaciousness in the songs of Leif Vollebekk. His songs are at one moment comfortable but there are lovely unexpected moments. He has a way with phrasing that was poignant, poetic, soulful and thoughtful. Please welcome him to Newport Folk 2014.”

– Bob Boilen

fuckyeahrhodeisland:

Yesterday.
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Lake Street Dive: You Go Down Smooth (Live at WFUV)

Help I’ve fallen in love with another amazing band

nprfreshair:

Early afternoon concert break:

This is Lake Street Dive performing Jackson 5’s “I Want You back” in Boston. Today Ken Tucker reviews their new album Bad Self Portraits.

The quartet began performing together almost a decade ago while studying at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Recently, producer T Bone Burnett invited them to play at a concert in NYC featuring the music of the Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.

“On a dreary summer afternoon in 2009, I met up with Lake Street Dive in a living room in Jamaica Plain. They were living in Boston at the time, filling up the Lizard Lounge and Toad and the more intimate rooms of the city every chance they got to give their take on “free country” a run for its money.”

On a dreary summer afternoon in 2009, I met up with Lake Street Dive in a living room in Jamaica Plain. They were living in Boston at the time, filling up the Lizard Lounge and Toad and the more intimate rooms of the city every chance they got to give their take on “free country” a run for its money.”

cmj:

Our pals at Bustle wrote this great piece about their favorite female acts from CMJ Music Marathon 2013.  Lucius, above, is on the list - see you else made the cut and get listening!

cmj:

Our pals at Bustle wrote this great piece about their favorite female acts from CMJ Music Marathon 2013.  Lucius, above, is on the list - see you else made the cut and get listening!