This year the Newport Folk Festival featured a lot of two things: surprise sit-ins and covers. Roger Waters played with My Morning Jacket, and they covered John Prine. Iron and Wine and Band of Horse’s Ben Bridwell formed a band, and they covered Talking Heads. Most notably, Dawes, Hozier, First Aid Kit, Gillian Welch, Deer Tick, and many more all formed a supergroup to cover a bunch of Bob Dylan songs (for the 50th anniversary of his legendary going-electric performance there).
One of the best covers of the weekend though was during the Lone Bellow‘s set, where they covered the Everly Brothers‘ “When Will I Be Loved” with surprise guest Lucius – who weren’t even on the bill, but just there sitting in all over the place. Luckily, NPR taped the full set. We’ve got a download of “When Will I Be Loved” below, but you can stream the full thing there (including more sit-ins by Leon Bridges and the New Breed Brass Band).
Listen to the full set at NPR Music.