Stephen Thompson http://wuky.org en NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival http://wuky.org/post/npr-music-returns-2014s-newport-folk-festival The Newport Folk Festival has been around for more than half a century now — this is its 55th year, to be exact — and the event now routinely sells out months before its lineup is even announced. And why shouldn't it? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 52182 at http://wuky.org NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival At 2014's Newport Folk Festival, 5 Discoveries To Stretch Folk's Limits http://wuky.org/post/2014s-newport-folk-festival-5-discoveries-stretch-folks-limits From its legendary beachfront locale to its celebrations of folk music's past, the Newport Folk Festival draws on more than half a century of celebrated traditions. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 52183 at http://wuky.org At 2014's Newport Folk Festival, 5 Discoveries To Stretch Folk's Limits Sarah Jarosz, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 http://wuky.org/post/sarah-jarosz-live-concert-newport-folk-2013 <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/105374607/sarah-jarosz" target="_blank">Sarah Jarosz</a> was still in high school when she signed her record deal, and she released her debut album (2009's <em>Song Up In Her Head</em>) shortly thereafter, but the versatile bluegrass star seemed to emerge fully formed. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 52184 at http://wuky.org Sarah Jarosz, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 Jim James, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 http://wuky.org/post/jim-james-live-concert-newport-folk-2013 <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91719097/jim-james" target="_blank">Jim James</a> has spent his career singing big, booming songs that echo into the sky. With <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15189632/my-morning-jacket" target="_blank">My Morning Jacket</a>, he specializes in letting his gigantic voice ring out past the rafters in songs that boom and blare. But on his first solo album under his own name, this year's <em>Regions of Light and Sound of God</em>, James turns inward and recasts himself as a lost wanderer in search of redemption, salvation and comfort. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 52185 at http://wuky.org Jim James, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 The Mountain Goats, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 http://wuky.org/post/mountain-goats-live-concert-newport-folk-2013 <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15398245/the-mountain-goats" target="_blank">The Mountain Goats</a>' John Darnielle spent the 1990s recording his songs — just a voice, an acoustic guitar and bracingly articulate lyrics about catastrophe and survival — on low-fidelity equipment like boom boxes. It got to the point where the tape hiss felt like another instrument, but in the last decade, the Mountain Goats' music has become ever more polished. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 52186 at http://wuky.org The Mountain Goats, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 Jason Isbell, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 http://wuky.org/post/jason-isbell-live-concert-newport-folk-2013 <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15127717/jason-isbell" target="_blank">Jason Isbell</a> was once one of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15399002/drive-by-truckers" target="_blank">Drive-By Truckers</a>' great songwriting weapons — he wrote the jaw-dropping "Outfit," among others — until his career spiraled into substance abuse and he left the band. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 52187 at http://wuky.org Jason Isbell, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 The Lumineers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 http://wuky.org/post/lumineers-live-concert-newport-folk-2013 <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/151867086/the-lumineers" target="_blank">The Lumineers</a> may have on the pop scene out of nowhere — scoring a worldwide hit with the band's self-titled 2012 debut album and its multimillion-selling single "Ho Hey" — but the Denver group had tooled around in obscurity for quite a few years before its breakthrough. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 52188 at http://wuky.org The Lumineers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 Rayland Baxter, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 http://wuky.org/post/rayland-baxter-live-concert-newport-folk-2013 Nashville-bred singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/203669932/rayland-baxter" target="_blank">Rayland Baxter</a> is your classic folk-rock rambler: He's traveled the world to find inspiration and written songs to reflect his observations along the way. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 52189 at http://wuky.org Rayland Baxter, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 http://wuky.org/post/berklee-gospel-roots-choir-live-concert-newport-folk-2013 The Newport Folk Festival understands the value of a good palate-cleanser — not to mention the way folk and gospel's roots intertwine — so this year's lineup taps the rich vein of talent at Boston's Berklee College of Music to bring fans the Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir.<p>Hear the group perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Sunday, July 28 in Newport, R.I.<p><h5>Set List</h5><p><ul><p><li>"Strange Fruit"</li><p><li>"Work Song / It Is Well With My Soul"</li><p><li>"I'll Never Turn Back To More"</li><p><li>"God Is Great"</li><p><li>"My Soul Says Yes"</li><p><li>"Ma Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 52190 at http://wuky.org Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 Houndmouth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 http://wuky.org/post/houndmouth-live-concert-newport-folk-2013 Houndmouth may record for taste-making U.K. label Rough Trade, but everything else about the telegenic folk-rock group bleeds Americana: All four members of the Indiana band share lead vocals throughout their warm, rambling songs. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 52191 at http://wuky.org Houndmouth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013