Sleepover Show #139: Brown Bird & Joe Fletcher
What better way to kick off your Newport Folk Festival weekend than by filming two of the bands you’ve wanted to work with? How about filming them as you drive through Rhode Island on your way? How about filming them both at the same time? Done and done.
We’ve wanted to work with both Brown Bird and Joe Fletcher for a while now. They are both well known here in Boston and down in Providence, and we daresay that they should be so elsewhere.
It’s hard to beat the looming walls and picturesque views of Fort Adams, but our location for this show ended up being one of the coolest places we’ve ever filmed, hands down. Old rocking chairs, bones, religious artifacts, and art by William Schaff surrounded us, and there was even a dog just hanging out the whole time who didn’t mind a camera pointed at her. We filmed our first song with both Joe Fletcher and Brown Bird near the front window of the shop. Light reflected in the dim room from cars passing by. The music filled the space.
The weather was lovely, not too hot for the end of July, so we decided to head next door. A neighbor kindly offered to let us use their shady backyard. Dark green vines grew everywhere and the trio set up, taking sips of water from pint glasses in between tuning their instruments.
And after what seemed like too short a while, we bid them farewell and made our way to the fort. Over the weekend, they of course played incredible sets for the local crowd, and hopefully some new followers. We hope you enjoy.
Also, feel free to bid on some signed CDs they kindly offered up for our annual charity auction! You can see all the goods at our Facebook page here.
First up, Brown Bird with Nothing Left:
Next, Joe Fletcher singing Florence, Alabama:
And then together, Joe Fletcher and Brown Bird play Flat Tire:
Finally, a little exclusive. A song from Brown Bird that won’t appear on their next album, Slackjawed: