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Brandi Carlile: Newport Folk 2018

Brandi Carlile at the Newport Folk Festival (photo by Adam Kissick/NPR)

Brandi Carlile at the Newport Folk Festival (photo by Adam Kissick/NPR)


The family spirit of the Newport Folk Festival is solid in Brandi Carlile's hands. She formed her own musical family with Phil and Tim Hanseroth years ago, and now they all tour together with their wives and children (they even make an appearance on the Newport stage). Stemming out from there, Carlile has fostered a living, breathing collaborative network of artists, walking the walk by showing up early and staying late to perform with her friends. Carlile was all over the festival, performing with Margo Price, Lucius, The Lone Bellow, Mumford and Sons and more.

It's all part of a great year, as By the Way, I Forgive You has brought even more fans into the Bramily. Her Sunday evening Newport set was pure celebration, as if she soaked up all that sunshine and love and poured it back over the crowd. The dynamic song list included several new tunes, older faves, and a couple nods to past inspiration, with covers of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" and a Led-Zep-fierce rendition of Joan Baez's "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You."


  • "Raise Hell"
  • "The Story"
  • "The Eye"
  • "The Mother"
  • "The Joke"
  • "Mainstream Kid"
  • "Sugartooth"
  • "A Case Of You" (Joni Mitchell)
  • "Babe, Im Gonna Leave You"
  • "Party Of One"
  • "Hold Out Your Hand"

[Recorded: 7/29/18; See more Newport Folk Festival coverage from WFUV and NPR Music.]

NPR Music Credits: Technical Director - Josh Rogosin; Production Assistant - Téa Mottolese; Location Recording facilities provided by Aura-Sonic, Ltd.; Producer - Suraya Mohamed; Photography - Adam Kissick. Special thanks to TuneIn's Newport Folk Radio.