Paul Simon made a shock look at Newport Folks Competition on Saturday, sitting in with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night time Sweats for a set consisting solely of Simon’s personal songs. It marked Simon’s first-ever look on the storied pageant, in addition to a uncommon stay efficiency for the veteran singer-songwriter, who beforehand introduced his retirement from touring in 2018.
With the backing of Rateliff & The Night time Sweats, Simon first carried out “Graceland.” He was then joined by Rhiannon Giddens to debut a brand new model of “American Tune,” that includes new lyrics penned by Simon. A efficiency of “The Boxer” adopted, with Simon joined Lucius, Lukas Nelson, Natalie Service provider, Jerry Douglas, and others. Lastly, he closed his set with “The Sound of Silence.”
Previous to Simon taking the stage, Rateliff & The Night time Sweats lined a number of extra of his songs, together with “Mom and Youngster Reunion,” “Slip Sliding Away,” “St. Judy’s Comet,” “El Condor Pasa,” “Homeward Certain,” and “Cecilia.”
“It’s been a dream of ours to convey Paul Simon to Newport Folks and in truth having Nathaniel and The Night time Sweats play such an integral a part of making that occur is the essence of what it means to be Folks Household,” stated Jay Candy, Government Producer and Director of Newport Folks, in a press release.
Watch fan-captured footage of Simon’s look beneath.