JUN. 2015 – SOLD OUT

Music is a big part of Blackwing’s past, present and future. Few events embody the Blackwing spirit like the famed Newport Folk Festival®, which takes place every July in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Newport Folk Festival® is a place for people who crave innovation but appreciate tradition. It has served as the setting for groundbreaking performances by artists like Johnny Cash and Howlin’ Wolf, and it helped launch the careers of iconic artists such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Perhaps its most memorable moment came in 1965 when Bob Dylan took center stage with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and played a controversial electric set that included the first known performance of “Like a Rolling Stone”.

The Blackwing 725 pays tribute to Newport as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1965 festival and its impact on music and culture. The pencil’s unique lacquer is inspired by the sunburst finish on the Fender Stratocaster that fueled what Rolling Stone Magazine called one of “50 Moments that Changed Rock n’ Roll.” The 25th day of the 7th month marks the date of Dylan’s memorable set. It also marks the date of the Saturday night showcase at the 2015 festival, which features a new generation of insurgent artists including Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and Nikki Lane.

The Blackwing 725 is sold out. To ensure you receive future releases, subscribe to the Blackwing Volumes program. 

Every Blackwing purchase benefits music and arts education at the K-12 level.