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Folks ’16: Ten Ways to Look at a Song

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Andrew Bird playing his Beatlesque folk-pop at the Folksfest in Lyons CO.

By JOHN LEHNDORFF

Last weekend’s Folks festival in Lyons CO (bluegrass.com/folks/lineup.html provided dozens of examples of how folk/songwriter-driven music has evolved but it made no attempt to define it. I couldn’t be there for the entire weekend but I was lucky to hear some songs and performances that have stuck with me and my brain since.

 

Lucinda Williams and her excellent band at the Folks Festival

Lucinda Williams and her excellent band delivered a feisty, jammy set including her hit “Can’t Let Go”  at the Folks Festival in Lyons.

Andrew put aside the electronics for a few bluegrass-style folk tunes.

Andrew Bird put aside the electronics momentarily for a few bluegrass-style folk tunes with his band.

Kathy Mattea performed her first hit "She Came From Fort Worth" with the line "She's got a one-way ticket on the next bus for Boulder."

Kathy Mattea performed Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe” and her first hit “She Came From Fort Worth” with the line “She’s got a one-way ticket on the next bus for Boulder.”

 

Darrel Scott owned the Folks stage with anthemic tunes like “Great Day to Be Alive.”

Darrel Scott owned the Folks stage with anthemic, soulful tunes like “Great Day to Be Alive.”

Mavis Staples told the Folks Festival  audience "I'll Take You There" ... and she did.

Mavis Staples told the Folks Festival audience “I’ll Take You There” … and she did again and again.

 

 

 

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