White Fence - Woodsist 2011

Photos by Nicole Browner and Ben Van Houten

Last weekend in Big Sur, Woodsist Records and (((folkYEAH!))) teamed up to present the sublimely wonderful 2011 Woodsist Fest. These photos showcase most of the many bands that played at the Fernwood Resort and Henry Miller Library, but they just can’t come close to capturing the natural beauty of Big Sur that enveloped the weekend.

Musically, the highlights were many. The new Real Estate songs have me really excited about the new record. The Fresh and Onlys and Woods should figure out some way to tour in their “Big Band” configuration. Also, they should cut an album of Neil Young covers.

Most impressive, though, were two standout performances featuring the brothers Presley. Saturday night, Nodzzz reminded me why I loved Innings so much earlier this year (and why I need to revisit it pronto). Sunday, Sean Paul joined his brother Tim and the rest of White Fence for a set that was so revelatory, Tim Cohen dedicated the Fresh and Onlys set to them, song-by-song.

Thanks again, Woodsist Fest. I hope to see you next year.

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