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In Review: Guest DJ Hour with Kim Ruehl from No Depression

August 31, 2017

No Depression Fall 2017 cover sq.jpgKim Ruehl, editor-in-chief for the roots journal No Depression, joined Cindy Howes for a Guest DJ hour showcasing the music highlighted in the most recent in-print edition.

For fall of 2017, No Depression explores the "foremothers" of American roots music. When people ask what roots music is, it's all too easy to name-check the greats: Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and so on. These foundational artists are often considered the anchor of this realm of roots music. But beyond them are Sara and Maybelle Carter, Elizabeth Cotten, Judy Collins, Big Mama Thornton, and countless other women whose stories have mostly been told through the lens of the men who accompanied or "discovered" them.

In this "Foremothers" issue, No Depression digs into the stories of the women who influenced everything from a fledgling country music industry to the rise of rock and roll. Learn about this music from their perspective, and from the women
who owe them their careers.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:46 AM

Hear It First: Charlie Parr, 'Dog'

August 30, 2017

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

Charlie Parr Dog album cover 1000.jpgMost folks live their lives within their own personal comfort zones, rarely even peeking out to see what life's like on the outside. But that's most folks. And Charlie Parr isn't most folks. Rather, Parr not only bears witness to life outside his comfort zone, but he documents his findings in his songs. On his new album, 'Dog,' those stories wander through homelessness and mental health, existential examinations and emotional contemplations with many stops between and beyond.

'Dog' levels the playing field, within and without, as Parr tackles his subjects head on, including his own scrimmages with depression. In the quietude of "Sometimes I'm Alright," barely plucking a banjo, he mutters, "Sometimes I'm alright. Other times, it's hard to tell, like finding light in the bottom of the darkest well." The stark setting and even starker topic gives way to a different sort of character sketch on the very next track, "Rich Food and Easy Living." It's a study in contrast, to be sure, which is how Parr seems to like it.

On other cuts, Parr works his resonator while recounting lessons learned from various elements and experiences, including his dog and the myriad faces he encounters in his travels. The album's opener, "HoBo," sums up well Parr's worldview: "Every day I wake up is a new day. Every song I sing contains a new refrain. When I meet you again, you will have changed. I'll remember your face, but maybe not your name."

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'Dog' will be released on September 8th and is available now for pre-order at iTunes, Amazon.com, and directly from Red House Records.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:24 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170824

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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This week on Folk Alley: in hour one, new music from Ben Sollee, Jason Wilber, David Rawlings, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer; we feature songs to help heal the divide with Martin Sexton, Mavis Staples, North Mississippi Allstars; an encore broadcast of our exclusive in-studio session with Texas songwriter - Robert Ellis from the 2017 30A Songwriters Festival; plus favorites from Red Horse, The Sparrow Quartet, The Civil Wars, Jason Isbell, and many more.

In hour two, more new music from The Lonely Heartstring Band, EmiSunshine, Ray Wylie Hubbard; an encore broadcast of our exclusive in-studio session with The Small Glories (Cara Luft & JD Edwards); a 2'fer from Randy Newman's new album, 'Dark Matter'; plus favorites from Sarah Jarosz, Joy Kills Sorrow, Doc Watson, The Carter Family, and more.



PLAYLIST

(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour One:

Martin Sexton - For What It's Worth - Fall Like Rain - Kitchen Table Records

North Mississippi Allstars - Prayer for Peace - Prayer for Peace - Songs of the South

Mavis Staples - We Shall Not Be Moved - We'll Never Turn Back - ANTI

Ben Sollee - Carrie Bell - Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native - Soundly Music

The Sparrow Quartet - Sugar and Pie - Abigal Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet - Nettwerk

Robert Ellis - Drivin' - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Robert Ellis - Elephant - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Robert Ellis - California - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Red Horse (Eliza Gilkyson) - Forget to Breathe - Red Horse - Red House Records

Jason Wilber - Something Somewhere - Reaction Time - WilberTone

David Rawlings - Cumberland Gap - Poor David's Almanack - Acony Records

The Civil Wars - 20 Years - Barton Hollow - Sensibility

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer - The Color of a Cloudy Day - Not Dark Yet - Silver Cross Records/ Thirty Tigers

Jason Isbell - Traveling Alone - Southeastern - Southeastern

Hour Two:

The Lonely Heartstring Band - The Road's Salvation - Deep Waters - Rounder Records/Concord

Sarah Jarosz - Peace - Follow Me Down - Sugar Hill

Joy Kills Sorrow - Kill My Sorrow - Darkness Sure Becomes This City - Signature Sounds

Ray Wylie Hubbard - Spider, Snaker, and Little Sun - Tell the Devil I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can - Bordello Records/ThirtyTigers

Koerner, Ray & Glover - Hangman - Blues, Rags, and Hollers - Red House Records

The Small Glories - Wondrous Traveler (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions Exclusive - Folk Alley Exclusive

The Small Glories - Time Wanders On (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions Exclusive - Folk Alley Exclusive

The Small Glories - Something To Hold Onto (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions Exclusive - Folk Alley Exclusive

Randy Newman - Putin - Dark Matter - Nonesuch Records

Randy Newman - It's A Jungle Out There - Dark Matter - Nonesuch Records

EmiSunshine - Ragged Dreams - Ragged Dreams - Little Blackbird Records

Doc Watson - Nashville Pickin' - Foundation - Sugar Hill

The Carter Family - Keep On the Sunny Side - The Carter Family 1927-1934 (box set) - JSP 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 2:33 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170817

August 18, 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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This week on Folk Alley, an exclusive Folk Alley Session with the emerging Boston-based bluegrass quintet, The Lonely Heartstring Band; new music from Willie Watson, David Rawlings, Paula Cole and The Secret Sisters; we'll hear the new collaboration from legends Stephen Stills and Judy Collins as they pay tribute to Leonard Cohen; and we remember the great Glen Campbell who passed away August 8th.

In hour two, more new music from Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Ben Sollee, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Old Salt Union, Applewood Road, and Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae; plus a 2'fer from Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer's new album, 'Not Dark Yet'; we'll hear a set honoring blues legend Mississippi John Hurt; favorites from Hayes Carll, Rhiannon Giddens; and more.



PLAYLIST

(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour One:

John Hartford - Gentle On My Mind - RCA Dynagroove LP 1968 - WKSU-FOLK

Glen Campbell - Nothing But The Whole Wide World - Ghost On The Canvas - Surfdog, Inc

Stills & Collins - Everybody Knows - Everybody Knows - Wildflower/Cleopatra

Leonard Cohen - So Long Marianne - Songs of Leonard Cohen - Columbia

The Lonely Heartstring Band - I Couldn't Believe It Was True - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

The Lonely Heartstring Band - In Time - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

The Lonely Heartstring Band - The Other Side - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Willie Watson - Samson & Delilah - Folksinger Vol. 2 - Acony Records

David Rawlings - Yup - Poor David's Almanack - Acony Records

The Secret Sisters - Tennessee River Runs Low - You Don't Own Me Anymore - New West Records

Cat Stevens - The Wind - Teaser And The Firecat - A & M

Paula Cole - I Wish (I Knew How It Feels To Be Free) - Ballards - 675 Records

Hour Two:

Ruthie Foster - Richland Woman Blues - Joy Comes Back - Blue Corn Music

Mississippi John Hurt (compilation) - Mountain Jack - Classic Piedmont Blues - Smithsonian Folkways

Mississippi John Hurt - Candy Man - Today - Vanguard

Old Salt Union - Tuscaloosa - Old Salt Union - Compass records

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

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer - Every Time You Leave - Not Dark Yet - Silver Cross Records/ Thirty

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer - Lungs - Not Dark Yet - Silver Cross Records/ Thirty

Ray Wylie Hubbard (feat. Lucinda Williams) - Tell the Devil I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can - Tell the Devil I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can - Bordello Records/Thirty

Lucinda Williams - Jackson - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Mercury

Hayes Carll - Love Is So Easy - Lovers and Leavers - Hwy 87 Records

Ben Sollee - Presence - Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native - Soundly Music

Mumford and Sons - Ghosts That We Knew - Babel - Glassnote Entertainment

Applewood Road - Honey Won't Go - Applewood Road - Gearbox Records

Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae - Hard Leaving Love - Tell Me True - Refuge Foundation for the

Rhiannon Giddens - Up Above My Head - Tomorrow is My Turn - Nonesuch 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 2:33 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170810

August 12, 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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This week on Folk Alley, we dig in to NPR Music's recent feature, 'Turning the Tables - The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women' and spotlight 25 of the folk, roots, and Americana artists who made the list.

In hour one, you'll hear music by The Roches, Iris Dement, and the Dixies Chicks; in addition to true classics by Joni Mitchell and Buffy Sainte-Marie's; also top albums from legends Joan Baez, Bobbie Gentry, and Bonnie Raitt; and more.

In hour two, we'll continue the exploration of the greatest albums by women, between 1964 to 2016, including works from Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, and Ani DiFranco; we'll hear from legends such as Odetta, Nina Simone, and The Staples Singers featuring Mavis Staples; two albums that topped the charts in 1971 from Carole King and Janis Joplin; and more.

Find out who topped the list at #1, and join the conversation on the Folk Alley Facebook page. Did your favorites make the list? Who are the glaring omissions? Tell us what you think!



PLAYLIST

(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour One:

The Roches - Mr. Sellack - The Roches - Warner Brothers

Iris DeMent - Calling For You - My Life - Warner Brothers

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me - Come Away With Me - BlueNote

Joni Mitchell - Coyote - Hejira - Asylum

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Universal Soldier - It's My Way - Vanguard

Sheryl Crow - Strong Enough - Tuesday Night Music Club - A & M Records

Alison Krauss & Union Station - Daylight - New Favorite - Rounder

Joan Baez - Diamonds and Rust - Diamonds and Rust - A & M

Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billie Joe - Ode to Billie Joe - Capitol

Cassandra Wilson - Hellhound On My Trail - Blue Light 'Til Dawn - Blue Note

Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces - Wide Open Spaces - Monument/Sony Music

Indigo Girls - Land of Canaan - Indigo Girls - Epic

Bonnie Raitt - The Road's My Middle Name - Nick Of Time - Capitol/EMI

(Hour Two)

Emmylou Harris - Goin' Back To Harlan - Wrecking Ball - Elektra

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car - Tracy Chapman - Elektra

The Staples Singers - I'll Take You There - Be Altitude: Respect Yourself - Stax

Gillian Welch - Red Clay Halo - Time (The Revelator) - Acony

Odetta - It's A Mighty World - It's A Mighty World - RCA/Victor

Nina Simone - Backlash Blues - Nina Simone Sings the Blues - RCA/Victor

Ani DiFranco - Little Plastic Castle - Little Plastic Castle - Righteous Babe

Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Roaad - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Mercury

Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors - Coat of Many Colors

Carole King - I Feel the Earth Move - Tapestry - Ode

Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee - Pearl - Columbia

Joni Mitchell - All I Want - Blue - Reprise

Joni Mitchell - A Case of You - Blue - Reprise


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 12:04 PM

NPR Music First Listen: David Rawlings, 'Poor David's Almanack'

August 7, 2017

by Stephen Thompson, NPR Music

poor-david-s-almanack_sq.jpgDavid Rawlings has made a career out of a sort of unassuming generosity. Though he's led his own band, the Dave Rawlings Machine, he's spent much of his adult life supporting the work of bigger names like Old Crow Medicine Show, Bright Eyes and Ryan Adams, for whom he wrote "To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)." And, of course, Rawlings has played, sung and written alongside Gillian Welch -- they've recorded eight albums together, including modern classics that bear her name, like Revival and Time (The Revelator).

Poor David's Almanack is their third collaboration to give Rawlings top billing, after Dave Rawlings Machine's A Friend Of A Friend and Nashville Obsolete. Like those albums, this one steers the spotlight in his direction, while still showcasing the pair's almost supernatural chemistry. As a general rule, while Gillian Welch records can sound spare to the point of barrenness, Rawlings' songs are more inclined to fill the space around his voice.

Poor David's Almanack follows suit with a sweetly engaging, impressively wide-ranging collection of American roots music. With the help of a long list of co-conspirators -- including Dawes and Old Crow Medicine Show -- Rawlings sounds equally adept at stark ballads ("Airplane"), sweet old-time folk songs ("Good God A Woman"), string-infused Americana ("Midnight Train") and sly, banjo-forward rave-ups ("Money Is The Meat In The Coconut"). The common thread is the love at their core.

Stream 'Poor David's Almanck' in its entirety at NPR Music HERE.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 1:44 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170803

August 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 is no longer available for this episode.}}

This week on Folk Alley, it's a show first heard in August of 2016. We'll turn on the summer heat with tracks from Iris Dement, Kenny Vaughan, and Django Reinhardt; an exclusive Folk Alley in-studio session featuring Ana Egge & the Sentimentals; a 2'fer from The Stray Birds 2016 release, 'Magic Fire'; and more music from Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs, Parsonsfield, Hiss Golden Messenger, and others.

In hour two, music from Lori McKenna, Jason Isbell, and The Pine Hill Project (Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky), Kris Drever, and The Avett Brothers; plus a set from Joan Baez's 75th birthday celebration concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York; exclusive in-studio recordings from David Wax Museum and Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo; and more favorites from Mandolin Orange and Doc Watson.



PLAYLIST

(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour One:

Iris Dement - Hotter Than Mojave In My Heart - Infamous Angel - Warner Bros

Django Reinhardt - Hot Lips - The Definitive Django Reinhardt Series Vol 5 - JSP

Kenny Vaughan - Hot Like That - Kenny Vaughan - Sugar Hill

The Stray Birds - Sabrina - Magic Fire - Yep Roc records

The Stray Birds - Third day In A Row - Magic Fire - Yep Roc Records

Ana Egge & the Sentimentals - Say That Now (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Ana Egge & the Sentimentals - He's A Killer Now (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Ana Egge & the Sentimentals - Away We Go (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Hiss Golden Messenger - Biloxi - Heart Like A Levee - Merge Records

Tony Furtado - Willow John - Full Circle - Rounder

Neko Case, k.d.lang and Laura Veirs - Delirium - case/lang/veirs - Anti/Epitaph

Parsonsfield - Stronger - Blooming Through the Black - Signature Sounds

Jesse Winchester - That's What Makes You Strong (live) - Live From Mountain Stage - Blue Plate

Hour Two:

Kris Drever - If Wishes Were Horses - If Wishes Were Horses - Reveal Records

Uncle Earl - Wish I Had My Time Again - Waterloo, Tennessee - Rounder

The Avett Brothers - I Wish I Was - True Sadness - Republic

Lori McKenna - All These Things - The Bird & The Rifle - CN Records/Thirty Tigers

Jason Isbell - Flagship - Something More Than Free - Southeastern Records

Joan Baez - There But For Fortune (live) - 75th Birthday Celebration - Razor & Tie

Joan Baez (feat. Damien Rice) - She Moved Through the Fair (live) - 75th Birthday Celebration - Razor & Tie

David Wax Museum - Born With A Broken Heart (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Frank Vignola w/ Vinny Raniolo - Tico Tico (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Mandolin Orange - Wildfire - Blindfaller - Yep Roc Records

Doc Watson - St. Louis Blues - At Gerdes Folk City - Sugar Hill

Richard Shindell - Stray Cow Blues - Careless - Amalgamated Balladry

The Pine Hill Project - Sweetest Thing - Tomorrow You're Going - Signature Sounds


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 10:58 AM

Video Premiere: Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, "The Low Hum"

August 2, 2017

by Linda Fahey

LC and the DC CA Calling.jpgOnce again, Boston proves itself to be a vibrant incubator for folk and roots-based artists who are taking music into adventurous new realms. Add Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - Jenna Moynihan (fiddle), Valerie Thompson (cello), and Natalie Bohrn (bass) - to the growing list of exciting, innovative bands coming from the Northeast.

With Laura Cortese (a seasoned "sideman") at the helm as bandleader and driving force behind the group, the quartet is set to release their debut album, 'California Calling' on Compass Records later this fall.

For the lead track, "The Low Hum," Cortese says: "We went on an arranging retreat up to Montreal in January of 2016 to explore music for the first ever Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards studio album. Valerie was freshly out of the hospital after having foot surgery and was recuperating in one room while Jenna, Natalie and I started talking about the absurd experiences of our day including getting someone with a broken foot up three flights of snowy Montreal stairs and breaking the key to our hosts house off in their door. Jenna had brought a banjo on the retreat in the hopes of challenging herself on this new instrument so we decided to create the basis for the song on the banjo. Jenna came up with a riff while Natalie and I started to sing the verse melody. We gravitated towards singing the verses in three-part harmony. When it came time to work on the chorus we decided to wait for Valerie's input. Months later, on another writing retreat in Iceland with all four of us ready and able, we hashed out the chorus and the arrangement."

Further she says, "This video was shot in an apartment in Sodermalm Stockholm on a sunny day off on our Swedish tour by musician, sound engineer and videographer Petter Berndalen. We are totally enamored with the ethereal quality Petter captured on video to suit the song."

Look for 'California Calling' due out in early October on Compass Records. Pre-order available HERE.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 1:57 PM

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