Sixty years on, there continues to be no other festival that promises unity and unforgettable moments as well as Newport Folk Festival does.
On her latest LP, Brandi Carlile isn't so much returning to her roots as she is challenging the idea of what folk and Americana can be, and maybe should become. Sonically and stylistically diverse, the Dave Cobb produced By The Way, I Forgive You is a seemingly unconnected collection of songs that, taken together, packs an emotional wallop unlike anything in Carlile's career.
PLUS! Eduardo goes crate digging and comes back with a killer track from Italian singer/songwriter Pino Daniele that Steely Dan fans are gonna love!
Thursday night at Wolf Trap was exactly what a perfect summer night looks like-- warm weather, a serene setting, and beautiful, beautiful music. From start to finish, Brandi Carlile, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, and The Lumineers put on show that had the crowd singing along, dancing, and at times, sitting spell-bound.
The evening opened at exactly 7:00pm (Wolf Trap runs a tight ship) with The Lumineers. It’s always fun to watch a crowd discover a new band. People chatted and found their seats through the opening songs of “Submarines” and “I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem But My Own,” but by the time the Denver-based band started “Classy Girls,” the crowd had warmed up, tapping their toes, intrigued to hear more. As they closed up the catchy “Flowers in Your Hair,” lead singer Wesley Schultz thanked the crowd, saying that even with all the seats that were yet to be filled by latecomers, this was the largest crowd to whom the band had ever played.
Unlike their show at Jammin’ Java in April, which was at a small venue filled with fans who already knew all the words to their songs, this time, The Lumineers had to work for it a bit more. They used their hit song “Ho Hey” mid-set to pull people in, and later drummer Jeremiah Fraites stood up during “The Candidate,” encouraging to people to clap along.
Before their last song of the night, “Stubborn Love,” The Lumineers taught the audience the words to the chorus so they’d be prepared to sing along. After a weak practice round, Schultz chided, “I know we’re not Josh Ritter, and I know we’re not Brandi Carlile but if you could help us out a little bit more during the real song, we’d appreciate it.” Emulating the energy coming from the stage, the crowd joined in, enthusiastically singing, “Keep your head up, keep your love!” to close out the set.