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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.

Stream this week's show. (audio may take a minute to load on mobile devices)

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

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