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Hear It First: 'American Folk' Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth

January 22, 2018

by Cindy Howes, Folk Alley

American Folk Motion Picture Soundtrack Folk Alley Hear It First.jpg'American Folk' is a film about two musicians who take an unexpected cross-country road trip in the wake of September 11th. They meet on a flight to New York that, after takeoff, is forced to return to Los Angeles when planes across the country are grounded for three days after 9/11. Desperate to make it to New York, the pair obtains a 1972 Chevy Caravan and embarks on their journey where they encounter many different characters all reeling after the terrorist attacks.

Actual singer-songwriters Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth star in the film and perform 14 of the 16 songs on its soundtrack. The tribute to the American folk music tradition seen through the eyes of two songwriters driving across a vulnerable nation is a heartwarming premise. Standouts on the soundtrack are the tender moments between Purdy and Rubarth on their original material. Each wrote two songs for the film with the highlight being Purdy's "This Old Guitar" (long version), which evokes the emotion and fragility that make him a great songwriter. Rubarth has an impressive ability to channel the American folk tradition, which also flows freely on her own songs such as her original, "Townes." In the end, you are left with wanting to hear more original tunes featuring Purdy and Rubarth collaborations.

'American Folk' soundtrack is out on January 26th via American Folk Records and is available for pre-order now at iTunes and Amazon.com.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:05 PM


Folk Alley Radio Show #180118

January 20, 2018

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:

Ruthie Foster (feat. Derek Trucks) - Joy Comes Back - Joy Comes Back - Blue Corn Music

Paul Thorn - You Might Be Wrong - Pimps & Preachers - Perpetual Obscurity

Mary Gauthier - Brothers - Rifles & Rosary Beads - In the Black Records/Thirty

Bruce Cockburn - Bone On Bone -Bone On Bone - True North

Stephen Fearing - Love Like Water - Every Soul's a Sailor - Stephen Fearing

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton - Little Black Bear - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton - The Last - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons - Never Meant to Love You - Old Believer - Readymade Records

Bon Iver - Skinny Love - For Emma, Forever Ago - Jagjaguw

Tracy Grammer - Hole - Low Tide - Self

Tracy Grammer - Forty-niner - Low Tide - Self

John Gorka - Tattooed - True In Time - Red House/Compass

Darrell Scott - A Crooked Road - A Crooked Road - Full Light Records

Hour Two:

Darlingside - Hold Your Head Up High - Extralife - Thirty Tigers

Caitlin Canty - I Never - Reckless Skyline - Caitlin Canty

Willie Watson - The Cuckoo Bird - Folksinger Vol. 2 - Acony Records

Tommy Emmanuel - C-Jam Blues (feat. David Grisman & Bryan Sutton) - Accomplice One - CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers

Bryan Sutton - Time Has Come - The More I Learn - Sugar Hill

Kim Richey (feat. Chuck Prophet) - Whistle On Occasion - Edgeland - Yep Roc Records

The Websters & Scott Nygaard - It's My Lazy Day - Ten Thousand Miles - LotsofRec

Steep Canyon Rangers - Farmers and Pharaohs - Out In the Open - Ramseur Records

Kane, Welch, & Kaplin - Red Light Blinking - Kane, Welch, & Kaplin - Compass

Chastity Brown - After You - Back-Road Highways - Creative Dreams

The Wood Brothers - Happiness Jones - One Drop of Truth - Honey Jar Records/Thirty

The Wood Brothers - River Takes the Town - One Drop of Truth - Honey Jar Records/Thirty

Wilco - The Late Greats - A Ghost Is Born - Nonesuch

May Erlewine - Wild - Mother Lion - Earthwork Music

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 2:01 PM

Hear It First: John Gorka, 'True In Time'

January 16, 2018

by Cindy Howes, Folk Alley

John Gorka True In Time Folk Alley Hear It First Cindy Howes 300.jpgJohn Gorka is a towering figure in folk music thanks to his longevity, powerful baritone, collaborative spirit, and remarkable songwriting. Gorka has been on the scene since the early 1980's, where he cut his teeth in the Fast Folk circles (among others) in New York, playing in coffeehouse alongside folks like Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin and Nanci Griffith. That deep and steady voice he hones brilliantly is like the Bing Crosby of singer-songwriters. And the feeling of assuredness and comfort in that voice is one that few others evoke. John's musical partnerships span decades and include friends like Eliza Gilkyson, Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys) and Lucy Kaplansky. If you follow the trail of his writing, you'll find deep and meaningful songs from one of the genre's most quietly thoughtful troubadours.

All of this is apparent on his latest record, 'True In Time.' Produced in Minneapolis with some of the best session players in the city, the album was recorded live, which is apparent in the organic flow and groove. The overall earnest approach is genuine, which is the only thing John Gorka could ever be. In all honesty, Gorka is something of a father figure: kind, supportive, stable, and has that special something that only an adorable dad can pull off: dad humor. Lines like "The cool people had a meeting and decided I was not one of them," kinda make you wanna groan and roll your eyes in jest. Gorka is a silly guy; if you've ever met him or seen him in concert you've experienced his sense of humor that occasionally gets into his songwriting. Sometimes it's charming and sometimes it's.... not. However, once you start getting under the hood, you'll discover the profound meaning and extraordinary origins of (most of) the songs.

On 'True In Time,' the best example of Gorka's cuteness aligning with his exceptional songwriting is the song "The Ballad of Iris & Pearl," where he creates fictional hero folk singers who flew under radar for the whole of their career. He re-writes music history claiming the two women taught Elvis and Dylan everything they know. The best part is when you find out the song was inspired by Eliza Gilkyson's two dogs (named Iris and Pearl) at her songwriting retreat in Taos, NM.

On the flipside of that silliness is the root of the title track, a co-write with Pete Kennedy. A Facebook post John shared of Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion" after the death of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds caused Kennedy to respond, "Maybe all songs come true in time." Peter later suggested this sounded like a song, which led to co-writing long distance. Not sure if it was intentional to make the song sound like it came from The Great American Songbook, but it wouldn't be out of place if Fisher and Reynolds ever had the chance to sing it on stage together.

John's guitar playing has always been the ultimate, the classic, and the very definition of the folk singer-songwriter. Hearing it ring out alongside the crack session musicians on 'True In Time' only makes it more true and steadfast. Gorka is at his best when he's keeping it sincere and contemplative. Also, guest appearances by Jonatha Brooke, Eliza Gilkyson, and Lucy Kaplansky just add to the high quality of this music.

At the end of the day, Gorka's soulful voice, songwriting, and guitar work are what we're here for, and they are given center stage on this solid record.

'True In Time' is out on January 19 via Compass/Red House Records, and is available for pre-order now at iTunes and Amazon.com

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:45 PM

Hear It First: Tracy Grammer, 'Low Tide'

January 14, 2018

by Elena See, Folk Alley

LOW TIDE COVER-RGB 300x300 FOLK ALLEY copy.jpgIf you've ever walked along an ocean's shore at low tide, you'll see things you don't normally see. Low tide is when the sea is at its lowest level. And so all sorts of the ocean's secrets - the animals, the shells, the plant life you never normally get to see - are exposed. There are no secrets at low tide.

And that's why 'Low Tide' is such an appropriate title for Tracy Grammer's new album. There are no secrets here. With this album, her 11th but her first of all (almost all) original songs, Grammer lays bare her very soul. "These are very personal songs," she says. "Songs about family, loss, hope, and relationships."

Tracy Grammer has been making music since 1997 and is best known for her collaboration with the late Dave Carter. When he died in 2002, she continued to perform, but most often sang Carter's songs, rather than her own material. "I made it my mission to get people to sing along," she says. Her mission changed a few years ago when she participated in a songwriter project and she's eager, she says, to get her own music in front of audiences (who, it should be noted, have LONG been demanding it).

Grammer sings about mistakes. About passion. About failures. And about wishes and dreams that were never - and will never be - fulfilled. As you listen to certain songs ("Hole," "Daffodil Days," a cover of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting"), you'll be hard pressed NOT to think about Dave Carter and about their relationship, which was both professional and personal.

However, in the midst of this intense pain and self-recrimination, there's also a sense that Grammer is finally able to let go of some her sorrow. Her voice on "Free," for example, is peaceful and light. As she sings about learning to let go, about the wonder that comes when "all the worry, all the running away is done," you know: this is the voice of a songwriter who has made her peace with the past and who is ready - and more than willing - to move forward.

'Low Tide' will be released on January 19th, and is available for pre-order directly at Tracy's Bandcamp page, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:23 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180111

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:

Odetta - Got My Mind On Freedom - It's A Mighty World - RCA/Victor

Rhiannon Giddens - Birmingham Sunday - Freedom Highway - Nonesuch

Brandi Carlile - The Mother - By the Way, I Forgive You - Elektra

Buddy Miller & Friends (feat. Brandi Carlile & the Lone Bellow) - Angel From Montgomery - Cayamo Sessions at Sea - New West Records

Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth - Someone Singing With Me - American Folk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - American Folk Records

James Keelaghan - Sing My Heart Home - Home - Appleseed

I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan) - Game To Lose - See You Around - I'm With Her/Rounder

The Lonely Heartstring Band - The Look In My Eye - Deep Waters - Rounder Records/Concord

Musique a Bouches - Le Maréchal - Jusqu'aux oreilles - Musique a Bouches

John Gorka - Arroyo Seco - True In Time - Red House/Compass

Tom Russell - Where The Dream Begins - Borderland - Hightone

Mavis Staples - Eyes On the Prize - We'll Never Turn Back - ANTI

Mavis Staples - MLK Song - Livin' On A High Note - ANTI

Hour Two:

Mile Twelve - You Don't Even Know It Yet - Onwards - Delores the Taurus

Darlingside - Bird Say - Bird Say - Thirty Tigers

Solas - The Wind that Shakes the Barley - Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers - Shanachie

Usher's Island - Five Drunken Landladies - Usher's Island - Compass Records

We Banjo 3 - Tell Me Why (Gather the Good) - Gather the Good - We Banjo 3

Rodney Crowell - Shake Your Money Maker - Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James (compilation) - Sylvan Songs

Keb' Mo' - Look On Yonder Wall - Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James (compilation) - Sylvan Songs

Samantha Fish - Need You More - Belle of the West - Ruf Records

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three - Head To Toe - Middle of Everywhere - Free Dirt Records

Upstate Rubdown - Bad Enough - A Remedy - Upstate Rubdown

Tommy Emmanuel (with Jason Isbell) - Deep River Blues - Accomplice One - CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers

Tommy Emmanuel (with Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo) - Djangology - Accomplice One - CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers

Norman Blake - Randall Collins - Back Home in Sulphur Springs - Rounder

Mark Erelli - Deep Red Bells - Mixtape - Mark Erelli

Kris Delmhorst - The Wild - The Wild - Blueblade 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 12:04 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180104

January 11, 2018

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:

The Decemberists - January Hymn - The King Is Dead - Capitol

Drew Emmitt - Big Ice - Across The Bridge - Compass

Ruth Moody - Cold Outside - The Garden - Red House Records

Steep Canyon Rangers - Out In the Open - Out In the Open - Ramseur Records

River Whyless - Falling Son - We Are the Light - Roll Call Records

Greensky Bluegrass - Take Cover - Shouted, Written Down and Quoted - Big Blue Zoo (Thirty Tigers)

Billy Strings - Living Like An Animal - Turmoil & Tinfoil - Apostol Recording

Mary Gauthier - The War After the War - Rifles & Rosary Beads - In the Black Records/Thirty

Steve Earle & The Dukes and Dutchesses - Invisible - The Low Highway - New West Records

Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth - Townes - American Folk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - American Folk Records

Townes Van Zandt - Pancho & Lefty - Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972 - Omnivore Records

Samantha Fish - American Dream - Belle of the West - Ruf Records

Luther Dickinson - Horseshoe (Reprise) - Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook) Volumes I & II - New West Records

Guy Davis - Taking Just A Little Bit of Time - Kokomo Kidd - M.C. Records

Hour Two:

Alan Doyle - Bully Boys - A Week at the Warehouse - Universal Music Canada

Great Big Sea (live, compilation) - Going Up - Philadelphia Folk Festival - 40th Anniversary - Sliced Brd

Jeffrey Martin - Thrift Store Dress - One Go Around - Fluff & Gravy

Mike Barnett (feat. Bryan Sutton) - Hangman's Reel - Portraits in Fiddles - Compass Records

Anna & Elizabeth - Heap of Horses - Sun To Sun - Free Dirt Records

I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan) - See You Around - See You Around - I'm With Her/Rounder

Sarah Jarosz - Comin' Undone - Undercurrent - Sugar Hill

Offa Rex - Bonny May - The Queen of Hearts - Nonesuch

June Tabor & Oysterband - Bonnie Bunch of Roses - Ragged Kingdom - Topic

Usher's Island - Cairndaisy - Usher's Island - Compass Records

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings - Driftin' Snow - South - File Under: Music

Richie & Rosie - Cold Mountain - Nowhere In Time - Richie & Rosie

Caitlin Canty - Vermont - Golden Hour - Self

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 10:03 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171228

December 31, 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:

Lori McKenna - The Bird & the Rifle - The Bird & the Rifle - CN Records/Thirty Tigers

Bon Iver - 00000 Million - 22, A Million - Jagjaguwar

The Stray Birds - Hands of Man - Magic Fire - Yep Roc Records

Sam Bush - It's Not What You Think - Storyman - Sugar Hill

Kaia Kater - Rising Down - Nine Pin - Kingswood Records

Heather Masse (compilation) - Mittens - Christmas On the Lam and Other Songs from the Season - Red House Records

John Gorka - Holed Up Mason City - Bright Side Of Down - Red House

Suzzy Roche - Cold Hard Wind - Songs From An Unmarried Housewife and Mother, Greenich Village,U - Red House

Buddy Miller (compilation) - One of These Days (live) - The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris - Rounder

Mavis Staples (compilation) - Will the Circle Be Unbroken (LIVE) - The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris - Rounder

Chris Coole - Thinking About Home - The Tumbling River and Other Stories - Northern

Mike + Ruthy - Chasing Gold (in-studio) - Exclusive Folk Alley in-studio recording -

Guy Davis (Compilation) - We All Need More Kindness in This World - These Times We're Living In - Red House

Ann Wilson - Get Together - Hope and Glory - Zoe

Hour Two:

Balsam Range - Blue Collar Dreams - Mountain Voodoo - Mountain Home Music

Jayme Stone - Hog Went Through the Fence, Yoke and All - Jayme Stone's Lomax Project - Borealis

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer - Long, Black Road Into Tulsa Town - Seven Is The Number - TGM

Courtney Hartman - When You See the Morning - Nothing We Say - Courtney Hartman

Della Mae - Hounds (In-Studio) - Exclusive Folk Alley Recording - Folk Alley exclusive

Lucinda Williams - Stand Right By Each Other - Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone - Highway 20 Records (Thirty)

Martin Sexton - Love Keep Us Together - Black Sheep - Eastern Fr

Jeff Black - Sing Together - Folklore - Lotus Nile Music

Robert Earl Keen - Feelin' Good Again (live) - Live Dinner Reunion - Dualtone Music Group

Robert Earl Keen - Gringo Honeymoon (live) - Live Dinner Reunion - Dualtone Music Group

Mary Gauthier - Mercy Now - Mercy Now - LostHighwa

Wilco - We Aren't The World (Safety Girl) - Schmilco - dBpm/ANTI-

Shirley Collins - Old Johnny Buckle - Lodestar - Domino

David Grisman - Richochet - The David Grisman Quintet - Kaleidosco

Amanda Shires - Nursery Rhyme - My Piece of Land - Silver Knife 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 10:41 AM

Folk Alley's Best of 2017 - Matt Reilly's Top 5 Texans

December 28, 2017

by Matt Reilly, Folk Alley

Matt Reilly Headshot 230sq.jpgWhen you live in Texas, you tend to see things through Lone Star tinted glasses. I know that can be annoying to non-Texans, but we just can't help it. That said, Texas does produce its fair share of top notch roots music, and 2017 was no exception. This top 5 list features a collection of artists who show that strong, inventive songwriting still matters. From the veterans to the up and comers, their take on the most fundamental songwriting aspect - storytelling - tells me that, here in Texas at least, we're in good hands going forward.

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David Ramirez: 'We're Not Going Anywhere' (Sweetworld)

David Ramirez is an amazing songwriter who knows how to turn heartache into beauty. There are no half measures here. I feel like I've been through his break-ups and they're HIS break-ups. That's some good writing. "Watching From A Distance" is a confessional song about something most people won't confess to. iTunes


Ray Wylie Hubbard: 'Tell The Devil That I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can' (Bordello Records)

From the man who brought you "Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother", this a dense, wordy record that paints a vivid picture with each song. His songs have become more stories that verse, chorus, verse affairs but this rewards repeated listeners. It's also refreshing to listen to an artist who is keenly aware of his mortality - with tongue firmly in cheek. iTunes


Shinyribs: 'I Got Your Medicine' (Mustard Lid)

While not yet an American treasure, former Gourds leader, Kevin Russell, is quickly becoming a Central Texas one. The songwriting is more clear that the Gourds material and the songs have a soulful swampiness to them thanks to the horns and backing vocals. Check out "Don't Leave It a Lie" to get a taste of the musical gumbo. Also, if Shinyribs comes to your town, do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars, proceed directly to the show. You will become part of the Shinyribs family whether you like it or not. I think you'll like it though. iTunes


Slaid Cleaves: 'Ghost On the Car Radio' (Candy House Media)

It's been a few years since we got a record from Slaid. The time spent apart has been interesting: his everyman vocal delivery is even more welcome in these days of chaos and uncertainty. "Drunken Barber's Hand" is a particularly good metaphor for what's happening in the world. You'll also learn about old timey measurin'.

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The Sanco Loop: 'The Sanco Loop' (Victim Records)

Led by Peter Wagner, this sounds like Peter Gabriel with pedal steel. The songs have a dusty, plaintive quality that makes the words within even more striking. These are clearly very personal stories Wagner is telling us, and the unfussy productions brings the words front and center. Check out "Hot Year". It's an unlikely earworm. iTunes

Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:40 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171221

December 26, 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:

Yola Carter - What You Do - Orphan Offering (EP) - Yola Carter/Ear Trumpet

Offa Rex - Blackleg Miner - The Queen of Hearts - Nonesuch

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

Mipso - Train Down the Line - Coming Down The Mountain - Mipso

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters - Learning How To Love Him - Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters - Organic Records

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - Hope the High Road - The Nashville Sound - Southeastern Records

Chastity Brown - Drive Slow - Silhouette of Sirens - Red House Records

Lenore - Breathe - Lenore - Lenore

Twisted Pine - I Miss Talking - Twisted Pine - Signature Sounds

Flatt Lonesome - I'm Not Afraid To Be Alone - Silence In These Walls - Mountain Home

Slaid Cleaves - Drunken Barber's Hand - Ghost On the Car Radio - Candy House Media

The Mastersons - Perfect - Transient Lullaby - Red House Records

Bill Scorzari - Holy Man - Through These waves - Bill Scorzari

Nikki Lane - Highway Queen - Highway Queen - New West Records

The Mavericks - Easy As It Seems - Brand New Day - Mono Mundo

Hour Two:

The Infamous Stringdusters - This Ol' Building - Laws of Gravity - Compass Records

Alison Krauss - Poison Love - Windy City - Capitol Records

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

Guy Clark - Just To Watch Maria Dance (Unreleased Writer Demo) - The Best of the Dualtone Years - Dualtone

Steve Earle & The Dukes (feat. Willie Nelson) - So You Wannabe An Outlaw - So You Wannabe An Outlaw - Warner Brothers

Rayna Gellert - Workin's Too Hard - Workin's Too Hard - StorySound Records

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

Molly Tuttle - Good Enough - Rise (EP) - Molly Tuttle Music

The Secret Sisters - He's Fine - You Don't Own Me Anymore - New West Records

David Rawlings - Come On Over To My House - Poor David's Almanack - Acony Records

I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan) - Little Lies - Little Lies (EP) - I'm With Her/Rounder

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Don't Let It Bring You Down - Echo In the Valley - Rounder Records/Concord

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

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - If We Were Vampires - The Nashville Sound - Southeastern Records

Rhiannon Giddens (with Bhi Bhiman) - Freedom Highway - Freedom Highway - Nonesuch

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 1:59 PM

Folk Alley's Best of 2017 - Cindy Howes' Top 10

December 22, 2017

by Cindy Howes, Folk Alley

Cindy Howes BlueHeadshot sq crop 300.jpg2017 was a difficult year personally and it didn't help that the world seemed to be falling in on itself even more than usual. To be honest, it was so dark and hard that I couldn't listen to music for a while (the volume was down a lot during my radio shows). Eventually, I started to open up to new music again. It was an incredibly painful year, but at the same time, that's when you need art and beauty the most. The feeling that music gave me as I started coming out on the other side is indescribable and probably not relatable, so for the most part, this list is extremely personal. This music was with me when I was at my lowest. It saved me and I am so grateful.

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Ethan Gruska: 'Slowmotionary' (Sire)

Ethan is in The Belle Brigade with his sister and they make peppy indie pop, but this is so different from that. 'Slowmotionary' is a beautiful, quiet and sincere record full of cinematic vignettes accompanied by mostly piano and acoustic guitar. It kind of reminds me of 1940's jazz crooners. The album is a comfort and like an understanding friend that carries you through to better times. iTunes


The Barr Brothers: 'Queens of the Breakers' (Secret City)

Based in Montreal and originally from Providence, RI, The Barr Brothers' mixture of folk, rock and whatever it is that harp player is doing, served as my soundtrack when I felt like I was coming back from the bottom. This record is perfect to accompany a crisp autumn morning walk you'd rather not be taking. "I know it's hard to see the light when you're on your knees," Brad Barr sings on the opening track "Defibrillation." See this band live; this was the best show I've ever seen. No joke. iTunes


Rhiannon Giddens: 'Freedom Highway' (Nonesuch)

Last year I read "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi, which is a hard and important book that chronicles 7 generations of two sisters from Ghana. One remained in her homeland and the other was captured into slavery and shipped to America. That devastating book along with Rhiannon Giddens' second solo record are the clearest depiction of Black American history you could ask for. From slavery, to civil rights, to the current struggle with police brutality, Giddens lays it out like a history lesson. iTunes


Josh Ritter: 'Gathering' (Cooking Vinyl)

Something is up with Josh Ritter because he is sounding EPIC on this record. One guess is that his collaborative album with Bob Weir inspired him to make his own wide-open sounding cowboy-style record. Ritter's writing is busted open and his faithful Royal City Band lays down their sophisticated touches. iTunes


Rose Cousins: 'Natural Conclusion' (Old Farm Pony Records)

Your favorite Canadian cousin went to Los Angeles and recorded her latest album with master producer Joe Henry and a gang of top notch musicians (including my favorite drummer Jay Bellerose! "Like Trees" has sick drums!!). It's nice to hear Rose's voice against her piano playing. That piano also fully seals the deal on crying your face off to her music. I can't tell you all the lessons I've learned from Rose over the years. Her records are like therapy. 'Natural Conclusion' takes what she's been doing so masterfully for years to the next level. iTunes


Deb Talan: 'Lucky Girl' (Nettwerk)

Deb Talan decided that after being in a band (The Weepies) for over a decade, raising three boys and surviving breast cancer, that she needed to do something in order to find herself again. Thankfully (!) that meant her first solo record in 13 years: 'Lucky Girl.' Is there a better modern day unknown songwriter out there other than Deb Talan? No. There is not. iTunes


Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit: 'The Nashville Sound' (Southeastern Records)

The songs called for rock and roll, so Jason Isbell got the band (The 400 Unit) back together for his third release with producer Dave Cobb. On some songs, Isbell writes from the perspective of flawed, yet sympathetic characters. On others, he gets very personal dealing with issues of gender inequality and racism. Through it all, he finds a way to keep his sincerity and humor (where appropriate) on the forefront. iTunes


Son Little: 'New Magic' (ANTI-)

Aaron Livingston, known on stage as Son Little, doesn't really have a genre that he likes to stick to. On his second release, 'New Magic,' he has further developed his dark groove among experimental rock, folk and blues. His voice somehow sounds like it's two voices up against guitar lines that would make Hendrix or Muddy Waters sit up and pay attention. There is something otherworldly about his presentation that is futuristic, but encompasses the past at the same time. iTunes


Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards: 'California Calling' (Compass)

Boston-based fiddler Laura Cortese's first release with her quartet gives the singer-songwriter an edge that existed in her music, but has not seen fruition like this before. Produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive), Cortese sounds like she is tapping into a new freedom and lightness while still upholding the traditional sound that she has previously mastered. iTunes


Julien Baker: 'Turn Out The Lights' (Matador)

Everyone I know is freaking out about Julien Baker and okay fine, I will add my voice to the crowd. She is the real deal: vulnerable, struggling and powerful. Mostly the record centers on the struggle for self-care and explaining her mental illness and addiction to those closest to her. Her beautiful arrangements on electric guitar and piano (a new thing for her!) float alongside devastating lyrics. High points of the record come when her calm even voice suddenly soars to a scream, which is both jarring and affirming that she's not giving up the fight to be well. iTunes

Posted by Linda Fahey at 11:30 AM

Folk Alley's Best of 2017 - Kelly McCartney's 10 Overlooked/Underrated Singer/Songwriter Records

December 21, 2017

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for Folk Alley

Kelly McCartney 400.jpg10 Overlooked/Underrated Singer/Songwriter Records of 2017

There are a lot of amazing artists making magnificent music -- many of whom doing so just under the radar. The top however-many lists that round out each year are wonderful, but there are always records that don't make the cut for one reason or another. Still, they deserve to be heard... starting with these.


LISTEN to this playlist on Spotify.


Aimee Mann: 'Mental Illness' (Super Ego Records)

Aimee Mann is a fantastic songwriter. That should be enough to warrant a listen, but if you need more... 'Mental Illness' is her finest effort in over a decade. And that's really saying something because even her worst records are better than many artists' bests. iTunes


Andrew Combs: 'Canyons of My Mind' (New West Records)

Andrew Combs' 'All These Dreams' was in my top two for 2015, so the bar was HIGH. On 'Canyons,' he rambles and ranges further from the musical center of 'Dreams,' incorporating a wider spectrum of sounds and styles. And it's lovely to behold. iTunes


Ani DiFranco: 'Binary' (Righteous Babe Records)

No one writes songs and records sounds like Ani DiFranco does. There's something so beautifully tweaked in her brain that allows her to make music a full-contact sport. It's kind of ridiculous and definitely righteous. iTunes


Anna Tivel: 'Small Believer' (Fluff and Gravy)

There's something about the vibe of an Anna Tivel record that is so very, very soothing... even while the songwriting that lingers underneath cuts right to the core. If your heart is going to be broken, may it be broken so beautifully as this. iTunes


Caroline Spence: 'Spades & Roses' (Tone Tree Music)

This gal... blimey! Caroline Spence uses metaphors and imagery in ways that few other songwriters do. On 'Spades & Roses,' she does so to stunning effect, particularly on tunes like "Softball" and "All the Beds I've Made." She's so good. Really. Just so good. iTunes


Chastity Brown: 'Silhouette of Sirens' (Red House Records)

Chastity Brown has a way of turning a thoroughly ordinary phrase about an incredibly mundane detail into absolute poetry. No idea how she makes "I was three feet away from the love of my life" pack such a damn punch, but she does. Time and again. iTunes


John Craigie: 'No Rain, No Rose' (Zabriskie Point Records)

That breezy, California folk-rock sound of the late '60s/early '70s is always a winner, and John Craigie leans right on into it on 'No Rain, No Rose.' iTunes


Kelly McFarling: 'Water Dog' (Kelly McFarling)

This is just a cool record, top to bottom. And, since it is the Year of the Banjo, at least one record on the list had to step pretty well to it. But Kelly McFarling uses the banjo similarly to Pieta Brown or Birds of Chicago. That is to say, lovingly and sparingly. iTunes


Sera Cahoone: 'From Where I Started' (Lady Muleskinner Records)

What a charmer this one is. There's nothing fancy or frivolous about what Sera Cahoone does on 'From Where I Started,' but that allows the thoughtfulness and heart to come shining through. (Bonus points for the banjos!) iTunes


Will Hoge: 'Anchors' (EDLO Records)

Not sure any other artist this year captured the challenges and charms of long-term relationships the way Will Hoge did. On 'Anchors,' Hoge's writing matches the nuance that is, necessarily, a part of living our way into -- and sometimes out of -- love. iTunes

Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:01 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171214

December 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.

{{The audio for this episode is no longer available.}}

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Indigo Girls - Happy Joyous Hanukkah - Holly Happy Days - Vanguard Records

The Barenaked Ladies - Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah - Barenaked For The Holidays - Desperatin

Josh Ritter - Wintertime (The Snow is Coming Down) - Acoustic Christmas (compilation) - Amazon Music

Valerie June (compilation) - Winter Wonderland - An American Christmas - New West Records

Over the Rhine - Blood Oranges In the Snow - Blood Oranges In the Snow - Great Speckled Dog

Shovels & Rope (feat. Brandi Carlile) - Cleanup Hitter - Busted Jukebox, Volume 2 - New West Records

Shovels & Rope (feat. John Moreland) - Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain - Busted Jukebox, Volume 2 - New West Records

Boubacar Traore - Dounia Tabolo - Dounia Tabolo - Lusafrica

Richard Thompson - Gethsemane - Acoustic Classics II - Beeswing

Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman - Old Time River Man - Dear John - Refuge Foundation for the

Black Prairie - For the Love of Jon Hartford - A Tear In the Eye Is A Wound In the Heart - Sugar Hill Records

The Howlin' Brothers - Julia Belle Swain - Howl - Readymade Records

KC Groves - Train 45 - Happy Little Trees - KC Groves

Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks - Santa Gotta Choo Choo - Crazy For Christmas - Surfdog

Hour Two:

Nikki Lane - Highway Queen - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

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

Darrell Scott - World of Wonder - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

John Gorka - Good Noise - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Sarah Lee Guthrie - I've Got to Know - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Musique À Bouches - Plantons La Vigne - Folk Alley Session at FestiTrad - Folk Alley Exclusive

Andre Brunet - À Plein Souffle (medley) - Folk Alley Session at FestiTrad - Folk Alley Exclusive

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

Twisted Pine - I Miss Talking - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

John Craigie - Bucket List Grandmas - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Red Tail Ring - Wondrous Love/Lay Aside Your Crown - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Rayna Gellert & Kieran Kane - Cold Air - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Kris Delmhorst - Color of the Sky - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Peter Mulvey - The Last Song - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

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 9:47 AM

Folk Alley's Best of 2017 - Elena See's Top 10 Albums

December 15, 2017

By Elena See, FolkAlley.com

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Musically, 2017 was a year of discovery and, frankly, awe. It started in February when I attended the Folk Alliance International Conference for the first time in ... oh, nearly a decade or so. Being surrounded by people so enthusiastic and excited about music was infectious. It reminded me that, in spite of everything else that's wrong with the world today, there's a whole lot of good music being made. It was a much-needed reminder this year, too. Below, in no particular order, music that surprised me, inspired me, engaged me, and delighted me. I hope it does all those things for you, too.










mavericks.jpgThe Mavericks: Brand New Day (Mono Mundo Recordings)

The weeks leading up to the 2016 United States presidential election were...challenging. And suddenly, small differences of opinion seemed insurmountable. Raul Malo's voice is, as always, an incredible comfort. Plus, reminders to never stop fighting for what is right and to keep our ears, hearts, and minds open are always welcome.





nikki lane.jpgNikki Lane: Highway Queen (New West Records)

Two words: Kick. Ass. Approaching life with an eyes-wide-open, take no prisoners attitude, outlaw country rocker Nikki Lane is a musician who's so spunky and so tough that there's nothing in the world that scares her. And that kind of attitude is exactly what I needed in 2017.





mastersons.jpgThe Mastersons: Transient Lullaby (Red House Records)

A gorgeous amalgamation of voices, instruments, harmonies, and lyrics - that's what Transient Lullaby is all about. Created by a couple of the best "side players" in the business, this album showcases the soloist talents of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore.





david ramirez.jpgDavid Ramirez: We're Not Going Anyway (Sweetworld)

David Ramirez was one of my new discoveries this year - shameful, really, since he's been making good music for a while now. The Austin-based songwriter's lens is one that will enable you to see things from a different perspective than your own - something we all need to do now.





flatt lonesome.jpgFlatt Lonesome: Silence in These Walls (Home Music Company)

Fronted by siblings Kelsi Robertson Harrigill, Charlie Robertson, and Buddy Robertson, Flatt Lonesome is an extraordinary example of a talented young bluegrass band. Not afraid to incorporate all sorts of diverse musical interests and influences, Silence in These Walls is a clear indicator that the future of music is in great hands.




jason isbell 400 unite.jpgJason Isbell and the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound (Southeastern Records)

Really, what is there to say about this record? I almost didn't include it on my list. Not because it's NOT a favorite or a best of the year, but because I know everyone else is going to include it, too. Whether it's the super obvious tracks ("White Man's World") or the more subtle ones ("Hope the High Road"), these musicians have a finger on the pulse of what's happening in the world.





chastity brown.jpgChastity Brown: Silhouette of Sirens (Red House Records)

There's lots to say about Chastity Brown's Silhouette of Sirens. But for me, it comes down to her voice. Her voice! What a gorgeous sound she creates...in fact, her voice is a sound I can listen to without knowing (or caring) what she's saying. Of course - she's saying lots of great things. But that voice! Sigh.





Lenore.jpgLenore.: Lenore. (Lenore.)

I love the backstory of this band - a couple of down on their luck musicians meet each other...and voila. Musical magic. Lenore. is a Portland, Oregon band and is one of many great bands/musicians coming out of that west coast scene. What makes these two musical friends stand out, though, is their very, very unusual - and very, very captivating - vocal harmonies. Their voices together - something truly magical.





bill scorzari.jpgBill Scorzari: Through These Waves (Bill Scorzari)

Bill Scorzari, a New York-based musician, is someone who (I'm ashamed to say) I was not familiar with before this album. Rough and gritty, grumbly and tough...his voice runs the gamut of emotions. And this album runs through a whole gamut of emotions, too. It was perhaps the most surprising album of 2017 for me.





twisted pine.jpgTwisted Pine: Twisted Pine (Signature Sounds Recordings)

Fun - that's the word that comes to my mind when I think of this young Boston-based band. Whether they're on stage or in the studio (check out Folk Alley's exclusive session, if you haven't already), a great sense of fun - something we all needed in 2017 - pervades their music. A delight.




Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:10 AM

Folk Alley Best of 2017 Listener Poll Results

December 14, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Thumbnail image for Folk Alley Best of 2017 Listener Poll SQ 300x300.pngFolk Alley's Best of 2017 - Listener Poll

If you listen to Folk Alley, you know our goal is to present a diverse and eclectic mix of the best folk, roots, and Americana music. Music by new and emerging artists as well as familiar favorites. So, every December, when we poll our listeners and ask them to vote for their favorite albums of the year, it's interesting to see what percolates to the top. Not surprisingly, it ends up being a diverse and eclectic mix of great folk, roots, and Americana artists!

CLICK HERE the see the Top 50 Listener Poll results for 2017.

Music from these albums, along with Folk Alley hosts' and staff top picks for the year, will be included in our Best of 2017 Fresh Cuts side stream available December 20th.

For now, CLICK HERE to LISTEN on Spotify


Posted by Linda Fahey at 6:07 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171207

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)

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

The Mavericks - Christmas Time Is (Coming 'Round Again) - (single) - Mono Mundo

The Mavericks - I Will Be Yours - Brand New Day - Mono Mundo

Bruce Cockburn -Cafe Society- Bone on Bone - True North

Mama's Broke - Even Though - Count the Wicked - Mama's Broke

The Small Glories - Something To Hold Onto - Wondrous Traveler - The Small Glories

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - California Calling - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - Three Little Words - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - Stockholm - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Yusuf/Cat Stevens - You Can Do (Whatever)! - The Laughing Apples - Decca/Cat-O-Log

Alison Krauss - I Never Cared For You - Windy City - Capitol Records

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Last of My Kind - The Nashville Sound - Southeastern Records

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - Strangest Christmas Yet - The Long Awaited Album - Rounder Records

Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks - Run Run Rudolph - Crazy For Christmas - Surfdog

Hour Two:

KC Groves - Northern Lights - Happy Little Trees - KC Groves

Rayna Gellert - Strike the Bells - Workin's Too Hard - StorySound Records

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Come All You Coal Miners - Echo In the Valley - Rounder Records/ Concord

Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman - Them Way Long Time Ago Times - Dear John - Refuge Foundation for the

Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman - Here I Am In Love Again - Dear John - Refuge Foundation for the

The Secret Sisters - Tennessee River Runs Low - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

The Secret Sisters - Mississippi - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Boubacar Traore - Badialo - Dounia Tabolo - Lusafrica

Bonnie Raitt (Habib Koite) - No Getting' Over You - Silver Lining - Capitol

Robby Hecht - Late Last Night - Late Last Night - self

Dori Freeman - Yonder Comes A Sucker - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

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 3:42 PM

Album Review: Steep Canyon Rangers, 'Out In the Open'

December 6, 2017

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Steep Canyon Rangers Out In the Open.jpgThe six musicians who make up the North Carolina based Steep Canyon Rangers started out nearly twenty years ago with their feet firmly planted in the bluegrass genre. Over time, they've morphed into a true supergroup: crazy good musicians who've developed an innate understanding of each other's talents and who know exactly how to work with each other to achieve the best possible sound. But, in 2017/2018, is it a true bluegrass sound? Well, kind of.

Of course, identifying a band as part of a specific musical genre has become less and less important. Good music is good music and, frankly, who cares if it's called country or bluegrass or rock 'n' roll? The Steep Canyon Rangers don't seem to care, that's for sure, and neither does producer Joe Henry. Together, they've created 'Out in the Open,' an album that really does offer something for everyone.

There's a melancholy Americana sound that rings out in the opening track, "Farmers and Pharaohs" (just try not to sink into some deep personal reflection as you listen to a man who longs for another chance at the past); barbershop quartet (sextet?) fans will delight in "Shenandoah Valley," with its almost-but-not-quite-gimmicky whistling and vocal harmonies; and there's a classic country feel to "Love Harder," thanks in part to the banjo, mandolin, and fiddle trio that runs throughout the tune. And, in true bluegrass fashion, each instrument gets its chance to shine throughout the album, too: the banjo quietly (yes, really) works its magic on "Roadside Anthems," and harmonica fans will rejoice in the title track.

In short, 'Out in the Open' is a stellar addition to the Rangers' discography. It's full of emotion, heart, and soul, and for an album of songs that seem to circle around themes of loss, regret, and wishes for second chances, there's an underlying air of hope, a promise that, as you hear in a gorgeous cover of Bob Dylan's "Let Me Die in My Footsteps," "mistakes of a past history" won't be repeated.

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'Out in the Open' will be released January 26, 2018 via Ramseur Records, and is available for pre-order now at iTunes and Amazon.com.

Upcoming tour dates


Posted by Linda Fahey at 3:52 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171130

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 for this episode is no longer available.}

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Darrell Scott - Jesus Was A Capricorn - Live at the Station Inn - Soundly Music

Over the Rhine - If We Make It Through December - Blood Oranges In The Snow - Great Speckled Dog

Mike Barnett (feat. Tim O'Brien) - Mary and the Soldier - Portraits in Fiddles - Compass Records

Mike Barnett (feat. Bobby Hicks) - Fiddle Patch - Portraits in Fiddles - Compass Records

Twisted Pine - Bound To Do It Right (The Jersey City Song) - Twisted Pine - Signature Sounds

Cara Dillon - The Faughan Side - Wanderer - Charcoal Records

John Doyle - North Sea Holes - Evening Comes Early - Shanachie

Boubacar Traoré (w/ Leyla McCalla) - Je chanterai Pour toi - Dounia Tabolo - Lusafrica

Leyla McCalla - Latibonit - Folk Alley in-studio recording - Folk Alley in-studio

Steep Canyon Rangers - Going Midwest - Out in the Open - Ramseur Records

Billy Strings - Pyramid Country - Turmoil & Tinfoil - Apostol Recording

John Hartford - Holding - Aereo-Plain - Rounder

KC Groves - Little Rain - Happy Little Trees - KC Groves

Free the Honey - High Peaks - Fine Bloom - Free the Honey

Hour Two:

Mama's Broke - Count the Wicked - Count the Wicked - Mama's Broke

André Brunet - La Grosse Maison Rouge - Folk Alley Sessions at FestiTrad - Folk Alley Exclusive

Stephen Fearing - Blowhard Nation - Every Soul's a Sailor - Stephen Fearing

Samantha Fish - No Angels - Belle of the West - Ruf Records

Lucinda Williams - Drunken Angel - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Mercury

David Rawlings - Money is the Meat In the Coconut - Poor David's Almanack - Acony Records

Gillian Welch - Revelator - Time (The Revelator) - Acony

Mary Gauthier - Bullet Holes in the Sky - Rifles & Rosary Beads - In the Black Records/Thirty

Slaid Cleaves - Still Fighting the War - Still Fighting the War - Music Road Records

Upstate Rubdown - Ball Rolling - A Remedy - Upstate Rubdown

Richie & Rosie - Brushy Folk of St. John's Creek - Nowhere In Time - Richie & Rosie

Jeffrey Martin - Billy Burroughs - One Go Around - Fluff & Gravy

Tommy Emmanuel - Looking Forward to the Past (feat. Rodney Crowell) - Accomplice One - CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - La Danse de la Joie - The Traveling Kind - Nonesuch 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 3:38 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171123

November 24, 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:

The Early Mays - Little Pink - Chase the Sun - Birds on the Wing Records

Kathy Kallick Band - Kentucky Mandolin - Foxhounds - Live Oaks Records

Sam Bush - Bowling Green - Storyman - Sugar Hill

Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman - Gentle on My Mind - Dear John - Refuge Foundation for the

John Hartford - Don't Leave Your Records in the Sun - Mark Twang - FlyingFish

Samantha Fish - Gone For Good - Belle of the West - Ruf Records

Luther Dickinson - Mean Ol' Wind Died Down - Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook) Volumes I & II - New West Records

Offa Rex - The Gardener - The Queen of Hearts - Nonesuch

The Chieftains (feat. Decemberists) - When The Ship Comes In - Voices of Ages - Hear Music

Tommy Emmanuel (feat. Amanda Shires) - Borderline - Accomplice One - CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers

Chet Atkins & Tommy Emanuel - Road to Gundaghi/Waltzing Matilda - The Day Finger Pickers took Over the World - Columbia

Pat Donohue - Stealin' from Chet - Backroads - Bluesky

Langhorne Slim - Private Property - Lost at Last Vol. 1 - Dualtone Music Group

Laura Marling - How Can I - Short Movie - Ribbon Music

Hour Two:

Mike Barnett - Fox Chase - Portraits in Fiddles - Compass Records

Chris Thile & Michael Daves - Ookpik Waltz - Sleep with One Eye Open - Nonesuch

Mile Twelve - Ace of Hearts - Onwards - Delores the Taurus

Cara Dillon - Sailor Boy - Wanderer - Charcoal Records

Kris Drever - Harvest Gypsies - Black Water - Compass

The Milk Carton Kids - New York - Prologue

Christian Lopez - Caramel - Red Arrow - Blaster Records

Dori Freeman - I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

Richard Thompson - Push and Shove - Acoustic Rarities - Beeswing

Fairport Convention - Farewell, Farewell - Liege & Lief - A&M

Darrell Scott - I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) - Live at the Station Inn - Soundly Music

Darrell Scott - The Open Door - Live at the Station Inn - Soundly Music

Willie Watson - John Henry - Folksinger Vol. 2 - Acony Records

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Bloomin' Rose - Echo In the Valley - Rounder Records/Concord

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 10:00 AM

Best of 2017 Listener Poll

November 22, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Best of 2017 Listener Poll SQ 300x300.pngIt's been an amazing and inspiring year for folk, roots, and Americana music. Everything from debut and breakout releases by new artists, to brilliant masterpieces by some of our favorite songwriters, and everything in between!

Folk Alley wants to know YOUR favorites of the year.

Now is your chance to vote for your Top 10 favorite folk, roots and Americana albums of 2017.

CLICK HERE to VOTE!

Posted by Linda Fahey at 1:07 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171116

November 20, 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 for this show is no longer available.}}

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Gary Nicholson, Darrell Scott, Tim O'Brien (compilation) - Texas Cookin' - This One's for Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark - Icehouse Music

Lyle Lovett - Church - Joshua Judges Ruth - MCA

Still on the Hill - Seven Pies - OZARK: a Celebration in Song - Termite

Joe Craven - Hot Turkey - Camptown - Blender

Cheryl Wheeler - Potato - Sylvia Hotel - Philo

Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds (in-studio) - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

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

Alan Doyle - Come Out With Me - A Week at the Warehouse - Universal Music Canada

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

Eddie Berman - Tarmac Blues - Before The Bridge - Nettwerk Music Group

Stephen Bennett - Libby's Tune - Everything Under The Sun - Cimirron

Anna Tivel - All Along - Small Believer - Fluff & Gravy records

Hour Two:

Kacey Musgraves - Family - Pageant Material - Mercury Nashville

Darrell Scott - Family Tree - Family Tree - Sugar Hill

Richie & Rosie - Waterbound - Nowhere In Time - Richie & Rosie

The Horse Flies - Jenny on the Railroad - Human Fly - MCA

Natalie Merchant - House Carpenter - The House Carpenter's Daughter - MythAmerica

Langhorne Slim - Bluebird - Lost at Last Vol.1 - Dualtone Music Group

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Bluebird Wine - Old Yellow Moon - Nonesuch

Joan Osborne - Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) - Songs of Bob Dylan - Womanly Hips Records

The Lonely Heartstring Band - Rambling, Gambling Willie - Deep Waters - Rounder Records/Concord

Bob Dylan (Mono) - Subterranean Homesick Blues - Original Mono Recordings (Best Of) - Columbia Legacy

The Early Mays - Say-O - Chase the Sun - Birds on the Wing Records

The Early Mays - Mannington No. 9 - Chase the Sun - Birds on the Wing Records

Chris Hillman - New Old John Robertson - Bidin' My Time - Rounder Records/Concord

Noam Pikelny - Milford's Reel - Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail - Compass

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Thanksgiving Song - Come Darkness, Come Light - Zoe

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 4:29 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171109

November 11, 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 for this show is no longer available.}}

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Neil Young - Old Man - Harvest - Reprise

Mile Twelve - Old Tom - Onwards - Delores the Taurus

Flatt Lonesome - I'm Not Afraid To Be Alone - Silence In These Walls - Mountain Home

Ana Egge - We Are One - [single] - Story Sound

Mandolin Orange - Lonesome Whistle - Blindfaller - Yep Roc Records

Richard Thompson - Genesis Hall - Acoustic Classics II - Beeswing

Richard Thompson - Alexander Graham Bell - Acoustic Rarities - Beeswing

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - On This Winding Road - Echo In The Valley - Rounder Records/Concord

Ganey Arsement - John Dale's Zydeco - Le Forgeron - Salty Bayou Music

Dori Freeman - Over There - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

Elephant Revival - Grace Of A Woman - These Changing Skies - Itz Evolving Records

The Infamous Stringdusters - Jessica - Undercover, Vol. 2 (EP) - Lumenhouse Recordings

Eileen Jewell - You'll Be Mine - Down Hearted Blues - Signature Sounds

Gram Parsons (feat. Emmylou Harris) - Return of the Grievous Angel - Grievous Angel - Reprise

The Wailin' Jennys - Boulder To Birmingham - Fifteen - Red House Records

Hour Two:

Eddie Berman - Easy Rider - Before the Bridge - Nettwerk Music Group

The Steel Wheels - Milo - Leave Some Things Behind - Big Ring Records

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys - Old Song - Ionia - Lindsay Lou Music

May Erlewine - Hurricane - Mother Lion - Earthwork Music

Josh Ritter - Train Go By - Gathering - Pytheas Recordings

Langhorne Slim - Life Is Confusing - Lost at Last Vol. 1 - Dualtone Music Group

Hurray For The Riff Raff - I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright) - Small Town Heroes - ATO Records

Jason Isbell - Relatively Easy - Southeastern - Southeastern

Jeffrey Martin - What We're Marching Toward - One Go Around - Fluff & Gravy

Mavis Staples - Fight - Your Good Fortune (EP) - ANTI

Chastity Brown - Whisper - Silhouette of Sirens - Red House Records

The East Pointers - Pour Over - What We Leave Behind - The East Pointers

Cathie Ryan - Sheaine Bhain - Cathie Ryan - Shanachie

The Deep Dark Woods - Roll Julia - Yarrow - Six Shooters Records

Bruce Cockburn - Forty Years In The Wilderness - Bone On Bone - True North

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 10:51 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171102

November 3, 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 for this show is no longer available.}}

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Tom Paxton - Bottle of Wine - The Best of Tom Paxton - Elektra

Tom Paxton - The Last Thing On My Mind - The Best of Tom Paxton - Elektra

May Erlewine - Never One Thing - Mother Lion - Earthwork Music

Joshua Davis - Nowhere Without You - The Way Back Home - Earthwork Music/Soundly

Stella! - I Suppose - Sorry, Stella - Earthwork Music

Kris Delmhorst - All the Way Around - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Kris Delmhorst - Color of the Sky - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Kris Delmhorst - Tracks In the Snow - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Kris Delmhorst - Temporary Existence - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Langhorne Slim - Old Things - Lost at Last Vol.1 - Dualtone Music Group

The East Pointers - John Wallace - What We Leave Behind - The East Pointers

Jeffrey Martin - Poor Man - One Go Around - Fluff & Gravy

Anna Tivel - Alleyway - Small Believer - Fluff & Gravy Records

Hour Two:

Bela Fleck & Abigal Washburn - Over the Divide - Echo In the Valley - Rounder Records/Concord

Bryan Sutton - Cumberland Reel - Into My Own - Sugar Hill

Dori Freeman - Cold Waves - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

The Wailin' Jennys - Loves Me Like A Rock - Fifteen - Red House Records

Paul Simon - Kodachrome - There Goes Rhymin' Simon - Warner Bros.

Mile Twelve - Sunny Side of Town - Onwards - Delores the Tuarus

Kristin Andreassen - Sunny Above the Clouds - Gondolier - Yellowcar Music

Bruce Cockburn - States I'm In - Bone On Bone - True North

David Francey - High Wall - Late Edition - Laker

Go Jane Go - Somewhere Beyond the Roses - Go Jane Go - Dead Reckoning

Eilen Jewell - Nothing In Rambling - Down Hearted Blues - Signature Sounds

Memphis Minnie - Me and My Chauffeur Blues - I Ain't No Bad Girl - Portrait

The Deep Dark Woods - Fallen Leaves - Yarrow - Six Shooter Records

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

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - Swing & Turn (Jubilee) - California Calling - 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 6:48 PM

Video Premiere: Ana Egge, "We Are One"

Ana Egge We Are One cover.jpgIn September of 2017, Ana Egge met up with songwriter Gary Nicholson in Nashville, TN and wrote "We Are One." They felt the need to examine those occasions whether it be eclipse or calamity, when, in wonder or distress, we come together. Especially now, at a time when our country is so divided. These are moments to be cherished, as the song states, when "you look into a stranger's eyes, and see yourself looking back" and recognize "all our differences are nothing in the face of love."


"We Are One" is available for download HERE.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 1:50 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171026

October 27, 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 for this episode is no longer available.}}

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Rayna Gellert - The Cruel Mother - Old Light: Songs from My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds - StorySound Records

Rayna Gellert - The Fatal Flower Garden - Old Light: Songs from My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds - StorySound Records

Bob Weir - Ghost Towns - Blue Mountain - Columbia/Legacy

Matt The Electrician - Ghost Story - Accidental Theif - Self

Riders in the Sky - Ghost Train - Ridin' the Tweetsie Railroad - MusicWagon

Rosanne Cash - Long Black Veil - The List - Manhattan Records

Johnny Cash - Ain't No Grave - American VI: Ain't No Grave - Columbia

Lenore - Ether's Arm - Lenore - Lenore

Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker - You Want It Darker - Sony/Columbia

Syd Barrett - Golden Hair - The Madcap Laughs - Capital

Paul Simon - The Werewolf - Stranger to Stranger - Concord Records

John Jorgenson Quintet - Ghost Dance - Ultraspontane - Self

Pat Donohue - You Haunt Me - Nobody's Fault - Bluesky Records

Shirley Collins - Cruel Lincoln - Lodestar - Domino

Hour Two:

The Jellyman's Daughter - Darling Corey - The Jellyman's Daughter - The Jellyman's Daughter

Ralph Stanley - O Death - O Brother Where Art Thou - Mercury

Tom Waits - Dead And Lovely - Real Gone - Anti

Tim O'Brien - He Had a Long Chain On - And the O'Boys - Sugar Hill

Bronwynne Brent - Devil Again - Stardust - Bronwynne Brent

Donovan - Season of the Witch - Donovan's Greatest Hits - Epic

The Incredible String Band - Witches Hat - The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter - Hannibal

Kasey Chambers - The Devil's Wheel - Dragonfly - Essence Group

Bob Brozman - Devil's Slide - Devil's Slide - Rounder

Solas - The Unquiet Grave - Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers - Shanachie

Sarah Jarosz - Shankill Butchers - Song Up In Her Head - Sugar Hill

Ben Caplan - Deliver Me - Birds With Broken Wings - Coalition Music

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Vampire Girl - Buddy and Jim - New West Records

Buffy Sainte-Marie - The Vampire - Illuminations - Vangard

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - If We Were Vampires - The Nashville Sound - Southeastern 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 1:24 PM

Album Review: Jeffrey Martin, 'One Go Around'

October 24, 2017

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Jeffrey Martin One Go Around 400.jpgIf you're looking for elegant sorrow, for compelling and gracious misery, for poetic sadness, then Jeffrey Martin is the musician you need.

Formerly a high school creative writing teacher, Martin puts his skills as a storyteller to very good use on One Go Around. Not surprisingly, given that history, each of his songs uses deliberate and very careful language. And those carefully constructed sentences and carefully chosen words create characters that are so alive that it's almost jarring when one song/story ends and another begins.

There's the woman he can't forget no matter how hard he tries ("Long Gone Now"), the father who's devastated and angry by what his son has experienced ("What We're Marching Toward"), and the mother unable to change, no matter how hard she tries ("October Dark"). My favorite is the heart-rending opening track, an ode to a parent's devotion to a child, "Poor Man."

With recurring images of smoking, drinking, lost dreams, and repeated failures, these songs are not uplifting. They are not cheerful. They are dark and sad and real. And that - that realness - that's what'll make you want to listen to the next story. And the next. And the next.

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'One Go Around' is out now on Fluff & Gravy Records and available at iTunes and Amazon.com

Upcoming Tour Dates

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 4:58 PM

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.

{{Audio for this episode is no longer available.}}

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.

{{Audio for this episode is no longer available.}}

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.

{{Audio for this episode is no longer available.}}

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

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