Saturday at Mountain Jam 2016: Nathaniel Rateliff, Up-and-Comers Get the Spotlight [PICTURES]
Americana and folk fans at Mountain Jam 2016 didn't have a big name like Jason Isbell to look forward to on Saturday (June 4) the way they did on Friday (June 3), but those willing to spend a large chunk of the day inside the festival grounds were rewarded with sets from a number of talented up-and-comers, as well as some solo material from Warren Haynes.
Haynes' solo set was a last-minute addition following Gary Clark Jr.'s cancellation, and while it would have been wonderful to see Clark Jr., Jammers didn't seem to mind Haynes getting some more stage time. Clark Jr.'s cancellation also bumped Darlingside's show from the smaller Valley Stage to the (much) larger Mountain Stage. The indie folk / bluegrass quartet's simple setup -- one chair, one kick drum and the four men, each with an instrument -- looked small on the massive stage, but their classic sound and on-point harmonies earned them love from the early-in-the-day audience.
"In general, our set has a lot of contour -- some up songs, some down songs," the band tells The Boot. "The uptempo songs, generally, in a festival setting, entertain crowds, so [we] make sure that a few of those are in there, but we do throw in the deep cuts so that people who know our music or are attached to some of those songs on the album get to hear the full contour."
Trio Houndmouth had the unenviable task of immediately following a soulful, blistering set from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, who had festivalgoers packed onto the mountainside to dance along to the seven-piece band's blend of folk, soul and rock 'n' roll.
"We kind of started playing this music out of discouragement after years of people not giving a s--t about what we're doing ...," Rateliff told the crowd, "so thank you so much for giving a a s--t about what we're doing!"
The raucous "S.O.B." -- Rateliff and company's recent (and very first) No. 1 tune -- was, as expected, a giant dance party and sing-a-long, with the audience echoing the group's "woah-oh-oh"s and Rateliff doing some dancing of his own.
Readers can flip through the photo gallery above to see photos from throughout Mountain Jam 2016's Saturday sets.
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