Newport Folk Announces "Nashville to Newport"
The Newport Folk Festival has announced a collaborative performance that they’re calling “Nashville to Newport.” The project—which is spearheaded by Rhode Island’s Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons—will bring a number of Nashville musicians together for a concert at this year’s festival. Nashville to Newport will feature Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, as well as Amanda Shires, Andrew Combs, Derek Hoke, John McCauley, Joshua Black Wilkins, Patrick Sweany and Shelly Colvin. A message from Fletcher on Newport Folk’s website reads:
It is no secret that there is much more to Nashville, Tennessee than it’s incredible music history and the modern radio-friendly “country” music that is often associated with it today. It is still a place where incredible, independent musicians from all over the world meet, collaborate, and eventually can’t help but call home. There is something in the air that draws these people together in Middle Tennessee, and the atmosphere pushes them to excel in whatever brand of music they happen love. In my travels I have spent a good deal of time there, and I have witnessed some of the greatest musical moments of my life in smokey, little East Nashville bars and Lower Broadway honky tonks. It is with great pleasure that I get to introduce and welcome some of my very favorite Nashvillians to the Newport Folk Festival family.
This year mark the 55th anniversary of the storied Newport Folk Festival, which will be expanding to three days for the first time. Weekend passes, along with Saturday and Sunday passes, to the event have already sold out. However, tickets for Friday can still be purchased for $49.