Each week, bands and artists roll into Rubber Tracks Studio at Converse’s Boston headquarters to record new music. But it’s rare that a trio of artists will do so fresh off the stage from Newport Folk Festival.
But that’s what in store for Boston string player Sam Moss and a pair of Brooklyn-based performers, Australian-born “folkadelic” player B.R. Mackie and Swiss-born blues-folk artist Sam Himself. The trio will record here in town with Rubber Tracks after being selected as winners of the “Converse Rubber Tracks x Newport Folk Festival Recording Week” competition, collaborating with producer and sound engineer Dave Minehan the week of July 25 to 30.
But first, they’ll all play Newport Folk this weekend, and be paired up with another Newport artist for a set on the Museum Stage. On Friday, Mackie will team up with Elvis Perkins; on Saturday, Moss hooks up with Rhode Island ensemble Good Friends And The Music of Providence, which features members of Deer Tick, the Low Anthem, and Smith & Weeden; and on Sunday, Sam Himself joins Larkin Poe.
Last year’s winners in the inaugural “Converse Rubber Tracks x Newport Folk Festival Recording Week” were Honeysuckle, the Ghost of Paul Revere, and Ancient Cities.
Catch a preview of each 2016 artist below, and go here for the latest schedule of events and performances at Newport Folk Festival.