Jason Isbell was one of the leading Americana artists to take the stage at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. During the festival, he sat down to talk about one of his biggest musical heroes, Bob Dylan, who bridged the gap between folk and rock and roll with his electrified set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.
Isbell talked briefly about how Dylan’s legendary switch from acoustic to electric at the Newport Folk Festival helped shape his music.
“It gives me an opportunity to sing my sad, folk, narrative-driven songs and still play rock and roll guitar solos, which is kinda my favorite thing in the world,” Isbell said.
When he finished, the interviewer said they had a special surprise waiting from him — something instrumental to Dylan’s legendary Newport performance. Watch the video below to see what happened.
Isbell’s most recent album, Something More Than Free, dropped in July, and quickly reached No. 1 on the country, rock and folk charts. It’s arguably Isbell’s strongest release to date. You can hear traces of Dylan’s melodies and narrative songwriting style in many of the tracks.