Epiphone will be well represented at this year's Newport Folk Festival to be held July 28-30, at Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island with fans like Wilco, Shovels and Rope, and Billy Bragg with Joe Henry.  Our pal Chris Funk from the Decemberists will also host two For Pete's Sake tributes on the Museum Stage in honor of Pete Seeger featuring Reggie Harris, Olivia Cheny, and Lyla June.  Read our interview with Billy Bragg about his new Masterbilt Century Olympic and don't miss his new book, Roots, Radicals, and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World. 

"(The Olympic has) been a real great addition to the Shine A Light tour," Bragg told Epiphone. "I was initially only going to use my J-45 acoustic for the whole show, including my solo spot, which would have limited me to my more ballady songs. The compact size of the Olympic gives it a little more bite and the neck seems faster. I just felt like I was wielding something with more kinetic power than an ordinary acoustic, which really helped on the BB songs.

During the show Joe and I both have sections where we play our own material. With the election coming up, I've been dedicating "Accident Waiting to Happen" to Donald Trump and the Olympic has allowed me to play that chugging riff on the bottom E that I use on a lot of my songs. It simply wouldn't have worked so well on my J-45."