Saturday, July 27, 2013
“Colin Meloy has always been a favorite of HeadCount. We began working with him in 2008 on his solo tour, registering voters in every city along the way. When we put together a voter guide and asked musicians what they cared about most, he spoke eloquently about same-sex marriage, years before public opinion had turned on the issue.
Meloy stands out as a unique personality, a storyteller’s storyteller, a Renaissance Man. That’s not to overlook his accomplishments as a musician. The Decemberists’ frontman possesses an achingly defined voice and has, along with his bandmates, shaped the group’s sound to include a myriad of directions: compact folk-pop, sprawling ballads and progressive organ workouts.
At heart (and mind), however, Meloy is an artist of decidedly literary pedigree. In another time and place, he might have been known as a bard or a griot rather than a rock star. His songs are both distinct and far-reaching, folk tales marked with footnotes, spanning global history. If all this paints a heavily academic portrait of the artist, that’s both somewhat undeniable and undermining at the same time.
His songs escape their historical trappings, exploding into emotional present – tradition and modernity, merged into one.
In 2011, the Newport Folk Festival named Meloy to its Board of Advisers and frankly, we couldn’t think of many artists better suited to the task of maintaining the integrity of the festival – as an adviser and as a performer. He embodies the old and the new of folk tradition, continuing a musical legacy while carving out his own.”
– Zachary Herrmann
Artists and schedule are subject to change.