Music

Newport Folk

  1. Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, 1968 Newport Folk: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, 1968 The Dynamic Duo of the blues performs "Messin' With the Kid," "Checkin' on My Baby" and "Somebody Hoodooed the Hoodoo Man."
  2. Son House's Chilling Delta Blues Newport Folk: Son House's Chilling Delta Blues The Mississippi bluesman demonstrates his emotional singing style and raw slide playing on "Downhearted Blues" and his "Empire State Express" in 1969.
  3. George Hamilton IV at Newport Folk Fest Newport Folk: George Hamilton IV at Newport Folk Fest The Nashville-based singer-songwriter, who died on this day in 2014, performs "Steel Rail Blues," "Abeline" and Break My Mind" in 1968.
  4. A Leadbelly Tribute at Newport, 1969 Newport Folk: A Leadbelly Tribute at Newport, 1969 The folk singer-songwriter (aka Huddie Ledbetter) died on this day in 1949. Hear Pete Seeger lead an all-star group on several of his tunes.
  5. A Salute to Woody Guthrie Newport Folk: A Salute to Woody Guthrie Hear son Arlo, Pete Seeger and other folk artists pay tribute to the Dust Bowl Troubadour at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival.
  6. Arlo Guthrie: Cut-Up With a Conscience Newport Folk: Arlo Guthrie: Cut-Up With a Conscience Hippie troubador/monologist and son of Woody Guthrie satirizes the FBI and rules on the beach in his wry spoken word intros to tunes in this '68 concert.
  7. Fred McDowell's Cornfield Blues Newport Folk: Fred McDowell's Cornfield Blues The country bluesman plays some wicked slide guitar on "Fred's Worried Life Blues" and the energetic romp "Shake 'Em On Down" at the Newport Folk Festival, 1968.
  8. Roy Acuff, King of Country Newport Folk: Roy Acuff, King of Country Hank Williams once said of him: "For drawing power in the South, it was Roy Acuff, then God." Hear him with his Smokey Mountain Boys in 1968.
  9. Remembering Theodore Bikel Newport Folk: Remembering Theodore Bikel The folkloric troubadour and famous actor died on this day in 2015. Hear him sing in Yiddish, Spanish, Ukranian and English at Newport '68.
  10. Yank Rachell's Bluesy Mandolin Newport Folk: Yank Rachell's Bluesy Mandolin The country bluesman, born on this day in 1910, joins guitarist-singer Sleepy John Estes on "Mailman Blues" at the '69 Newport Folk Festival.
  11. Richard Thompson's Celtic Muse Newport Folk: Richard Thompson's Celtic Muse The Brit singer-songwriter-guitarist, who turns 67 today, plays tunes from Daring Adventures and Amnesia at the '88 Newport Folk Festival.
  12. Roy Acuff and the Smokey Mountain Boys Newport Folk: Roy Acuff and the Smokey Mountain Boys Acuff and the boys brought a taste of Appalachia to the lawns of Newport in the summer of 1968.
  13. Richie Havens, Newport 2008 Newport Folk: Richie Havens, Newport 2008 Older, wise, and no less passionate, Havens entranced the Newport audience with songs old and new in this stellar set.
  14. Best of Newport Folk
    1. Taj Mahal
    2. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
    3. Trey Anastasio
    4. Big Mama Thornton's Downhome Blues
    5. Tim Buckley plays Newport Folk 1968
    6. Brandi Carlile
    7. The Everly Brothers & Dad
    8. Cowboy Junkies
    9. Muddy Waters
    10. Joan Baez
  15. Bluegrass Meets The Beatles Newport Folk: Bluegrass Meets The Beatles On this day in 1968, "Paperback Writer" reached #1 on the U.S. singles charts. Hear the Charles River Valley Boys cover that Fab Four favorite.
  16. Queen Ida's Zydeco Dance Party Newport Folk: Queen Ida's Zydeco Dance Party The Louisiana Creole accordionist works the crowd at the '88 Newport Folk Fest with her infectious "Chere Du Lu" and "Ailons En Louisiane."
  17. John Hartford at Newport, '69 Newport Folk: John Hartford at Newport, '69 The multi-instrumentalist-songwriter, who died on this day in 2001, plays witty ditties like "The Category Stomp" and "Natural To Be Gone."
  18. In Constant Sorrow No More Newport Folk: In Constant Sorrow No More CV.org mourns the loss of treasured bluegrass pioneer Dr. Ralph Stanley, heard here at the Newport Folk Festival, 1968.
  19. Taj Mahal Newport Folk: Taj Mahal Even at this early stage of his career Taj Mahal was breathing new life into the blues and delivering charismatic performances.
  20. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Newport Folk: Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee A classic Sonny and Brownie performance. Close your eyes and be spirited away.
  21. Trey Anastasio Newport Folk: Trey Anastasio Phish fans will love this set. Just Trey on acoustic guitar, playing a wide range of both Phish and solo material in evocative presentations.
  22. Big Mama Thornton's Downhome Blues Newport Folk: Big Mama Thornton's Downhome Blues The singer-harmonica ace plays her signatures "Hound Dog" and "Ball and Chain" and covers Junior Parker's "Mother-in-Law Blues" in 1969.
  23. Tim Buckley plays Newport Folk 1968 Newport Folk: Tim Buckley plays Newport Folk 1968 This performance reveals Buckley beginning to create the new musical hybrid that would anchor his legacy. This is folk music to be sure, but evolving into a form beyond folk's boundaries.
  24. Brandi Carlile Newport Folk: Brandi Carlile Carlile delivers her timeless, passionate songs on a beautiful summer's day at Newport
  25. The Everly Brothers & Dad Newport Folk: The Everly Brothers & Dad Brothers Don and Phil join their long-retired guitar-playing Daddy Ike on a superb set of old-timey tunes at the 1969 Newport Folk Festival.
  26. Cowboy Junkies Newport Folk: Cowboy Junkies The Junkies deliver an engaging set with some of their familiar quiet moody dynamic, delightfully combined improvisational flights that are nothing short of intoxicating.