Although the attendance (and the attendant live albums) for the 1964 Newport Folk Festival was greater than any previous event, it must be said that it could not hold a candle to its most immediate predecessor. In 1963, after all, folk and the protest movement were at their peak - by 1964, both the winds of change and the forces of commerce had begun to sweep across the vista and, while there is no faulting either the commitment or the performances aired that weekend, still one can sense the mood beginning to shift.
One of six live albums issued to document the Newport Folk Festival that was staged July 26-28, 1963, The Evening Concerts, Vol. 1 effortlessly echoes the diversity of the festival itself. The recording is dominated by three performers: bluesman Mississippi John Hurt with four songs, Sam Hinton, and the queen of folk, Joan Baez, with three. It's a balance that seems peculiar today, all the more so since the highlighted performances aren't necessarily the best aired that weekend. Looking out from Freebody Park, RI, that summer evening in 1963, protest music really did seem set to change the world. And one day, maybe it will.
1. The Barnyard Song.
The Newport Jazz Festival is a music festival held every summer in Newport, Rhode Island. Elaine Lorillard established the festival in 1954, and she and husband Louis Lorillard financed it for many years. They hired George Wein to organize the first festival and bring jazz to Rhode Island. Most of the early festivals were broadcast on Voice of America radio, and many performances were recorded and released as albums. In 1972, the Newport Jazz Festival was moved to New York City
Newport Folk Festival 1963 The Evening Concerts Vol. 1 by various artists.
Evening Concerts, Vol. 1. Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival, July 23-26. from the liner notes by Stacey Williams: In the spring of 1963, from the banks of the Charles River, which runs between Boston and Cambridge, came an exciting new sound. Using such old instruments as the jug, the washtub bass, the comb, kazoo, washboard and anything else lying around, the jugband made a curiously compelling rhythmic sound. One of the best, if not the best, of the revival jugbands is the one led by Jim Kweskin.
|–Pete Seeger||Oh Mary Don't You Weep||4:25|
|–Pete Seeger||Never Wed An Old Man||2:25|
|–Sleepy John Estes||Corinna||2:35|
|–José Feliciano||La Bamba||2:42|
|–José Feliciano||El Pastor||2:22|
|–José Feliciano||I'm Satisfied With My Babe||1:55|
|–Rodriguez Brothers||Yo Soy Negro||2:45|
|–Phil Ochs||The Power And The GLory||2:00|
|–Phil Ochs||Draft Dodger Rag||2:15|
|–Frank Proffitt||Tom Dooley||2:20|
|–Frank Proffitt||Moonshine Still||1:50|
|–Jim Kweskin And The Jug Band*||I'm A Woman||3:50|
|–Jim Kweskin And The Jug Band*||Sadie Green||2:45|
|–Jim Kweskin And The Jug Band*||My Gal||3:18|
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|TFL 6050||Various||The Newport Folk Festival 1964 Evening Concerts: Vol. 1 (LP)||Fontana||TFL 6050||UK||1965|
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