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Newport Folk Festival, Turn of the Decade 1989 - 1990
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Blues, Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Once the denizen of passionate preservationists, folk music after Dylan has become a singer-songwriter affair, a genre in which a song gains force as an expression of self rather than tradition. The Newport festivals heede... more »
Once the denizen of passionate preservationists, folk music after Dylan has become a singer-songwriter affair, a genre in which a song gains force as an expression of self rather than tradition. The Newport festivals heeded that change, and this solid anthology has striking, nervy performances of originals like Robert Earl Keen's "Mariano," Shawn Colvin's "Cry Like an Angel," and Cheryl Wheeler's "Arrow," all of which surpass their studio predecessors. The rare tracks from Greg Brown and Richard Thompson are also welcome. Indeed, only the opening and closing contributions from Pete Seeger seem out of place. No matter: Chris Smither's gorgeous solo acoustic version of "Killing the Blues" is ample compensation. --Roy Kasten
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Asa Swain | Buffalo, NY | 12/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I got this CD 3 years ago, and I have loved it ever since. At the time I didn't know much about folk music except for people like Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthery, whom I had heard my parents play. I didn't realize at the time what a good album this was. It contains a variety of really good folk songs from groups like Indigo Girls and Sweet Honey in the Rock. All of the recordings are live, which just adds to the effect of these really good songs. I especially enjoyed Arrow (Cheryl Wheeler), American Tune (Indigo Girls), and Cry like an Angel (Shawn Colvin). Some of each artist's best efforts are on this disk. Pete Seeger is the exception, but he is getting a bit old to sing so his music can't be rated on the same scale. If you like the folk music traditions of Bob Dylan and pete seeger, or enjoy any of these groups, I strongly encourage you to get the CD. It is a great compliation of the new generation folk singers and it introduced me to several of my favorite groups."