Jim James, Father John Misty, Shovels & Rope and More Join Dawes in Newport
Photo via Dawes’ Facebook page
A slew of big name guests sat in with Dawes at Newport, RI’s Jane Pickens Theater on Saturday night. The performance was the LA-based band’s second Dawes & Friends late night show tied to the nearby Newport Folk Fest. Longtime Dawes friend and guitarist Blake Mills added some auxiliary guitar throughout the night.
As a tribute to JJ Cale, who passed away on Friday, Dawes opened their show with a cover of “After Midnight.” Then, they charged into their own “Most People,” “From a Window Seat” and
Blake Mills’ “The Way You Laugh.” The covers and guest appearances continued: Jason Isbell, who had a nearby show scheduled with Deer Tick, sat in on Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” and R.E.M.‘s “The One I Love” as well as some of his own songs. Langhorne Slim, who also performed as part of Deer Tick’s late night run, emerged for Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers Guns and Money,” recent Dawes support act Shovels & Rope appeared on Traveling Wilburys’ “At the End of the Line” and Father John Misty took the stage for “Donna on My Wind” and “Laid back Country Picker.” He also offered a solo spot of his own.
At the end of the night, Jim James took the stage to lead Dawes through Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” and Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” (James has covered Springsteen a few times since he saw the Boss live and participated in a Springteen-themed benefit tied to the Grammys.) The Dawes sing-along “When My Time Comes” closed the show.