Sunny War has been chosen to participate in this year’s Newport Folk Festival, a tremendous honor for the guitar virtuoso whose gorgeous voice and confessional lyricism have propelled her to the forefront of the contemporary folk world. The first-ever Newport Folk Festival took place in 1959, and the annual event has been seminal to development of both the folk and rock traditions — after all, it was here that Bob Dylan first “electrified!”
War joins a long list of luminaries that includes not only Dylan but Odetta, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Kris Kristofferson, The Staple Singers, Los Lobos, Joan Baez, Wilco, Brian Wilson, Beck, Dolly Parton, Patti Smith… honestly, the list is incredible and just doesn’t stop. Congratulations to Sunny War for being acknowledged as one of the greats! Learn more at the Newport Folk Festival site, here. War’s most recent album, Shell Of A Girl, is available on our download page along with 2018’s With The Sun.