Newport Folk, 1968 - 1969

By: Concert Vault

21 songs / 1:35:13

  1. 1 Muddy Waters / Blues And Trouble 04:56
  2. 2 Joan Baez / The Banks Of The Ohio 04:28
  3. 3 Tim Buckley / Wayfaring Stranger 04:36
  4. 4 B.B. King / How Blue Can You Get 06:29
  5. 5 Taj Mahal / She Caught The Katy (And Left Me A Mule … 04:16
  6. 6 Big Mama Mae Thornton / Ball And Chain 06:07
  7. 7 Doc Watson Backstage Jam / Fire On The Mountain 03:57
  8. 8 Doc Watson Backstage Jam / George Wein Announcements 00:45
  9. 9 "Mississippi" Fred McDowell / Fred's Worried Life Blues 04:19
  10. 10 Ramblin' Jack Elliott / 912 Greens 06:25
  11. 11 Jean-Bosco Mwenda / If You Want To Be Rich 02:33
  12. 12 Theodore Bikel / Song Introduction 01:01
  13. 13 Theodore Bikel / Dobryvechir Diwchyno 02:11
  14. 14 Sleepy John Estes & Yank Rachell / Rats In My Kitchen 04:20
  15. 15 Ralph Stanley / Man Of Constant Sorrow 02:52
  16. 16 Jenkins, Jarrell, & Cockerham String Band / Song Int… 00:17
  17. 17 Jenkins, Jarrell, & Cockerham String Band / The Drun… 04:36
  18. 18 Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Blues Band / Messin' With T… 03:54
  19. 19 Joni Mitchell / The Circle Game 05:47
  20. 20 Kaleidoscope / Taxim 14:45
  21. 21 Taj Mahal / I Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way 06:39

The selections on this playlist come from the 1968 and 1969 Festivals, and are a good example of what the Newport Folk Festival continues to do through today: honoring the past through traditional Americana, while also staying a step ahead with the constantly changing definitions of folk music. So close your eyes, picture the ships out in the harbor and a breeze blowing across your face, and enjoy some tracks recorded over 40 years ago at the Newport Folk Festivals.

Here are a few notes to help you navigate through the setlist:
--The tracks by Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Ramblin Jack Elliott, and Mississippi Fred McDowell are all solo acoustic performances.
--Get cooking with electric blues from B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, and Taj Mahal's "She Caught the Katy" (the final track on this mix is a laid-back, spontaneous acoustic performance by Taj and a few friends).
--Stomp along to bluegrass with a Doc Watson-led backstage jam, Ralph Stanley, and the Jenkins, Jarrel and Cockerham String Band.
--Adding some international flavoring to this mix are folk tunes performed by Theodore Bikel (a co-founder of the Folk Festival) and Jean-Bosco Mwenda. Kaleidoscope's "Taxim" also has a strong Middle-Eastern influence.
--Joan Baez goes country with the Charles River Valley Boys.
--Tim Buckley is ethereal.
--Sleepy John Estes and Yank Rachell provide one more example of tasty acoustic blues.