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December 5, 2003

If you like what you're hearing on Folk Alley, likely so will your friends. Here are several CDs that won't disappoint. *NOTE: THESE ARE NOT IN ORDER; YOU SHOULD BUY THEM ALL:

1) Tim O'Brien's Traveler (Sugar Hill) -- A true concept album, all the songs relate, but each is stylistically diferent - very philosphical. Each song is a wake up call.
2) Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (Borealis) -- Fifteen different Canadian artists honor their comrade. It's respectful, but each song sounds new as well.
3) Natalie MacMaster - Blueprint (Rounder) -- Cape Breton fiddling with a twist - provided by Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, & Sam Bush.
4) Spain in My Heart: Songs of the Spanish Civil War (Appleseed) -- Pete Seeger, Laurie Lewis, and many world artists remember history through song.
5) Kris Delmhorst's Songs for a Hurricane (Signature Sounds) -- She'll grow on you or whoever you give this to. Lots of variety and style.
6) Ian Anderson's Rupi's Dance (Fuel) -- Yes, he's the voice of Jethro Tull, but this doesn't rock - it sings. It's all acoustic, wry, and lively.
7) Dave Mallet's Artist in Me (North Road) -- If you want to share peace and comfort don't hesitate to share Dave Mallet. It's his best in years.
8) Robinella & the CC Stringband - Buy any CD you can find - They have 2 on their own label (Big Gulley) and one on the bigs (Columbia). It's country roots and arranged jazz; Robinella is like Blossom Dearie and Iris Dement combined.
9) Solas - Another Day (Shanachie) -- Contemporary Celtic music. If you know someone that thinks they don't like Irish music - insist that they listen to this. No cliches here, and this CD is far more inviting than the last one.
10) SEEDS - The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol. 3 (Appleseed) -- Pete sings on CD 1; CD 2 features Janis Ian, John McCutcheon, Natalie Merchant, and others.
11) Guy Davis - Chocolate to the Bone (Red House) -- Acoustic blues with power and with messages - no trite complaining about heartaches here.
12) John Gorka's Old Futures Gone (Red House) -- Give this man time to think and you'll completely re-think your own life after hearing this.
13) Rodney Crowell's Fate's Right Hand (DMZ/Epic) -- From a remarkable experience gained trying to feed the homeless to a message about suicide, this album is serious, but far from glum. In fact, it's joyful in its contemplation.
14) Greg Brown, Garnet Rogers, Karen Savoca - Live at the Black Sheep (Alcove) -- One night at a pub in a small town in Quebec. Three different lead singers who enjoy each other and it shows.

Posted by Jim Blum at December 5, 2003 10:26 AM


I am a 37 year old male and a girlfriend has turned me on to folk music and coffee houses this past year. I love it and I cant get enough and thank you for the streaming site. I listen all the time at work and home and I am just a taking baby folk steps but wow did I miss something my entire life. Thanks again for the music. Charlie

Posted by: Charles Baker at December 12, 2003 1:08 AM

What a refreshing offering on the web! Kudos to Jim Blum and WKSU. I have often wished for folk music at other times than weekend evenings on WKSU. Now all I have to do is figure out how to get it to stream into my car! I hope many others will now have the opportunity to discover that part of their soul that only folk music can reach.

Posted by: William Thaden at December 16, 2003 3:38 PM

Apart from your pre-Christmas lead-up, which I found a bit tedious, I find this site essential listening. It keeps introducing me to a great deal of unknown music and new artists. I only wish New Zealand had a station approaching this.
Thanks, and best wishes for 2004.

Posted by: David Keall at January 5, 2004 5:51 PM

Jim; I go way back and have been afar. Your stream flows into the river of life and regenerates us old souls and for that I thank you. Like the good ferryman Sidhartha, take us to the other side.

Posted by: Steve Stone at January 6, 2004 1:42 AM

I have been a "Blummy" for a while from public radio days and you can't imagine how pleased and excited I was to find Folk Alley. It is so difficult to find good folk music without buying some dud CD's along the way. Listening to Folk Alley and utilizing the web page resources has solved that problem for me. In fact, Jim plays so much good music I have to restrain my self from buying too much.

Posted by: Lynn Pike at January 6, 2004 12:07 PM

Jim, you probably don`t remember me but we have met several times in the past, ( mostly in the 80`s at different festivals like, Pa. at Bever Valley, Old Tyme Mountain Music & Bluegrass Festival...that was 84, I believe. My wife &I were clog dancers & I also danced with a gentleman named Dennis Copley, we did a Duet
together & called ourselves 'Shave & a Haircut' because of our beards & some lack of hair.
My wife & I moved to Marietta, Oh. 21/2 years ago & we sure missed WKSU. I came across this Folk Ally site while reading the Canton Repository on-line.
It is one of the best things I have found on the web!
This streaming site is the by far the best streaming site I`ve ever been on. I don`t think you have played one song that I haven`t liked. Keep up the good
work !
Thanks, Roger D. Patterson

Posted by: Roger D. Patterson at January 6, 2004 12:20 PM

Hello to Folk Alley! My first posting and I'm loving what you play. I'm writing to also let you know that I'm a performing and recording folk artist myself and though I am an unsigned artist presently, I have out a critically-acclaimed and available on the internet CD entitled "Home On The Hill" which you can check out at and would appreciate finding out how to get it to you for airplay on Folk Alley. Many thanks for your help. Susie Glaze

Posted by: Susie Glaze at January 7, 2004 1:38 PM

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