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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.

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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.

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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

Song Premiere: The Wailin' Jennys, "Light of a Clear Blue Morning"

October 3, 2017

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

The-Wailin-Jennys-Fifteen-credit-Morten-Fog_0 500.jpgHarmony, by definition, is the synergistic coming together of disparate parts to create a whole that is, very often, greater than the sum of its parts. It's an elemental force that transcends both form and function, appearing abundantly across the natural world as clear evidence of how things are supposed to be. Humans, though, too often take an "every man for himself" tack and, thereby, find ourselves struggling and straining to make progress.

In music, voices singing in harmony create one of the most primal, heart-melting sounds we will ever encounter. And few groups do that better than The Wailin' Jennys. Across the span of 15 years, The Jennys (Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Heather Masse since 2007) have joined their voices on five beautiful albums, with the sixth -- Fifteen -- set for release in late October. On the new collection, they apply their magical touch to songs by Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, Jane Siberry, Paul Simon, and others.

Here, they turn Dolly Parton's "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" into a reminder for resilience in each moment and a harbinger of hope shimmering out there on the horizon with each new day. And they do so in such perfect a cappella harmony that it's hard not to trust in what's possible when people come together with the best of intentions.

'Fifteeen' will be released on October 27, 2017 via Red House Records and is available for pre-order now at iTunes and Amazon.com.

Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:00 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170928

September 29, 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:

Phil Ochs - Outside A Small Circle of Friends - Pleasures of Harbor - A & M

Sam Amidon - My Old Friend - Bright Sunny South - Nonesuch

Molly Tuttle - Friend and a Friend - Rise (EP) - Molly Tuttle Music

The Wailin' Jennys - Wildflowers - Fifteen - Red House Records

Mudcrutch - I Forgive It All - 2 - Reprise Records

Gretchen Peters - When All You Got Is A Hammer (in-studio) - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Gretchen Peters - The Cure for the Pain (in-studio) - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Susan Werner - Stray Dogs - An American in Havana - Susan Werner

Buena Vista Social Club (Ibrahim Ferrer) - De Camino a La Vereda - Buena Vista Social Club - Nonesuch

Ben Sollee - Pieces of You - Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native - Soundly Music

Elephant Revival - The Pasture - These Changing Skies - Itz Evolving Records

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Hit 'Em Up Style - Genuine Negro Jig - Nonesuch

David Rawlings - Good God A Woman - Poor David's Almanack - Acony Records

Old Crow Medicine Show - I Want You (live) - 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde - Columbia

Hour Two:

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

Rob Lutes - Spence - Walk in the Dark - Lucky Bear Records

North Mississippi Allstars (compilation) - Freight Train To Nowhere - Treasure of the Broken Land: the Songs of Mark Heard - Storm Weathered Records

David Ramirez - People Call Who They Want To Talk To - We're Not Going Anywhere - Sweetworld/Thirty Tigers

Doc Watson & David Holt - Telephone Girl - Legacy - Highwindy

Hiss Golden Messenger - Harder Rain - Hallelujah Anyhow - Merge Records

Tift Merritt - Traveling Alone - Traveling Companion - Yep Roc Records

Iron & Wine - Bitter Truth - Beast Epic - Sub Pop Records

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop - Midas Tongue - Love Letter for Fire - Sub Pop

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - On the Water - The Long Awaited Album - Rounder Records

Karan Casey - Mother Earth's Revenge - Chasing The Sun - Shanachie

Kris Delmhorst - Rules to Games - The Wild - Blueblade Records

Lenore - Dig - Lenore - Lenore

Blind Pilot - Like Lions - And Then Like Lions - ATO


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 3:12 PM

Album Review: Lenore., 'Lenore.'

September 27, 2017

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Lenore.jpgWhat's the sound of a second chance?

Lenore.

The brainchild of Rebecca Marie Miller and Joy Pearson
, Lenore. is a band that believes in second chances. Miller and Pearson were on the cusp of giving up their respective musical dreams when they met by chance at a Pokey LaFarge show in Portland, Oregon. It only took a few short hours for the pair to realize it was musical kismet that brought them together. Eventually, they joined forces with Edward Cameron (guitar) and Jessie Dettwiler (cello), and a new, harmony-driven, "witch-folk" quartet was born.

The opening track on Lenore.'s self-titled debut album, "Ether's Arms," sets the tone for the whole thing. Running away, finding solace somewhere else (sometimes with someONE else), and trying to fight your own demons so you can start living your life ("Heavy Eyes") - these are things that Lenore. clearly understands.

In addition, the duo shares a plea for help and guidance in "Heart So Heavy," and shows a quiet strength and determination in "The Sun," underscored with a beautiful acoustic guitar line.

The technical precision of that guitar, the lush cello that Dettwiler provides, and the melancholy, message-heavy songwriting provide the basis for the band's real strength: Miller and Pearson's unusual and evocative harmonies, created by two voices that are a delicious blend of difference that somehow fits together.

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'Lenore.' is available now at iTunes and Lenore.'s website.


Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:48 PM

NPR Music Tiny Desk - Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers

September 25, 2017

by Robin Hilton, NPR

It's hard to think of an artist who's brought more joy to more people, across more generations -- and in more ways -- than Steve Martin. In the 1970s, he won the hearts of young children for his playful appearances with The Muppets while simultaneously charming legions of older fans with his subversive standup routines. Later, as an actor, he wrote and starred in some of the most memorable comedies (and a few dramas) of all time, while writing books, plays and even a Broadway musical.

Throughout his 50-year career, one constant in Steve Martin's life has been the banjo. It was a staple of his early standup shows and even fans who only wanted to laugh couldn't help but marvel at his playing. Over the years, he's continued to perform and record with country and bluegrass luminaries like Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and others.

These days Martin is working on music full-time. He's just released a stellar bluegrass album he recorded with The Steep Canyon Rangers called (perfectly) The Long-Awaited Album, a record filled with often hilarious story songs and world-class performances.

Martin's set with The Steep Canyon Rangers at the Tiny Desk was at times thrilling, particularly his opening solo for the song "So Familiar." But it was also playful, comical and a joy to witness. At the end of the typical three-song performance, the group graciously decided to do one more called "Caroline," a hilarious, first-person account of how not to handle a breakup.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 4:54 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170921

September 21, 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:

Amanda Shires - The Way It Dimmed - My Piece of Land - Silver Knife Records

Rodney Crowell - It Ain't Over Yet (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White) - Close Ties - New West Records

John Prine - Just Waitin' - For Better, Or Worse - Oh Boy/Thirty Tigers

Iris Dement - Sing the Delta - Sing the Delta - Flariella Records

Van Morrison - Keep Me Singing - Keep Me Singing - Caroline International

Dori Freeman - If I Could Make You My Own - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones - Only Fooling - Little Windows - Cooking Vinyl

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

Girlyman - Caroline - Supernova - Fine Feathered Music

Old Crow Medicine Show - Caroline - Tennessee Pusher - Nettwerk (2008)

Josh Ritter - Showboat - Gathering - Pytheas Recordings

Ani DiFranco - Heartbreak Even - Revelling-Reckoning - Righteous Babe

Kris Delmhorst - Foolish Blood - The Wild - Blueblade Records

Jenny Scheinman - Bent Nail - The Littlest Prisoner - Sony Masterworks

Willie Watson - Gallows Pole - Folksinger Vol. 2 - Acony Records

Hour Two:

David Ramirez - Watching from a Distance - We're Not Going Anywhere - Sweetworld/Thirty Tigers

Peter Lang - Going Down the China Road - The Thing at Nursery Room Window - Takoma

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton - Make it Up To Me - Wildflower Blues - Cinquefoil Records

Susan Werner - 1955 Chevy Bel Air - An American in Havana - Susan Werner

The Carper Family - My Old Chevy Van - Old-Fashioned Gal - The Carper Family

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams - Slidin' Delta - Contraband Love - Red House Records

Shawn Colvin - Hold On - Uncovered - Fantasy/Concord Music

Rob Lutes - Walk in the Dark - Walk in the Dark - Lucky Bear Records

Lenore - The Sun - Lenore - Lenore

Chris Hillman - Here She Comes Again - Bidin' My Time - Rounder Records/Concord

Roger McGuinn - Mr. Spaceman - Live From Mars - Hollywood

The Byrds - Ballard of Easy Rider (live) - There Is a Season - Columbia/Legacy

Yola Carter - Fly Away - Orphan Offering (EP) - Yola Carter/ Ear Trumpet

Paula Cole - Farewell, My Friends - Ballards - 675 Records


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. 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 6:46 PM

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