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The Newports Live! at the Acorn

by The Newports

Horn-based blues, rock and soul, delivered with a Chicago southside vibe.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Is This Love? (Live)
4:40 album only
2. Can't Find My Way Home (Live)
9:09 album only
3. Knock on Wood (Live)
3:24 album only
4. Low Rider (Live)
3:52 album only
5. When My Train Pulls In (Live)
6:12 album only
6. Tied to the Whipping Post (Live)
5:42 album only
7. Little Wing (Live)
4:48 album only
8. Roll with It (Live)
5:30 album only
9. Got My Mojo Working (Live)
5:57 album only
10. All Along the Watchtower (Live)
4:17 album only
11. A Day in the Life (Live)
5:01 album only


Album Notes
The Newports Live! At the Acorn was recorded in November 2018 in southwest Michgan’s coolest music venue. The eleven tracks on the album range from reggae (Bob Marley’s “Is This Love”) to soul (“Low Rider,” “Knock on Wood”), to Hendrix (“Little Wing” and “All Along the Watchtower”) to blues, both classic (“Got My Mojo Working”) and contemporary (Gary Clark Jr.’s “When My Train Pulls In”).
The Newports’ roots go back to their teen years at Thornton Township High School in Harvey Illinois. Five years ago, on a hot July night, they reconvened for what they thought would be a one-shot open mic performance at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks. Hoping for one of those Blues Brothers’ “getting the band back together” dreams come true, the night turned into so much more. With no time for rehearsal, the playlist consisted of classic rock tunes and blues standards that each of the guys had performed with numerous bands over the years. Everything clicked, and a few days later the headline in the Arts & Entertainment section of the New Buffalo Times read “Acorn the Scene of Jaw-Dropping Music by The Newports!” One thing led to another, and they’ve been performing regularly as a nine-piece blues/rock/soul ensemble ever since. It is fitting that their debut album was recorded at the venue that gave the twenty-first century version of the Newports their big break.
The Newports' playlist is much more eclectic now than it was at that open mic event in the summer of 2014: a mix of blues, rock, funk, and soul with a distinctive southside Chicago vibe. Since reuniting, The Newports have been performing regularly in the greater Chicago area, northwest Indiana, and southwest Michigan. Their high-energy performance is faithfully captured in The Newports Live! At the Acorn.
The Newports are: Mark Rongers (vocals, lead guitar), Terry "Sony Lee" Tritt (tenor sax and musical director), Ralph Whipple (trumpet), Darryl Neil X (baritone sax, vocals), Jeff Sachs (trombone, guitar), Eddie Beard (keyboards, vocals), Gene Nourie (drums), Jumpin' Gene Halton (harmonica, percussion), and Bill Bielby (bass).



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