Tributes Paid to Levon Helm and Woody at Newport Folk Festival
My Morning Jacket and Jackson Browne Perform
Rolling Stone reports: "A grey fog had descended and it had started to drizzle on My Morning Jacket's set at the Newport Folk Festival Saturday night, when frontman Jim James invited Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard onstage. "This one's for Levon," James said, kicking into the Band's "Makes No Difference" and gorgeously replicating Rick Danko's tearful delivery, while Howard belted her verses eyes-closed, threw her up her arms and twirled furiously as the band jammed."
"Minutes later, there was a flash of lightning and an aggressive storm arrived, flooding the roads and sending festivalgoers sprinting to the lengthy line for the ferry back into town, as officials cut My Morning Jacket's set short. "Thanks so much for sticking by us in the rain," James said. "It's an absolute honor for us to be playing on this holy ground."
Their set was just one moving moment at the 53rd Newport Folk Festival, which drew a sold-out crowd of 10,000 to the centuries-old Fort Adams over two foggy days for more than 50 acts, including Wilco, Jackson Browne, Tom Morello and Conor Oberst. My Morning Jacket's tribute to Helm brought to mind when the late drummer played "Makes No Difference" on the same stage in 2010. Ghosts loomed large everywhere this year; Iron & Wine's Sam Beam covered "Long Black Veil," Spirit Family Reunion paid tribute to Karen Dalton with "Green Rocky Road" and the recently departed Doc Watson, who played Newport several times over the decades, was projected on a giant screen above the main stage between sets. Woody Guthrie received the biggest tribute; Morello, Jim James and the Guthrie Family Reunion, a collection of Woody's extended family, sang his songs in separate sets to mark his centennial."