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Folk Alley Radio Show #171109

November 11, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Neil Young - Old Man - Harvest - Reprise

Mile Twelve - Old Tom - Onwards - Delores the Taurus

Flatt Lonesome - I'm Not Afraid To Be Alone - Silence In These Walls - Mountain Home

Ana Egge - We Are One - [single] - Story Sound

Mandolin Orange - Lonesome Whistle - Blindfaller - Yep Roc Records

Richard Thompson - Genesis Hall - Acoustic Classics II - Beeswing

Richard Thompson - Alexander Graham Bell - Acoustic Rarities - Beeswing

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - On This Winding Road - Echo In The Valley - Rounder Records/Concord

Ganey Arsement - John Dale's Zydeco - Le Forgeron - Salty Bayou Music

Dori Freeman - Over There - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

Elephant Revival - Grace Of A Woman - These Changing Skies - Itz Evolving Records

The Infamous Stringdusters - Jessica - Undercover, Vol. 2 (EP) - Lumenhouse Recordings

Eileen Jewell - You'll Be Mine - Down Hearted Blues - Signature Sounds

Gram Parsons (feat. Emmylou Harris) - Return of the Grievous Angel - Grievous Angel - Reprise

The Wailin' Jennys - Boulder To Birmingham - Fifteen - Red House Records

Hour Two:

Eddie Berman - Easy Rider - Before the Bridge - Nettwerk Music Group

The Steel Wheels - Milo - Leave Some Things Behind - Big Ring Records

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys - Old Song - Ionia - Lindsay Lou Music

May Erlewine - Hurricane - Mother Lion - Earthwork Music

Josh Ritter - Train Go By - Gathering - Pytheas Recordings

Langhorne Slim - Life Is Confusing - Lost at Last Vol. 1 - Dualtone Music Group

Hurray For The Riff Raff - I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright) - Small Town Heroes - ATO Records

Jason Isbell - Relatively Easy - Southeastern - Southeastern

Jeffrey Martin - What We're Marching Toward - One Go Around - Fluff & Gravy

Mavis Staples - Fight - Your Good Fortune (EP) - ANTI

Chastity Brown - Whisper - Silhouette of Sirens - Red House Records

The East Pointers - Pour Over - What We Leave Behind - The East Pointers

Cathie Ryan - Sheaine Bhain - Cathie Ryan - Shanachie

The Deep Dark Woods - Roll Julia - Yarrow - Six Shooters Records

Bruce Cockburn - Forty Years In The Wilderness - Bone On Bone - True North

Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:51 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171102

November 3, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Tom Paxton - Bottle of Wine - The Best of Tom Paxton - Elektra

Tom Paxton - The Last Thing On My Mind - The Best of Tom Paxton - Elektra

May Erlewine - Never One Thing - Mother Lion - Earthwork Music

Joshua Davis - Nowhere Without You - The Way Back Home - Earthwork Music/Soundly

Stella! - I Suppose - Sorry, Stella - Earthwork Music

Kris Delmhorst - All the Way Around - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Kris Delmhorst - Color of the Sky - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Kris Delmhorst - Tracks In the Snow - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Kris Delmhorst - Temporary Existence - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Langhorne Slim - Old Things - Lost at Last Vol.1 - Dualtone Music Group

The East Pointers - John Wallace - What We Leave Behind - The East Pointers

Jeffrey Martin - Poor Man - One Go Around - Fluff & Gravy

Anna Tivel - Alleyway - Small Believer - Fluff & Gravy Records

Hour Two:

Bela Fleck & Abigal Washburn - Over the Divide - Echo In the Valley - Rounder Records/Concord

Bryan Sutton - Cumberland Reel - Into My Own - Sugar Hill

Dori Freeman - Cold Waves - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

The Wailin' Jennys - Loves Me Like A Rock - Fifteen - Red House Records

Paul Simon - Kodachrome - There Goes Rhymin' Simon - Warner Bros.

Mile Twelve - Sunny Side of Town - Onwards - Delores the Tuarus

Kristin Andreassen - Sunny Above the Clouds - Gondolier - Yellowcar Music

Bruce Cockburn - States I'm In - Bone On Bone - True North

David Francey - High Wall - Late Edition - Laker

Go Jane Go - Somewhere Beyond the Roses - Go Jane Go - Dead Reckoning

Eilen Jewell - Nothing In Rambling - Down Hearted Blues - Signature Sounds

Memphis Minnie - Me and My Chauffeur Blues - I Ain't No Bad Girl - Portrait

The Deep Dark Woods - Fallen Leaves - Yarrow - Six Shooter Records

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - Always Will - The Long Awaited Album - Rounder Records

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - Swing & Turn (Jubilee) - California Calling - Compass Records

Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 6:48 PM

Video Premiere: Ana Egge, "We Are One"

Ana Egge We Are One cover.jpgIn September of 2017, Ana Egge met up with songwriter Gary Nicholson in Nashville, TN and wrote "We Are One." They felt the need to examine those occasions whether it be eclipse or calamity, when, in wonder or distress, we come together. Especially now, at a time when our country is so divided. These are moments to be cherished, as the song states, when "you look into a stranger's eyes, and see yourself looking back" and recognize "all our differences are nothing in the face of love."


"We Are One" is available for download HERE.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 1:50 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171026

October 27, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Rayna Gellert - The Cruel Mother - Old Light: Songs from My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds - StorySound Records

Rayna Gellert - The Fatal Flower Garden - Old Light: Songs from My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds - StorySound Records

Bob Weir - Ghost Towns - Blue Mountain - Columbia/Legacy

Matt The Electrician - Ghost Story - Accidental Theif - Self

Riders in the Sky - Ghost Train - Ridin' the Tweetsie Railroad - MusicWagon

Rosanne Cash - Long Black Veil - The List - Manhattan Records

Johnny Cash - Ain't No Grave - American VI: Ain't No Grave - Columbia

Lenore - Ether's Arm - Lenore - Lenore

Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker - You Want It Darker - Sony/Columbia

Syd Barrett - Golden Hair - The Madcap Laughs - Capital

Paul Simon - The Werewolf - Stranger to Stranger - Concord Records

John Jorgenson Quintet - Ghost Dance - Ultraspontane - Self

Pat Donohue - You Haunt Me - Nobody's Fault - Bluesky Records

Shirley Collins - Cruel Lincoln - Lodestar - Domino

Hour Two:

The Jellyman's Daughter - Darling Corey - The Jellyman's Daughter - The Jellyman's Daughter

Ralph Stanley - O Death - O Brother Where Art Thou - Mercury

Tom Waits - Dead And Lovely - Real Gone - Anti

Tim O'Brien - He Had a Long Chain On - And the O'Boys - Sugar Hill

Bronwynne Brent - Devil Again - Stardust - Bronwynne Brent

Donovan - Season of the Witch - Donovan's Greatest Hits - Epic

The Incredible String Band - Witches Hat - The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter - Hannibal

Kasey Chambers - The Devil's Wheel - Dragonfly - Essence Group

Bob Brozman - Devil's Slide - Devil's Slide - Rounder

Solas - The Unquiet Grave - Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers - Shanachie

Sarah Jarosz - Shankill Butchers - Song Up In Her Head - Sugar Hill

Ben Caplan - Deliver Me - Birds With Broken Wings - Coalition Music

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Vampire Girl - Buddy and Jim - New West Records

Buffy Sainte-Marie - The Vampire - Illuminations - Vangard

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - If We Were Vampires - The Nashville Sound - Southeastern Records

Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 1:24 PM

Album Review: Jeffrey Martin, 'One Go Around'

October 24, 2017

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Jeffrey Martin One Go Around 400.jpgIf you're looking for elegant sorrow, for compelling and gracious misery, for poetic sadness, then Jeffrey Martin is the musician you need.

Formerly a high school creative writing teacher, Martin puts his skills as a storyteller to very good use on One Go Around. Not surprisingly, given that history, each of his songs uses deliberate and very careful language. And those carefully constructed sentences and carefully chosen words create characters that are so alive that it's almost jarring when one song/story ends and another begins.

There's the woman he can't forget no matter how hard he tries ("Long Gone Now"), the father who's devastated and angry by what his son has experienced ("What We're Marching Toward"), and the mother unable to change, no matter how hard she tries ("October Dark"). My favorite is the heart-rending opening track, an ode to a parent's devotion to a child, "Poor Man."

With recurring images of smoking, drinking, lost dreams, and repeated failures, these songs are not uplifting. They are not cheerful. They are dark and sad and real. And that - that realness - that's what'll make you want to listen to the next story. And the next. And the next.

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'One Go Around' is out now on Fluff & Gravy Records and available at iTunes and Amazon.com

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 4:58 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171019

October 22, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

David Bromberg Band - Kentucky Blues - The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues - Red House Records

Michael Cleveland - Henryville - Fiddler's Dream - Compass Records

Van Morrison - Look Beyond the Hill - Keep Me Singing - Caroline International

Bob Dylan - Masters Of War (live) - No Direction Home: The Soundtrack - Sony

Bob Dylan - Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (live) - LIVE 1964 - Columbia

Norah Jones - Flipside - Day Breaks - Blue Note

Puss N Boots - Twilight - No Fools, No Fun - Blue Note

Paul Simon - The Werewolf - Stranger to Stranger - Concord Records

Buffy Sainte-Marie - The Vampire - Illuminations - Vangard

Donovan - Season of the Witch - Donovan's Greatest Hits - Epic

Claire Lynch - Empty Train - North by South - Compass Records

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry - KC Moan - Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad - Cooking Vinyl

Susan Werner - Time Between Trains - Time Between Trains - BMG

Shovels & Rope - Missionary Ridge - Little Seeds - New West Records

Shovels & Rope - BWYR - Little Seeds - New West Records

Hour Two:

Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms - C'est Le Moment - Innocent Road - West Sound Music

Ten Strings and A Goat Skin - The Ukrainian Expedition Medley - Aupres Du Poele

The Duhks - Down To The River - Migrations - Sugar Hill

The Cactus Blossoms - Powder Blue - You're Dreaming - Red House Records

Parker Millsap - Pining - The Very Last Day - Okrahoma Records

David Grisman (compilation) - Shady Grove - Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia - Rounder Records

Jimmy Cliff, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann (compilation) - The Harder They Come - Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia - Rounder Records

T Sisters - Make It Rain - T Sisters - Three-Headed Sounds

Rokia Traoré - Kènia - Né So - Nonesuch

Mandolin Orange - My Blinded Heart - Blindfaller - Yep Roc Records

John McEuen - Brooklyn Crossing - Made In Brooklyn - Chesky Records

Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur - The Boll Weevil - Penny's Farm - Kingswood Records

Bryan Sutton - Chase The Moon - The More I Learn - Sugar Hill

Evie Ladin Band - Honey Lou - Jump the Fire - Evie Ladin Band


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 11:12 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171012

October 13, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

{{Audio for this episode is no longer available.}}

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One

Kenny White - Charleston - Long List of Priors - Kenny White

Mark Erelli - By Degrees - (Single)

Cheryl Wheeler (in-studio) - If It Were Up To Me - Folk Alley Sessions - WKSU/Folk Alley Exclusive

Moira Smiley - Refugee - Unzip The Horizon - Moira Smiley

Guy Clark - Homeless - The Dark - Sugar Hill

Flatt Lonesome - You're the Reason - Silence In These Walls - Mountain Home

Leon Redbone - All I Do Is Dream Of You - Any Time - Rounder

Dori Freeman - Just Say It Now - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - Pace Myself - California Calling - Compass Records

Rob Lutes - Walk In The Dark - Walk In The Dark - Lucky Bear Records

The East Pointers - 82 Fires - What We Leave Behind - The East Pointers

Vishten - Trois Blizzards - Terre Rouge - Plages Distribution

Catherine Maclellan - Don't Call Me Stranger - The Raven's Sun

Justin Townes Earle - Kids In the Streets - Kids in the Streets - New West Records

Chris Hillman - Wildflowers - Bidin' My Time - Rounder Records/Concord

Hour Two

Mile Twelve - Onwards - Onwards - Delores the Taurus

Pharis & Jason Romero - Backstep Indi - A Wanderer I'll Stay - Lula Records

David Rawlings - Come On Over My House - Poor David's Almanack - Acony Records

Lonesome River Band - As Lonesome As I Am - Mayhayley's House - Mountain Home Music

Valerie June - Long Lonely Road - The Order Of Time - Concord Records

Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Blackness of the Night - The Laughing Apple - Decca/Cat-O-Log

Yusuf / Cat Stevens - See What Love Did To Me - The Laughing Apple - Decca/Cat-O-Log

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - Santa Fe - The Long Awaited Album - Rounder Records

Mollie O'Brien - Love Like Blood - Big Red Sun - Sugar Hill

Tim O'Brien - High Flying Birds - Where The River Meets The Road - Howdy Skies Records

The Deep dark Woods - Up On the Mountaintop - Yarrow - Six Shooter Records

Harry Manx & Kevin Breit - Don't Swim, Float - In Good We Trust - StonyPlain

Hiss Golden Messenger - John the Gun - Hallelujah Anyhow - Merge Records

Anna Tivel - Saturday Night - Small Believer - Fluff & Gravy Records

Darden Smith - Love Will Win the War - Everything - Compass Records


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:36 AM

Video Premiere: Moira Smiley, "Refugee"

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Refugee Moira Smiley 500 sq.jpgIn 2017, it feels like the world is filled with differences. Political differences, racial differences, economic differences. It seems as though there's no common ground anymore. And in this kind of an environment, it's easy to think that you are different from anyone else, that your concerns, your problems, are the ones that matter more than anyone else's.

They don't.

"Imagine if your unbreakable world was broken, no more rules to protect you." What then? How would you survive, how would you live, to whom would you turn for guidance, for help, for support if your world came crashing down?

These were the questions
Los Angeles musician Moira Smiley started asking herself after spending time volunteering at refugee camps in Greece and in France. She came face to face with people who'd lost everything, people who were forced to start over with nothing, people who had no choice in what happened to them and who had no control over their own lives. It's not at all surprising that Smiley's life view shifted dramatically after these experiences. That view is the one she shares in her new song, "Refugee."

"My song, 'Refugee,' is about feeling bereft and misunderstood," she said during a recent interview. "We are all much closer to being refugees than we want to imagine. Realizing this may remind us of our humanity - especially those of us who have relatively plenty. Lately, 'Refugee' is the only song I feel like singing."

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All proceeds from the sale of this single will go to the the UN Refugee Agency, a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Available here.

Upcoming tour dates with Jayme Stone's Folklife.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 6:23 AM

Song Premiere: Dori Freeman, "Just Say It Now"

October 9, 2017

by Elena See, Folk Alley

dori  freeman 600 promo photo 4 July 17 photo by Kristen Horton.jpg It can be a real challenge to keep your heart and your mind open to the possibility of love. After all, if you've been hurt and disappointed in matters of the heart - and who hasn't? - why in the world would you ever believe things would change? It can be especially challenging to maintain a sense of positive open-mindedness when love lets you down over and over...and over again.

Virginia singer Dori Freeman says it best: "I wish that lovin' didn't have to be so hard." It was 2016 and she'd just had her heart broken - again. "I was just sort of reflecting back on the common themes of the letdowns in my past relationships," she says. It was out of those ruminations that "Just Say It Now" was born.

The song, which you'll find on Freeman's new album (another Teddy Thompson produced affair) Letters Never Read, and which features Aoife O'Donovan on backing vocals, is an exasperated demand for a once-and-for-all-answer - tell me how you feel, don't lie about it, and let's either move forward or stop altogether.

It doesn't seem like an unreasonable demand at all; and yet, the ghosts of Freeman's past relationships don't want to respond. "Just say it now before the silence makes me cry," she sings. "From the beginning I knew you would say goodbye. And now I'm back to doing what I was before - wondering what men are ever looking for."

Fortunately for Dori Freeman, her romantic luck has since changed: she and musician Nick Falk (who plays drums and banjo on the new album) got married last year.

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'Letters Never Read' comes out on October 20th and is available for pre-order at iTunes and Amazon.com.

Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 8:20 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171005

October 6, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

{{Audio for this episode is no longer available.}}

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One

Molly Tuttle - Good Enough - Rise (EP) - Molly Tuttle Music

Sierra Hull - Bombshell - Daybreak - Rounder

Balsam Range - Blue Collar Dreams - Mountain Voodoo - Mountain Home Music

Iron & Wine - Call It Dreaming - Beast Epic - Sub Pop Records

Greg Brown - Dream Café - Dream Café - Red House

Lenore - Breathe - Lenore - Lenore

The Waybacks - The Witch of the Westmereland - Devolver - Fiddling C

Billy Strings - On the Line - Turmoil & Tinfoil - Apostol Recording

The Infamous Stringdusters (feat. Aoife O'Donovan) - Run to Heaven - Ladies & Gentlemen - Compass Records

Anna Tivel - Illinois - Small Believer - Fluff & Gravy Records

Anna Tivel - Last Cigarette - Small Believer - Fluff & Gravy Records

Hiss Golden Messenger - Jenny of the Roses - Hallelujah Anyhow - Merge Records

Natalie MacMaster - Minnie & Alex's Reel - Blueprint - Rounder

Romantica - Let the Light Go Through You - Shadowlands - Last Chance Records

Hour Two

Neil Young - Harvest Moon - Harvest Moon - Reprise

John Sherman - The Frost on the Pumpkin - So Inclined: Celtic Guitar - Walhalla P

James Taylor - October Road - October Road - Columbia

Bruce Cockburn - Stab At Matter - Bone On Bone - True North

Amelia Curran - Blackbird On Fire - Spectators - Mediterraneo

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Don't Let It Bring You Down - Echo In the Valley - Rounder Records/Concord

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - If I Could Talk To A Younger Me - Echo In the Valley - Rounder Records/Concord

Willie Watson - Walking Boss - Folksinger Vol.2 - Acony Records

Tim O'Brien - Hold On - Cornbread Nation - Howdyskies

Kris Delmhorst - I Don't Need to Know It All - The Wild - Blueblade Records

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - California Calling - California Calling - Compass Records

Dave Alvin - King Of California - King On California - Hightone

David Ramirez - Twins - We're Not Going Anywhere - Sweetworld/Thirty Tigers

The Wailin' Jennys - Light of a Clear Blue Morning - Fifteen - Red House Records


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 4:45 PM

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