With the new design of the website and a a bunch of new images added to the site I want to start doing a series of blog posted dedicated to images and moments that often get lost in the fray. This post should have happened months and months ago. I often have to take time away from a project or series of images and come back months later to really cozy up to them. This revisit is dedicated to an amazing group of people and artists that made their mark at Newport Folk Festival 2013.
The Lone Bellow were announced as one of the bands to play the folk fest last year that I had never heard of before. As soon as I listened to their songs, I had a strong feeling they were going to blow people away. My wife and I saw them live in Boston just about a month prior to the festival and they were nothing sort of brilliant. Newport was in for a treat.
After the Boston show I had been talking with their manager Chris and had arranged for them to stay at on old friends house for the festival. They were to play a show in Atlanta the Friday night prior to their debut and arrive late that evening. At about midnight I worked my way back from the festival to my friends house to the great them. I got a text from Chris saying they were on their way. At about 4 a.m. Saturday morning they arrived. Needless to say they were extremely tired and in need of sleep. We all were. With quick hellos we said good night and met up again at 10am to head into Newport for the festival.
The big day had arrived and it hadn't really set in yet that they were playing the grand daddy of them all. We took the scenic route into Fort Adams so everyone could wake up and take in the views and work out some kinks in the set list. They had never been to Newport before and were amazed at how beautiful it was. When we arrived at Fort Adams, they were ear to ear with smiles and couldn't believe how beautiful the fort and the harbor were. It set in that they were playing the historic festival for the first time. They didn't take the honor for granted. With little to no sleep they took to the stage and put on one of the biggest performances of the weekend. They left nothing to chance and put everything they had into their show. Not a single person was sitting in their seats when it was all said and done. They became a part of the folk family and etched their names into the history books. It was amazing to be a part of. Enjoy the images - Brian