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Watch The Civil Wars Cover Elliott Smith at Newport in 2011

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Since some of us at Paste just got back from Newport Folk Festival this past weekend (stay tuned for our coverage), we thought we’d dig just a few years back into the vault for today’s throwback pick and highlight an impressive session recorded at the festival back in 2011.

The Civil Wars  are sadly now defunct, but six years ago on this day, they were gracious enough to stop by before their set at Newport and lend their gorgeous harmonies to a cover of the Elliott Smith classic “Between the Bars.” Check it out in the player below.

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