Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 9:26 am
It's not a stretch to call Frank Turner a folksinger, by any means, especially when he performs solo with an acoustic guitar. But he's also a rocker, a punk, a storyteller and an all-around delightful raconteur who sings self-deprecating songs about love, survival, debauchery, revolution and the many ways those topics intersect. Take away his backing players in The Sleeping Souls, and he still radiates the gale-force energy of a full band.
The U.K. singer-songwriter's new album, Tape Deck Heart, is a revelation — a set of perfect fist-in-the-air anthems and warm, smart ballads. Hear Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Saturday, July 27 in Newport, R.I.