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Folk Alley Radio Show #180315

March 17, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley, Elena See spotlights new music by folk icon, Joan Baez, from her latest release, 'Whistle Down the Wind;' and more new tunes from the Massachusetts-based indie-folk quintet Parsonsfield, Tommy Emmanuel, Kacey Musgraves, John Prine, Chris Smither, The Wood Brothers, Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert, Darlingside, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Mary Chapin Carpenter; and we'll hear a set from Vivian Leva's new debut, solo debut, 'Time Is Everything'; plus, more!

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


Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Parsonfield - Light of the City - WE - Signature Sounds

Tommy Emmanuel - Saturday Night Shuffle (feat. Jorma Kaukonen & Pat Bergeson) - Accomplice One - CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers

Jason Isbell - The Life You Chose - Something More Than Free - Southeastern Records

The Wood Brothers - Seasick Emotions - One Drop of Truth - Honey Jar Records/Thirty

The Stray Birds - Radio - Magic Fire - Yep Roc Records

Joan Baez - The Great Correction - whistle Down the Wind - Concord Records

Eliza Gilkyson - Is It Like Today - Paradise Hotel - Redhouse

John Prine - Summer's End - The Tree of Forgiveness - Oh Boy/Thirty Tigers

Chris Smither - Nobody Home - Call Me Lucky - Signature Sounds

Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert - 15 Acres - The Ledges - Dead Reckoning Records

Jon Stickley Trio - Rice Dream - Lost at Last - Jon Stickley

Kaia Kater - Little Pink - Nine Pin - Kingswood Records

Kacey Musgraves - Spacey Cowboy - Golden Hour - MCA Nashville

The Honey Dewdrops - Wandering Boy - If the Sun Will Shine - self

Hour Two:

Darlingside - Futures - Extralife - More Doug Records/Thirty Tigers

Le Vent du Nord - D'ouest e nest - Tetu - Borealis Records

Sera Cahoone - House Our Own - From Where I Started - Lady Muleskinner Records

Alan Doyle - Summer Summer Night - A Week at the Warehouse - Universal Music Canada

Fortunate Ones - Solitary Sparks - The Bliss - Old Farm Pony Records

Vivian Leva - Time Is Everything - Time Is Everything - Free Dirt

Vivian Leva - Sturdy as the Land - Time Is Everything - Free Dirt

Richard Thompson - Sloth - Acoustic Rarities - Beeswing

Boubacar Traore - Duna Ma Yelema - Dounia Tabolo - Lusafrica

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Babe I Know (feat. Lucious) - Tearing at the Seams - Stax/Concrd

Shovels & Rope - (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding (feat. Lucious) - Busted Jukebox, Volume 1 - Dualtone Music

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Naked To the Eye - Sometimes Just the Sky - Lambent Light Records

Haas Kowert Tice - Grandpa's Cheesebarn - You Got This - Haas Kowert Tice

John Gorka - If Not Now - Old Future's Gone - Red House

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 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 11:24 AM

Add the Folk Alley Skill to Your Alexa Line-up

March 13, 2018

Echo Plus, Black Kitchen Counter.jpgUsing the Folk Alley Skill for Amazon Echo Smart Speakers is easy and allows you quick access to Folk Alley content.

To use the Folk Alley Skill for Echo, follow these simple steps:

1. Open your Alexa app and go to the menu.
2. Scroll down and click on Skills.
3. Search "Folk Alley."
4. Enable the desired Skill.

The Folk Alley Skill provides multiple options for audio playback. The list for each is below (or see the entry in the Alexa App):

For the Primary Stream, say: "Alexa, play Folk Alley"
For Fresh Cuts, say: "Alexa, ask Folk Alley to play Fresh Cuts"
For the Irish Stream, say: "Alexa, ask Folk Alley to play the Irish Stream"
For Holiday Music, Say: "Alexa, ask Folk Alley to play Holiday" [available during winter holidays]

Other Tasks:
"Alexa, ask Folk Alley what's playing"
"Alexa, ask Folk Alley what's playing on Fresh Cuts"
"Alexa, ask Folk Alley what's playing on the Irish Stream"

Also, the Folk Alley Skill can be linked to your Folk Alley login to access the Member-only Pledge Free Stream and to check your Folk Alley Member Status.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 12:51 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180308

March 11, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley, we'll celebrate to coming of St. Patrick's Day with music by The Chieftains featuring Bonnie Raitt, We Banjo 3, and Doolin'; new music from John Prine, Chris Smither, Parsonsfield, Darlingside, Brandi Carlile, Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert, Ry Cooder, Kacey Musgraves, The Wood Brothers, and Adriel Denae; more favorites from The Suitcase Junket, The Secret Sisters, Heidi Talbot, Mavis Staples; plus we'll celebrate Norman Blake's 80th birthday with a set of music from his 1972 debut release, 'Back Home in Sulphur Springs.'

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


Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

The Chieftains (Bonnie Raitt) - A Stor Mo Chroi - Tears of Stone - RCA

We Banjo 3 - Shove The Pig's Foot A Little Further In The Fire-Fine Times At Our House - Gather the Good - We Banjo 3

Doolin' - Galway Girl - Doolin' - Compass Records

Chris Smither - Maybellene - Call Me Lucky - Signature Sounds

The Suitcase Junket - Beta Star - Pile Driver -Signature Sounds

Brandi Carlile - Harder to Forgive - By the Way, I Forgive You - Elektra

The Secret Sisters - King Cotton - You Don't Own Me Anymore - New West Records

John Prine - Knockin' On Your Screen Door - The Tree of Forgiveness - Oh Boy/Thirty Tigers

Nanci Griffith - Speed of the Sound of Loneliness - Winter Marquee - Rounder

Steve Goodman (John Prine) - Souvenirs - Affordable Art - Red PJ

Parsonsfield - Kick Out the Windows - WE - Signature Sounds

The East Pointers - No Bridge Too Far - What We Leave Behind - The East Pointers

Chris Castle - Bird - Crazy Wind -Dirtsandwh

Darlingside - Singularity - Extralife - More Doug Records/Thirty

Heidi Talbot - Everything - In Love + Light - Compass

Hour Two:

Norman Blake - Little Joe - Back Home in Sulfer Springs - Rounder

Norman Blake - Ginseng Sullivan - Back Home in Sulfer Springs - Rounder

Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert - Wouldn't Be the First Time - The Ledges - Dead Reckoning Records

Mike Barnett (feat. David Grisman) - Bow Wow - Portraits in Fiddles - Compass Records

Tim O'Brien - Go Down To the Water - Pompadour - Howdy Skies Records

Ry Cooder - Shrinking Man - The Prodigal Son - Fantasy Records/Concord

Mavis Staples - Down In Mississippi - We'll Never Turn Back - ANTI

Kacey Musgraves - Butterflies - Golden Hour - MCA Nashville

Willie Nelson (feat, Alison Krauss) - No Mas Amor - To All the Girls... - Sony Legacy

The Wood Brothers - Strange As It Seems - One Drop of Truth - Honey Jar Records

Elephant Revival - Lexington - Break In the Clouds - Ruff Shod

Parker Millsap - Jealous Sun - The Very Last Day - Okrahoma Records

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

Adriel Denae - Build A World - Build A World - Refuge Foundation for the Arts

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 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 9:00 PM

Folk Alley Presents 'THE KING' at CIFF42

March 9, 2018


Folk Alley presents two screenings of the documentary THE KING at the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival. Director Eugene Jarecki travels America in Elvis' 1963 Rolls Royce talking to people along the way about the parallels between Elvis' rise and fall and the post-war American experience. Folk Alley listeners can use the code "FOLK" for a $2 ticket discount for screenings on April 6 at 7:20 PM and April 7 at 2:10 PM. Both screenings will be at Tower City Cinemas.

As a young man, Elvis Presley was the embodiment of the American dream. A poor boy from the country, he carved his own path and rose to unprecedented fame faster than anyone had before. More than 40 years after his death, Elvis is still known around the world as "The King." But even this perceived immortality could not prevent the tragedy that befell him. In fact, the very factors that led to his success would ultimately lead to his demise. And while Elvis lost his authenticity to fame and money, his country was losing its democracy to capitalism and greed, making Elvis the perfect metaphor for America. THE KING is an all-encompassing deep dive into the promises and failures of the United States and rise and fall of the biggest empire the world has ever known. Among the notable appearances in the film are Folk Alley artists Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Radney Foster, M. Ward and Linda Thompson.

Regular ticket prices are $14 for CIFF members and $16 for non-members. By using the code "FOLK," Folk Alley members can receive a $2 discount on their CIFF tickets good for any Festival Film (unless otherwise specified). Members can purchase tickets online at, at the Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by phone at 877-304-FILM (3456).

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 3:58 PM

Hear It First: Parsonsfield, 'WE'

March 5, 2018

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Parsonsfield-Folk-Alley-Hear-It-First-600.jpgI read something on Twitter the other day - and I can't remember who wrote it, so apologies if it was you. It went something like this: "Sometimes it's ok to acknowledge that you're tired. Sometimes it's ok to not fill every second with something. Sometimes it's ok to say, 'I need a break.'" In this world we live in, this world that's a constant push toward doing more, being more, and having more, this reminder to pause and to consider is something we all need from time to time.

The 5-piece band Parsonsfield made it a point to pause recently. They stopped touring for a couple of months - quite a change of pace for this non-stop Massachusetts quintet - and focused solely on creating and recording a new 5-song EP, 'WE.'

"'WE' is not about you and me or even 'us,' the band," the musicians say. Instead, "it's about finding our way in the world one day at a time, trying to live out each moment until the sun goes down." Taking life one day at a time - that's certainly something this group knows about. Founded in 2010, and formerly known as Poor Old Shine, they've undergone some sound changes as well as the name change. And yet, Parsonsfield just keeps on coming back, reinventing themselves a bit with each new album while maintaining a core belief in the power of voices and instruments (oh so many instruments!) raised together in song and in sound.

Despite 'WE''s short length, the band touches on more than a few of life's major themes: depression, love, loss, fear, living life to the fullest - the list goes on. From the opening "Light of the City," which, for all that it's a rich, fully orchestrated song, is really a thoughtful contemplation on being utterly alone, to the closing "Kick Out the Windows" (my favorite), a song which raises a fist against complacency and ends on a question, 'WE' is about appreciating life in the moment, and about being content with what you've got, rather than constantly searching and moving and looking toward something new.


'WE' is out this Friday, March 9th on Signature Sounds Recordings, and is available for pre-order now via iTunes and

Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 2:25 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180301

March 4, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley, in honor of Women's History Month, it's an encore broadcast of a show first heard in August 2017 featuring songs by artists who made NPR Music's 'Turning The Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women' list. We spotlight our favorite folk, roots, and Americana artists who made the cut, including: The Roches, Iris DeMent, Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Cassandra Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gillian Welch, Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, Bobbie Gentry, and much more.

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


Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

The Roches - Mr. Sellack - The Roches - Warner Bros

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

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 (1964) - 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 Sing the Blues - RCA/Victor

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

Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - 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 Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via 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 12:08 AM

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