Since its inception in 1959, the Newport Folk Festival has become that rarest of music events: an undeniable piece of American history. To capture the festival's timeless quality, Nashville photographer Giles Clement asked some of Newport's headliners, from Kris Kristofferson to Elvis Costello, to sit for clear-glass ambrotypes — a mid-19th century photography technique similar to tintypes. The results are stunning, depicting country, folk and rock artists in rich sepia tones reflective of their personalities and music.
Country traditionalist Margo Price brought songs from her debut Midwest Farmer's Daughter to the Newport stage.
With his cocked hat and thousand-yard stare, Elvis Costello's ambrotype pose defines the technique's surreal quality.
Singer Mary Beth Richardson of Nashville honky-tonkers Banditos strikes a Janis Joplin pose.
L.A. indie folk-rockers Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, led by singer Alex Ebert, performed songs from their latest album Person A.
With their vibrant style of soul, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats were a highlight of Newport.
Kris Kristofferson, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, delivered a 19-song set of classics like "For the Good Times" and "To Beat the Devil."
Ruby Amanfu, whom Beyoncé enlisted for her Lemonade album, dazzled Newport with her enormous voice.
Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs recently released a collaborative CD with k.d. lang and Neko Case.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band member Charlie Gabriel represented jazz at Newport, delighting with masterful clarinet solos.
Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius released their second album Good Grief this year.
Arkansas-based Afro-beat ensemble Amasa Hines are influenced by artists as diverse as John Coltrane and My Morning Jacket.
Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen released his latest album Por Favor in May.
Lady Lamb is the stage name of Maine indie-folk artist Aly Spaltro.
George Wein is the founder of both the Newport Jazz Festival and the folk festival and is credited with helping develop the modern-day festival template.
Atlanta sibling duo Larkin Poe is made up of sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, and have toured with Elvis Costello and Kristian Bush.
Country-Americana singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter performed songs off his latest album Imaginary Man.
Kentucky folksinger Joan Shelley often calls to mind Joan Baez in both her songs and vocal delivery.
Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle make up the folk duo Anna and Elizabeth.