Friday, July 26, 2013
“The first time I heard Phosphorescent, the working moniker of Alabama via Brooklyn songwriter Matthew Houck, was off of a smart phone owned by Newport Folk advisor, Ben Knox Miller. Ben and the rest of his band, The Low Anthem were trying to learn Phosphorescent’s “Mermaid Parade” for the VoiceProject.org, an organization who uses music to fight for positive social change. It was a collective band favorite and they played it over and over in order to memorize the song’s solemn subtleties and aching melody. Even hearing Houck’s voice seep out of such a tiny speaker, I could tell he was the real deal with a true musical soul. Not long after, I made a point to go see Phosphorescent in person. Needless to say I was bowled over and what Ben told me when I asked him why he chose to cover Houck, all made such perfect sense; “Because his music makes it okay to have your heart broken.
Therefore it is with an open heart that I would like to introduce Phosphorescent to our 2013 Line-up.”
– Jay Sweet
Producer, Newport Folk Festival
Artists and schedule are subject to change.