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Episode 309: Poor David's Almanack - David Rawlings

Episode 309: Poor David's Almanack - David Rawlings

David Rawlings has made a career out of being the literal best. His work with Gillian Welch and under the moniker of The Dave Rawlings Machine isn't just a shining example of how "pure" music can succeed; it is peerless. With Poor David's Almanack,  Rawlings and crew are growing up (the Machine is no more) and digging deep into the traditions that continue to shape their musical direction and legacy.

PLUS! The duo of Penny & Sparrow is taking Nashville, and the world by storm with their pop/folk sensibilities and stunning harmonies. Get acquainted with the track "Double Heart" off their latest LP, Wendigo, out now!

Final Thoughts On The 2011 Newport Folk Festival

It’s taken over week, but we’ve finally got our thoughts in order (you can see all of our pics here) concerning 2011’s Newport Folk Festival. Before we dive in and try to break down each days experience though, I’d like to let you in on a little secret: Without exaggeration, The Newport Folk festival is possibly the best festival running in the country right now.

Sure it’s smaller (only 10K people this year…which was a sell out for the first time in the festivals history) and sure you may not see the biggest, most hyped new favorite band there. But what you will see is music created for people who truly love music BY people who truly love music. You see, unlike other larger festivals that often end up feeling more like a showcase for whatever band is being pushed at the moment than an actual meeting of the musical minds, at Newport the musicians simply came to play.

Sit in’s with other bands abounded and backstage partnerships were made hourly. There was a sense of community, a “we’re all in this together”-ness that permeated each and every set of the weekend, and made for a thrilling 2 days of music. Even better, if a band wasn’t playing, they could often be found watching as part of the audience, and aside from the occasional pat on the back or handshake and congratulation on their set, they were able to simply carry on like any other Festival attendee.

2011 Newport Folk Festival Photo Roundup

2011 Newport Folk Festival Photo Roundup

For two days this past weekend, Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI,  became an impromptu community of musicians and fans coming together to celebrate the thing that they hold most dear: MUSIC.

Just saying that this festival is special doesn't even begin to do it justice and we will have our take on the whys and hows in the coming days. Until then, we've put together a collection of shots from the weekend that we think will give you a pretty good idea of how everything went down on Saturday and Sunday at one of the most legendary festivals in the entire country. 

Daily Listen: Gillian Welch - Hard Times

It might have taken eight years, but the wait was WELL worth it. Gillian Welch's The Harrow and the Harvest drops today, and is one of the most anticipated releases of 2011. We'll have our review of the album for you to read later on this week, but know for now that if you're a fan of roots music/Americana then this is about as good as it gets. Welch is touring for this album (YES!!) and we'll be catching her when we cover the Newport Folk Festival at the end of July (Double YES!). Find out when you can catch her by checking out all of her tour dates right here.

Gillian Welch - Hard Times

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Daily Listen: Dave Rawlings Machine - Sweet Tooth

Words can't really describe how good this man is. Throw in some Gillian Welch and you've got the makings for something really, truly special.

Right now the "machine" is off the road, but that shouldn't at all hinder your enjoyment of them. Take this track from A Friend of a Friend for example. I'm pretty sure he's not talking about candy.


Dave Rawlings Machine - Sweet Tooth

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