Deer Tick Covers ZZ Top’s ‘Cheap Sunglasses’ At Newport Folk Festival

Deer Tick honored ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill by covering “Cheap Sunglasses” on Wednesday at Newport Folk Festival. The performance came on the same day ZZ Top announced the death of the legendary band’s bassist, who was 72-years-old.

Rhode Island-born Deer Tick, who are longtime Newport regulars, returned to Fort Adams State Park to close out the sixth and final day of the Newport Folk Festival’s Folk On event. The set saw Vanessa Carlton come out for a collaborative performance of “In Our Time.”

The band also welcomed Courtney Marie Andrews, S.G. Goodman, Katie Pruitt and Langhorne Sim for a cover of Ben Vaughn’s “Too Sensitive for This World.” Deer Tick’s set ended with their traditional leading of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight, Irene” while joined on stage by many of the other Newport Folk performers.

Watch Deer Tick cover ZZ Top’s “Cheap Sunglasses” below:


Deer Tick at Fort Adams State Park

  • Don’t Hurt
  • The Dream’s in the Ditch
  • Me and My Man
  • Twenty Miles
  • Dirty Dishes
  • Card House
  • Cocktail
  • Art Isn’t Real (City of Sin)
  • Hope Is Big / Tripping Up the Stairs
  • The Rock
  • Cheap Sunglasses  
  • Easy
  • Baltimore Blues No. 1
  • Clownin’ Around
  • Cake and Eggs
  • In Our Time
  • Smith Hill
  • Too Sensitive for This World  
  • If She Could Only See Me Now
  • Mange
  • Jumpstarting
  • Ashamed
  • Goodnight, Irene