article by Warren Haynes

“No true musician can claim to embrace the music of someone without accepting as equal the human being from which it came. It is impossible to regard the influence of someone else’s creativity as great while judging the person who created it as somehow inferior.” Warren Haynes, Newsweek, 6/24/2020

read the full article at Newsweek.com

David Handelman on coping with the COVID lockdown

How have you been coping with COVID? If not the illness itself, then the whittled-down existence it has demanded? 
I have a suggestion.” 
–David Handelman

click to read David’s blog post

live music comforts coronavirus patients and caregivers

“I’m hoping to offer a brief moment of comfort or distraction or beauty.”Michelle Ross, violinist in Manhattan

click here to read the full NY Times article

RIP John Prine

“I guess I just process death differently than some folks. Realizing you’re not going to see that person again is always the most difficult part about it. But that feeling settles, and then you are glad you had that person in your life, and then the happiness and the sadness get all swirled up inside you. And then you’re this great, awful candy bar, walking around in a pair of shoes.”John Prine, quoted by Pitchfork, 2018

read rememberances in Rolling Stone and The New York Times

Instagram post from The Wood Brothers

“Here’s another one from our tiny attic sessions we did in January. We miss playing together and we miss playing for our fans but we feel inspired by the connection and community that’s resulted from everyone trying to get thru this together. This song is a good reminder not to sweat the small stuff. Enjoy and be safe!”

quarantined Italians sing from their balconies

Click above to see the entire twitter thread.

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Click here for a Vox.com article, with photos and additional links.

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Click photo to visit the New York Times coronavirus live updates page.

Avett Brothers interview

“That’s why we make art, music, film…to connect. I mean, our contribution and our duty, above all, is to love people. And our contribution is to make things that relate to people. And through those things, that’s our vehicle to actually directly, physically, emotionally, connect with them.”Scott Avett, September 2019

open letter from Jay Sweet

As stated on our about page, the idea for this blog was born out of the experience of attending the Newport Folk Festival each year. This letter from the Executive Producer captures some of the reason why.

 
 
 
 
 
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. Be Present Be Kind Be Open Be Together

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