The Low Anthem Presents
Friday, July 26, 2013
“Know your farmer. Know your musician. It’s that simple idea that community and our relationships give meaning to the products we buy, the food we put in our mouths, the music we put in our air. The history of folk music is a history of communities, each developing their own strains of the stuff in a patchwork of cross-bled microcosms, rich as DNA, and in more shades than the jellybean. Local is the heart, and local feeds Newport Folk. In this spirit we are super happy to bring you Newport Homegrown, a revue featuring a cross section of the amazing music budding right in our backyard. Here are some of the amazing artists we are psyched to share the stage with…
Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes
These Providence kids are blowing up right now. Winners of last years BRU rock hunt, their frenetic, magical intricacy could in fact blow your minds, folk fans. Let this DIY euphoria fill you!
Last Good Tooth
These dudes’ dudes met over at RISD where they apparently “pretended to like art for a little while,” until they could get out of there and start playing fo real. They claim to be able to make girls dance to songs about 9/11, and I believe it. These local folksters wield a dark magic and deep grove.
Joel Thibodeau hails from Providence and fronts this neo-traditional folk project. His sublime voice and maestro touch feel otherworldly, but he lives down the street. He’s in the midst of a new recording over in Iceland at Sigur Ros’ studio. The bits I’ve heard are stunning.
I fell hard for Keith McCurdy the minute I heard him sing in 2011. Since then I’ve had the privilege of producing an amazing grungy, folky, rock upheaval for him at the Columbus Recording Co. on Providence’s west end. I am insanely happy to see him (and all of these artists) at Newport Folk Fest.
Huge thanks to Newport Folk for their commitment to the local music scene!!! For feeding the roots! Additional Homegrown artist announcements are coming. Stay tuned.”
– Ben Knox Miller
Artists and schedule are subject to change.