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Clearwater 2014

Lucinda Williams - FUV Live at Clearwater - 2014

by Rita Houston
Photo by Gus Philippas

Americana's pre-eminent songwriter has fused country, rock and roots sounds into a career of beloved, Grammy-winning music. The badass poet of Lake Charles, Louisiana has appeared all over the world, and we were lucky to catch Lucinda Williams in the relatively intimate Clearwater world.

Puss n Boots - FUV Live at Clearwater - 2014

by Carmel Holt
Photo by Gus Philippas

After playing together live for half a dozen years, Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper finally decided it was time to make their collaboration formal as a band. Puss n Boots is a loose and fun new direction for the three friends, and their set today not only showcased their individual talents, but also how they've found the freedom to explore new musical landscapes together.

Lake Street Dive - FUV Live at Clearwater - 2014

by Carmel Holt
Photo by Gus Philippas

There is nothing quite as exciting for music fans than watching a band you love get the attention and recognition they deserve. Hard work and undeniable talent has finally paid off for Lake Street Dive, nearly a decade after joining forces at the New England Conservatory. Their jaw-dropping performances and genre-spanning, outstanding new album, Bad Self Portraits, has landed them on many major festival stages this summer, and they fit right in at Clearwater. Killer vocals, harmonies, and a tight band make instant fans of newcomers, and growing numbers of die-hards.

Martin Sexton - FUV Live at Clearwater - 2014

by Paul Cavalconte
Photo by Gus Philippas

Upstate New York is home for Martin Sexton, who grew up as the 10th of 12 kids in Syracuse. This is his third Clearwater appearance in a 20-plus-year career that FUV listeners have been able to follow all along. His set (with sweet backing vocals from the Brothers McAnn) includes many of the songs we've come to love.

Dar Williams - FUV Live at Clearwater - 2014

by John Platt
Photo by Gus Philippas

There's probably no one more comfortable at Clearwater than Dar Williams. She grew up about 20 minutes from Croton Point Park in Chappaqua, and for many years she's lived up the river in Beacon, where Pete and Toshi Seeger made their home for more than 60 years.

Like Pete, Dar doesn't just live there, she's an involved member of the community. And also like Pete, she's been an environmental activist and has even served on the Clearwater board. This is her 18th year performing here.

Josh Ritter - FUV Live at Clearwater - 2014

by Dennis Elsas
Photo by Gus Philippas

Josh Ritter played his third Clearwater Festival on this beautiful Sunday afternoon — performing old favorites, songs from his most recent release The Beast In its Tracks, and providing a preview of a few new tunes. In keeping with the spirit of the day, honoring Pete and Toshi Seeger, he shared a very personal story of a letter Pete had written to him when Josh was 19.

Recap: Clearwater Festival 2014

by Rita Houston
Photo by Gus Philippas

What a gorgeous weekend of music, sunshine, and community at Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival.  I'm so glad we were able to broadcast all weekend from this historic and important festival.

It was a big weekend at Clearwater, with a genre-spanning lineup that drew record crowds — 25,000 music fans attended over two days to enjoy music, food, crafts and more. Clearwater has always been about more than just music with the inherent mission that Pete and Toshi founded of environmentalism, activism, volunteerism and education.

Richard Thompson - FUV Live at Clearwater - 2014

by Corny O'Connell
Photo by Gus Philippas

Richard Thompson was a teenager when he co-founded Fairport Convention in 1967. Over the years he has proven himself to be a great songwriter, a captivating performer and an amazing guitarist. His last album, Electric, had him strapping on his Stratocaster, while his forthcoming Acoustic Classics has him unplugging once again. 'Acoustic Classics' would be an apt way to describe his set at Clearwater, which included "Dimming of the Day," "Wall of Death," and "1952 Vincent Black Lightning."

Question of the Day: Sing-Along Songs

by Corny O'Connell
Photo by Gus Philippas

We're still floating on the good vibes from this past weekend's Clearwater Festival. In case you missed the the live broadcast, you can hear some of the performances in the WFUV archives with more to come. The spirit of Clearwater founder Pete Seeger lived on throughout the weekend. Let's extend that spirit this morning with your favorite sing-along songs. Put 'em in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am. 

Here's what we played: