2017 Spring/Summer Country Preview: 25 Anticipated Albums, Festivals

From new releases by Angaleena Presley and Jason Isbell to annual blowouts like Stagecoach and CMA Music Festival

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Newport Folk Festival
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Newport Folk Festival

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Dates: July 28th - 30th
Now nearing its 60th anniversary, Rhode Island's storied folk and Americana music festival has undergone a renaissance in recent years. Newport Folk, long famous as the scene of Bob Dylan going electric and leaving the out-of-touch purists behind, has found new life as a midsummer mecca for today's stars and yesterday's heroes to get together and maybe even collaborate. Last year saw Kris Kristofferson make a historical return (his first appearance since 1969), and 2017 looks set to build on that momentum, with Fleet Foxes, the Avett Brothers and John Prine headlining the fest's three days, which will also include Angel Olsen, Rhiannon Giddens and a tribute to Chuck Berry. J.G.

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