Newport Folk Festival adds Jack White

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Tickets are already long gone but as the Newport Folk Festival continues to add performers to what may be one of its strongest lineups in recent memory, organizers have saved the best for last with the blockbuster addition of Jack White. As part of a world tour in support of his new album Lazaretto, the guitar virtuoso will deliver a headlining performance at Rhode Island’s Fort Adams State Park on Saturday, July 26.

Released earlier this week, Lazaretto is White’s second solo studio effort and follow-up to 2012’s Blunderbuss. On the new album, which he began recording at his home studio in 2012 during tour gaps, White is said to have experimented more with his guitar playing.

“I really love the guitar sounds and the solos that happened on this record,” he said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “I didn’t spent that much time on that on Blunderbuss. I was looking at songwriting in a different way. With this record, I got to new places. I never played in drop-D tuning before, for one thing, and the solos were recorded live, in the room, at the time, the first thought out of my head. That’s different from mapping it out — ‘This is the solo, then blah-blah-blah is here.’ The guitar was in control of the song.”

The addition of White is a major coup for the non-profit Newport Folk Festival and in announcing the addition, producer Jay Sweet explained the idea for White came during his first meeting with festival founder George Wein asked him to compile a “list of every artist that for some reason or another has not played Newport Folk but should” and also asked who could “help bring the blues back to Newport in a meaningful and explosive way”. His answer was Jack White and after six years, he was successful in bringing White to the legndary festival. Read the full announcement here.

As previously reported, this year’s Newport Folk Festival will take place over three days from Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27. Leading the way will be Ryan Adams, Nickel Creek, Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Band of Horses, Conor Oberst and Dawes. Other recent additions since our last update include Hozier, The Haden Triplets, Pokey LaFarge, Pegi Young & The Survivors, Berklee Gospel And Roots Choir, John Reilly & Friends, Ages and Ages, Mandolin Orange, Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer. The complete festival lineup is available below.

Along with the appearance at Newport, White will perform a special performance at Fenway Park on Wednesday, September 17. The concert will take place in a “Bleacher Theater” format with the stage set up atop the right field bullpen and seating available in the bleachers and certain grandstand sections for a limited capacity of 7,500.

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