Free Dirt Records recording artist Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three wowed a large and enthusiastic crowd on August 1, 2010 at the Newport Folk Festival. A number of music critics in the audience wasted no time before sharing their excitement about the performance. Here's a sampling:
"[Pokey LaFarge] studies the past and makes it his own... his voice is strong and warm and the show he and the South City Three put on at Newport was simply charming. The sentiment in ["Feels So Good"] pretty well sums up what I love about this band." - Bob Boilen, NPR
"Best Discovery: This 26-year-old St. Louis troubadour is all about reviving the roaring 1920s -- and onstage Sunday he did a fine job. Wearing a high-waisted gray suit with perfectly slick-backed hair, LaFarge strummed an acoustic guitar and lead his three-piece band on old-school jazz and blues standards like the snappy and fun "Right Key, Wrong Key Hole," plus ragtime, swing, and Delta-meets-Appalachia tracks off their aptly-titled new release, 'Riverboat Soul'. 'This is a folk festival and we are playing American music, people,' he announced from the stage. Amen." - William Goodman, Spin Magazine
"Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three channeled a sepia-toned era with their irresistible take on Western swing and old-time jazz." - James Reed, Boston Globe
"St. Louis-based La Farge's band was one of the festival's coolest relatively unknown acts. Nattily dressed in vintage attire (with one looking like Peewee Herman and another like revivalist Leon Redbone did 35 years ago), they served up 1920s-'40s swing and country blues styles (with many songs from La Farge's pen)." - Bruce Sylvester, Goldmine
Check out more about the Newport Folk Festival here.