Newport Folk Festival: Jackson Browne

It’s always sad to see the weekend-long events of Newport Folk Fest wrap up on Sunday evening, and there was one more performance to go before the festival officially concluded. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne was scheduled as the headliner for Sunday, and it was a fitting way to end the weekend with the songwriting legend performing on the Fort stage. The rain had just begun to fall over Fort Adams State Park, but it had held off long enough that day, and the people in the audience didn’t seem deterred anyway; there was still plenty of enthusiasm as Browne took the stage on Sunday evening.

Browne went straight for the piano as his set began, and for his opener he chose “Black And White”, which set the mood for the audience. After finishing, he said, “It’s been an amazing weekend, hasn’t it?” to which the crowd members responded supportively. For the next song, “Call It A Loan”, Browne switched to playing acoustic guitar, and then he followed in the tradition of other Newport artists of the weekend by inviting Sara Watkins onstage to sing “A Child In These Hills”. For the rest of his set, Browne kept Watkins and other artists such as Dawes onstage with him, and blazed through songs like “I’ll Do Anything”, “The Barricades Of Heaven”, “These Days”, and his popular hit “Take It Easy” that is covered by The Eagles. As a bonus, Browne brought Jonathan Wilson and even Tom Morello to play with him toward the end, and his performance ended with a bang as he, Morello, Watkins, Dawes, and Wilson played the Warren Zevon song “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” off the 1978 album Excitable Boy. After a long weekend of nonstop music, it was awesome that the enthusiasm and community was still going strong, and who better to end the three days of music than with a legend like Browne. Now we can only look forward to which artists we will see perform there next summer!


By Sarah Ruggiero
Photos by Sherwin Su

3 Responses to Newport Folk Festival: Jackson Browne

  1. Take It Easy was written by Jackson Browne.

    robbie August 1, 2012 at 1:26 AM Reply
    • Hi Robbie,

      Thank you for the correction! It’s fixed now. I didn’t know he originally wrote the song, so that will be neat to tell people next time I hear The Eagles’ cover of it!

      Thank you,
      Nina C.

      Nina C. August 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM Reply
  2. take it easy is a Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey cowrite. It was the lead single from the first eagles record and the First track on Jackson’s second record.

    Mike Soderberg March 8, 2013 at 8:51 PM Reply

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