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Essential Newport Folk no. 2

essential newport folk fest playlist no. 2 // a thousand threads
So it might’ve been kind of hard for me to weed this one down (even now I’m still mourning the songs I left off) but that’s because the lineup at Newport Folk Fest this year is so. good.

… and we’re leaving in just 2 days, which means that at this point I’m pretty much doing nothing but staring at the clock and running circles around my cell office, counting down the hours until we leave.

It’ll be hard to top our experience last year… the perfect evenings, the perfect shows, the best luck ever that kept us out of the rain and in the room just a few feet from some of our favorite bands… but I can barely stand to wait. So I made a list.


The Devil Makes Three Old number seven
Lucero Texas & Tennessee
Hey Rose
A little bit of everything
Gregory Alan Isakov
Saint Valentine
Shakey Graves
Unlucky skin
Trampled by Turtles
Are you behind the shining star?
Band of Horses
No one’s gonna love you
Jenny Lewis
The voyager
Leif Vollebekk
Cairo blues
Noah Gundersen
Pokey LaFarge
Central time
Shovels & Rope
To be alone
Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
Tam lin (child 39)
Ages and Ages
Light goes out
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Diablo rojo
Deer Tick
The rock
Valerie June
Somebody to love
Mavis Staples
I like the things about me
Jack White

P.S. You can see last year’s essential playlist here.


Summer playlist no. 1

summer playlist // a thousand threads
A little playlist to help usher in the sun. (We need it today in DC!)

Waters Got to my head
Spirit Family Reunion Green rocky road
Phosphorescent Ride on/right on
Desert Noises Dime in my pocket
Neil Young Harvest moon
First Aid Kit My silver lining
Josh Ritter Bonfire
Josh Rouse Sunshine (come on lady)
Tune-Yards Water fountain
Tokyo Police Club Hot tonight
PHOX Slow motion
Hozier Cherry wine
Townes Van Zandt Pancho and lefty
Camera Obscura Do it again

Listen here — and don’t forget, today is the last day to enter our $100 Anthropologie giveaway. Good luck if you already have!


Newport Folk Fest 2013 // The Essential Playlist

newport folk essential playlist / a thousand threads
I’ve been singing since I came home, so I thought I’d share a few songs from my favorite shows.

I didn’t include the Avett Brothers, Lumineers, or Frank Turner here because I think you’re probably already in love (if there are any there you haven’t heard, though — run, don’t walk). These are the bands that are waiting to be loved just as much.

So if you’re not already listening, check them out. Folk Fest always catches the best of the best.

And if you’re thinking it’s all banjos and harmonicas… think again. Folk is an ethos, not a sound, and no festival understands that better than Newport.  There’s a little something for pretty much anyone on there (although, okay… I’ll admit… there are a few banjos and harmonicas too).

To listen on Spotify, click here.

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