NEWPORT—For nearly five hours, Joe Fletcher and his posse of Nashville musicians played their hearts out to a packed and friendly crowd on the Museum Stage at the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday afternoon. Eleven different acts graced the stage from 1:30 p.m. to 5p.m. The blues, country and Americana folk started out loud and heavy with Deer Tick’s John McCauley, then spun easier with sweet
melodies from fiddler turned singer Amanda Shires with Jason Isbell on guitar and vocals. A band called Steelism with Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum Jr. used the pedal steel guitar to bring back a sound similar to Peter Frampton’s “talking guitar.” The duo backed up many of the others as they kept on bringing that Nashville sound. The lineup included heartthrob Andrew Combs, Shelly Colvin, Patrick Sweany, Derek Hoke, Joshua Black Wilkins, Rayland Baxter, Bobby Bare Jr., the Toy Soldiers and finished with Joe Fletcher of Warren and his band, The Wrong Reasons. Many of the Nashville singers joined in with Joe Fletcher for the last few songs, playing Fletcher’s “Flat Tire” and The Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek.” The host ended the show with a tribute to Brown Bird wishing musician Dave Lamb of Warren well in his fight against Leukemia.
On the Road from Newport, Joe Fletcher, Jason Isbell and Amanda Squires play the Sinclair Kitchen, Cambridge, MA on Monday, July 29. Show starts at 830 p.m.