Watch the Highwomen Play Their First Show at Newport Folk Festival
The Newport Folk Festival is currently taking Rhode Island by storm, with a stacked lineup including sets from Jeff Tweedy, Kacey Musgraves, Maggie Rogers, Lucy Dacus, Phosphorescent, and more across its three days. But the biggest events of the weekend wasn’t a Wilco performance or some sort of Fahey-esque revivalism; country supergroup The Highwomen also wowed the crowd with their first-ever set at the event.
The group—which is made up of Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby—performed songs from their upcoming debut album in the same order they appear on the release. After opening with “Highwomen,” the group slipped into a cool rendition of lead single “Redesigning Women.” Elsewhere in their set, they performed their other single “If She Ever Leaves Me,” which Carlile jokingly called “the first gay country song.”
The Highwomen’s self-titled debut album is out September 6 via Low Country Sound/Elektra Records. Watch video footage of their first-ever Newport Folk Festival performance below.