I went to the Newport Folk Festival today. Mostly, I went to see Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle. OK, mostly I went to see Steve Earle, who is my favorite living artist. (Otis Redding is my favorite non-living artist.)
Steve Earle played solo acoustic guitar with harmonica. He started off with a song off his new CD "The Revolution Starts Now..." which is due out anyday now. I'd never heard any of it since it's not the kind of album to get any airplay. Anyway, these were the first lyrics he sang:
"Fuck the FCC
Fuck the FBI
Fuck the CIA
Livin' in the motherfuckin' USA ..."
The crowd went nuts. It was awesome. He also got called out for an encore, which was "Copperhead Road." If you're a Steve Earle fan, you know there is no way for that song not to kick ass.