We had an amazing week seeing some of our favorite musicians perform, discovering new favorites, eating way too much, laughing, relaxing, and connecting with people who have been coming for many years.
I never miss Josh Ritter when he comes to town, so I was excited that he was one of the performers. He and his band did two of the best shows I saw all week. This is 20 seconds of them doing “Getting Ready to Get Down”:
Jason Isbell did not disappoint either:
After an amazing show by Steve Poltz ended, we walked into a lounge where Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires and friends were doing covers. Here are a couple of clips from that show:
A few years back we saw a band called Darlingside open for Patty Griffin and I was looking forward to them being on the ship. Here’s a clip from their show:
They were joined by a couple of members of The Ghost of Paul Revere for a cover:
Dawes opened one of their shows with a Neil Young cover:
I knew who Tommy Emmanuel was and had seen YouTube clips of him, but I wasn’t prepared for how amazing he was live — hands down the best guitarist I’ve ever seen live.
Kasey Chambers was on board, one of my favorite artists. Her stories were the best, and her songs were even better. Here’s a couple of those moments:
Paul Thorn was someone I hadn’t heard of before seeing him on the list of performers. He was hilarious. Here’s a clip of him, onstage with Tommy Emmanuel. He was pretending to be annoyed with Tommy showing him up on guitar:
Some of the greatest performances all week came from another band I wasn’t too familiar with — The War and Treaty. I’m a big fan now.
Another great surprise was Molly Tuttle. People on the ship fell in love with her, including me. Great clawhammer guitar, a beautiful voice, and killer songwriting. I predict big things for her.