SXSW Artists at Newport Folk Festival

Written by Jessica Pickett | Thursday, Aug 8, 2013

Jim James at SXSW 2013

Two weeks ago, the 54th annual Newport Folk Festival took place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. The festival first gained heavy recognition in the early 60s with performances by legendary musicians including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Muddy Waters and Johnny Cash.

NFF first joined the SXSW family this past event, hosting a 2013 official music showcase at The Blackheart alongside Paste Magazine and Sennheiser, a German audio company. Jason Isbell, Spirit Family Reunion, and Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers were just a few acts from their impressive lineup.

Their showcase opener was up-and-coming four-piece band Houndmouth, who released their debut album, From The Hills Below The City, on Rough Trade Records right before SXSW 2013. Since their time in Austin, they've landed performance spots on both David Letterman and Conan, and have covered songs by South By favorites Billy Bragg and Wilco. They played their first NFF performance on the Saturday of the event and received rave reviews.

Other SXSW artists to have graced the Newport stages this year include Feist, Jim James, The Lumineers, John McCauley, Lord Huron, and Amanda Palmer.

NPR Music was present for the three-day festival and has provided their live footage and audio on their website for your viewing and listening pleasure. Check it out here.

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Photo by Rita Quinn


Jessica Pickett booked the Newport Folk Festival showcase at SXSW 2013. You can catch Jessica on The Backbeat, SXSWfm’s indie-rock specialty show airing Tuesdays at 6am, 12pm, & 6pm CDT, Wednesdays at 12am CDT, and Saturdays at 11pm CDT.