By the time you read this, our staff will be headed to one of our favorite festivals of the year, The Newport Folk Festival. Aside from developing a rich history and countless memorable moments in its 53 years, the festival is still going strong in 2012 with an impressive lineup that includes big-name acts like Jackson Browne, My Morning Jacket, Iron & Wine and Conor Oberst.
In celebration of this weekend’s festivities, we’re taking a look at 10 great non-headlining acts we think you should check out at the festival. Take a listen to all of the artists below, and let us know who you’re excited to see in the comment box.
1. Robert Ellis
Hometown: Houston, Texas
For Fans of: George Jones, Kris Kristofferson
Set Time: July 28, 11:35 a.m. (Quad)
Last summer, country crooner Robert Ellis released his debut album, the fantastic Photographs. Ellis’ lyrics reflect on home life and failed relationships, all in front of a backdrop of colorful slide guitars and carefully picked acoustic parts. If Photographs is any indication, Ellis is no doubt a promising new voice to look out for.—Tyler Kane