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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.

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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.

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One

Kenny White - Charleston - Long List of Priors - Kenny White

Mark Erelli - By Degrees - (Single)

Cheryl Wheeler (in-studio) - If It Were Up To Me - Folk Alley Sessions - WKSU/Folk Alley Exclusive

Moira Smiley - Refugee - Unzip The Horizon - Moira Smiley

Guy Clark - Homeless - The Dark - Sugar Hill

Flatt Lonesome - You're the Reason - Silence In These Walls - Mountain Home

Leon Redbone - All I Do Is Dream Of You - Any Time - Rounder

Dori Freeman - Just Say It Now - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - Pace Myself - California Calling - Compass Records

Rob Lutes - Walk In The Dark - Walk In The Dark - Lucky Bear Records

The East Pointers - 82 Fires - What We Leave Behind - The East Pointers

Vishten - Trois Blizzards - Terre Rouge - Plages Distribution

Catherine Maclellan - Don't Call Me Stranger - The Raven's Sun

Justin Townes Earle - Kids In the Streets - Kids in the Streets - New West Records

Chris Hillman - Wildflowers - Bidin' My Time - Rounder Records/Concord

Hour Two

Mile Twelve - Onwards - Onwards - Delores the Taurus

Pharis & Jason Romero - Backstep Indi - A Wanderer I'll Stay - Lula Records

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

Lonesome River Band - As Lonesome As I Am - Mayhayley's House - Mountain Home Music

Valerie June - Long Lonely Road - The Order Of Time - Concord Records

Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Blackness of the Night - The Laughing Apple - Decca/Cat-O-Log

Yusuf / Cat Stevens - See What Love Did To Me - The Laughing Apple - Decca/Cat-O-Log

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - Santa Fe - The Long Awaited Album - Rounder Records

Mollie O'Brien - Love Like Blood - Big Red Sun - Sugar Hill

Tim O'Brien - High Flying Birds - Where The River Meets The Road - Howdy Skies Records

The Deep dark Woods - Up On the Mountaintop - Yarrow - Six Shooter Records

Harry Manx & Kevin Breit - Don't Swim, Float - In Good We Trust - StonyPlain

Hiss Golden Messenger - John the Gun - Hallelujah Anyhow - Merge Records

Anna Tivel - Saturday Night - Small Believer - Fluff & Gravy Records

Darden Smith - Love Will Win the War - Everything - Compass Records


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:36 AM

Video Premiere: Moira Smiley, "Refugee"

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Refugee Moira Smiley 500 sq.jpgIn 2017, it feels like the world is filled with differences. Political differences, racial differences, economic differences. It seems as though there's no common ground anymore. And in this kind of an environment, it's easy to think that you are different from anyone else, that your concerns, your problems, are the ones that matter more than anyone else's.

They don't.

"Imagine if your unbreakable world was broken, no more rules to protect you." What then? How would you survive, how would you live, to whom would you turn for guidance, for help, for support if your world came crashing down?

These were the questions
Los Angeles musician Moira Smiley started asking herself after spending time volunteering at refugee camps in Greece and in France. She came face to face with people who'd lost everything, people who were forced to start over with nothing, people who had no choice in what happened to them and who had no control over their own lives. It's not at all surprising that Smiley's life view shifted dramatically after these experiences. That view is the one she shares in her new song, "Refugee."

"My song, 'Refugee,' is about feeling bereft and misunderstood," she said during a recent interview. "We are all much closer to being refugees than we want to imagine. Realizing this may remind us of our humanity - especially those of us who have relatively plenty. Lately, 'Refugee' is the only song I feel like singing."

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All proceeds from the sale of this single will go to the the UN Refugee Agency, a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Available here.

Upcoming tour dates with Jayme Stone's Folklife.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 6:23 AM

Song Premiere: Dori Freeman, "Just Say It Now"

October 9, 2017

by Elena See, Folk Alley

dori  freeman 600 promo photo 4 July 17 photo by Kristen Horton.jpg It can be a real challenge to keep your heart and your mind open to the possibility of love. After all, if you've been hurt and disappointed in matters of the heart - and who hasn't? - why in the world would you ever believe things would change? It can be especially challenging to maintain a sense of positive open-mindedness when love lets you down over and over...and over again.

Virginia singer Dori Freeman says it best: "I wish that lovin' didn't have to be so hard." It was 2016 and she'd just had her heart broken - again. "I was just sort of reflecting back on the common themes of the letdowns in my past relationships," she says. It was out of those ruminations that "Just Say It Now" was born.

The song, which you'll find on Freeman's new album (another Teddy Thompson produced affair) Letters Never Read, and which features Aoife O'Donovan on backing vocals, is an exasperated demand for a once-and-for-all-answer - tell me how you feel, don't lie about it, and let's either move forward or stop altogether.

It doesn't seem like an unreasonable demand at all; and yet, the ghosts of Freeman's past relationships don't want to respond. "Just say it now before the silence makes me cry," she sings. "From the beginning I knew you would say goodbye. And now I'm back to doing what I was before - wondering what men are ever looking for."

Fortunately for Dori Freeman, her romantic luck has since changed: she and musician Nick Falk (who plays drums and banjo on the new album) got married last year.

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'Letters Never Read' comes out on October 20th and is available for pre-order at iTunes and Amazon.com.

Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 8:20 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #171005

October 6, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One

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

Sierra Hull - Bombshell - Daybreak - Rounder

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

Iron & Wine - Call It Dreaming - Beast Epic - Sub Pop Records

Greg Brown - Dream Café - Dream Café - Red House

Lenore - Breathe - Lenore - Lenore

The Waybacks - The Witch of the Westmereland - Devolver - Fiddling C

Billy Strings - On the Line - Turmoil & Tinfoil - Apostol Recording

The Infamous Stringdusters (feat. Aoife O'Donovan) - Run to Heaven - Ladies & Gentlemen - Compass Records

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

Anna Tivel - Last Cigarette - Small Believer - Fluff & Gravy Records

Hiss Golden Messenger - Jenny of the Roses - Hallelujah Anyhow - Merge Records

Natalie MacMaster - Minnie & Alex's Reel - Blueprint - Rounder

Romantica - Let the Light Go Through You - Shadowlands - Last Chance Records

Hour Two

Neil Young - Harvest Moon - Harvest Moon - Reprise

John Sherman - The Frost on the Pumpkin - So Inclined: Celtic Guitar - Walhalla P

James Taylor - October Road - October Road - Columbia

Bruce Cockburn - Stab At Matter - Bone On Bone - True North

Amelia Curran - Blackbird On Fire - Spectators - Mediterraneo

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

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - If I Could Talk To A Younger Me - Echo In the Valley - Rounder Records/Concord

Willie Watson - Walking Boss - Folksinger Vol.2 - Acony Records

Tim O'Brien - Hold On - Cornbread Nation - Howdyskies

Kris Delmhorst - I Don't Need to Know It All - The Wild - Blueblade Records

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

Dave Alvin - King Of California - King On California - Hightone

David Ramirez - Twins - We're Not Going Anywhere - Sweetworld/Thirty Tigers

The Wailin' Jennys - Light of a Clear Blue Morning - Fifteen - Red House Records


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 4:45 PM

Song Premiere: The Wailin' Jennys, "Light of a Clear Blue Morning"

October 3, 2017

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

The-Wailin-Jennys-Fifteen-credit-Morten-Fog_0 500.jpgHarmony, by definition, is the synergistic coming together of disparate parts to create a whole that is, very often, greater than the sum of its parts. It's an elemental force that transcends both form and function, appearing abundantly across the natural world as clear evidence of how things are supposed to be. Humans, though, too often take an "every man for himself" tack and, thereby, find ourselves struggling and straining to make progress.

In music, voices singing in harmony create one of the most primal, heart-melting sounds we will ever encounter. And few groups do that better than The Wailin' Jennys. Across the span of 15 years, The Jennys (Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Heather Masse since 2007) have joined their voices on five beautiful albums, with the sixth -- Fifteen -- set for release in late October. On the new collection, they apply their magical touch to songs by Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, Jane Siberry, Paul Simon, and others.

Here, they turn Dolly Parton's "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" into a reminder for resilience in each moment and a harbinger of hope shimmering out there on the horizon with each new day. And they do so in such perfect a cappella harmony that it's hard not to trust in what's possible when people come together with the best of intentions.

'Fifteeen' will be released on October 27, 2017 via Red House Records and is available for pre-order now at iTunes and Amazon.com.

Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:00 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170928

September 29, 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:

Phil Ochs - Outside A Small Circle of Friends - Pleasures of Harbor - A & M

Sam Amidon - My Old Friend - Bright Sunny South - Nonesuch

Molly Tuttle - Friend and a Friend - Rise (EP) - Molly Tuttle Music

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

Mudcrutch - I Forgive It All - 2 - Reprise Records

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

Susan Werner - Stray Dogs - An American in Havana - Susan Werner

Buena Vista Social Club (Ibrahim Ferrer) - De Camino a La Vereda - Buena Vista Social Club - Nonesuch

Ben Sollee - Pieces of You - Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native - Soundly Music

Elephant Revival - The Pasture - These Changing Skies - Itz Evolving Records

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Hit 'Em Up Style - Genuine Negro Jig - Nonesuch

David Rawlings - Good God A Woman - Poor David's Almanack - Acony Records

Old Crow Medicine Show - I Want You (live) - 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde - Columbia

Hour Two:

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - Stockholm - California Calling - Compass Records

Rob Lutes - Spence - Walk in the Dark - Lucky Bear Records

North Mississippi Allstars (compilation) - Freight Train To Nowhere - Treasure of the Broken Land: the Songs of Mark Heard - Storm Weathered Records

David Ramirez - People Call Who They Want To Talk To - We're Not Going Anywhere - Sweetworld/Thirty Tigers

Doc Watson & David Holt - Telephone Girl - Legacy - Highwindy

Hiss Golden Messenger - Harder Rain - Hallelujah Anyhow - Merge Records

Tift Merritt - Traveling Alone - Traveling Companion - Yep Roc Records

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

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop - Midas Tongue - Love Letter for Fire - Sub Pop

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - On the Water - The Long Awaited Album - Rounder Records

Karan Casey - Mother Earth's Revenge - Chasing The Sun - Shanachie

Kris Delmhorst - Rules to Games - The Wild - Blueblade Records

Lenore - Dig - Lenore - Lenore

Blind Pilot - Like Lions - And Then Like Lions - ATO


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 3:12 PM

Album Review: Lenore., 'Lenore.'

September 27, 2017

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Lenore.jpgWhat's the sound of a second chance?

Lenore.

The brainchild of Rebecca Marie Miller and Joy Pearson
, Lenore. is a band that believes in second chances. Miller and Pearson were on the cusp of giving up their respective musical dreams when they met by chance at a Pokey LaFarge show in Portland, Oregon. It only took a few short hours for the pair to realize it was musical kismet that brought them together. Eventually, they joined forces with Edward Cameron (guitar) and Jessie Dettwiler (cello), and a new, harmony-driven, "witch-folk" quartet was born.

The opening track on Lenore.'s self-titled debut album, "Ether's Arms," sets the tone for the whole thing. Running away, finding solace somewhere else (sometimes with someONE else), and trying to fight your own demons so you can start living your life ("Heavy Eyes") - these are things that Lenore. clearly understands.

In addition, the duo shares a plea for help and guidance in "Heart So Heavy," and shows a quiet strength and determination in "The Sun," underscored with a beautiful acoustic guitar line.

The technical precision of that guitar, the lush cello that Dettwiler provides, and the melancholy, message-heavy songwriting provide the basis for the band's real strength: Miller and Pearson's unusual and evocative harmonies, created by two voices that are a delicious blend of difference that somehow fits together.

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'Lenore.' is available now at iTunes and Lenore.'s website.


Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:48 PM

NPR Music Tiny Desk - Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers

September 25, 2017

by Robin Hilton, NPR

It's hard to think of an artist who's brought more joy to more people, across more generations -- and in more ways -- than Steve Martin. In the 1970s, he won the hearts of young children for his playful appearances with The Muppets while simultaneously charming legions of older fans with his subversive standup routines. Later, as an actor, he wrote and starred in some of the most memorable comedies (and a few dramas) of all time, while writing books, plays and even a Broadway musical.

Throughout his 50-year career, one constant in Steve Martin's life has been the banjo. It was a staple of his early standup shows and even fans who only wanted to laugh couldn't help but marvel at his playing. Over the years, he's continued to perform and record with country and bluegrass luminaries like Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and others.

These days Martin is working on music full-time. He's just released a stellar bluegrass album he recorded with The Steep Canyon Rangers called (perfectly) The Long-Awaited Album, a record filled with often hilarious story songs and world-class performances.

Martin's set with The Steep Canyon Rangers at the Tiny Desk was at times thrilling, particularly his opening solo for the song "So Familiar." But it was also playful, comical and a joy to witness. At the end of the typical three-song performance, the group graciously decided to do one more called "Caroline," a hilarious, first-person account of how not to handle a breakup.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 4:54 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170921

September 21, 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:

Amanda Shires - The Way It Dimmed - My Piece of Land - Silver Knife Records

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

John Prine - Just Waitin' - For Better, Or Worse - Oh Boy/Thirty Tigers

Iris Dement - Sing the Delta - Sing the Delta - Flariella Records

Van Morrison - Keep Me Singing - Keep Me Singing - Caroline International

Dori Freeman - If I Could Make You My Own - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones - Only Fooling - Little Windows - Cooking Vinyl

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

Girlyman - Caroline - Supernova - Fine Feathered Music

Old Crow Medicine Show - Caroline - Tennessee Pusher - Nettwerk (2008)

Josh Ritter - Showboat - Gathering - Pytheas Recordings

Ani DiFranco - Heartbreak Even - Revelling-Reckoning - Righteous Babe

Kris Delmhorst - Foolish Blood - The Wild - Blueblade Records

Jenny Scheinman - Bent Nail - The Littlest Prisoner - Sony Masterworks

Willie Watson - Gallows Pole - Folksinger Vol. 2 - Acony Records

Hour Two:

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

Peter Lang - Going Down the China Road - The Thing at Nursery Room Window - Takoma

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton - Make it Up To Me - Wildflower Blues - Cinquefoil Records

Susan Werner - 1955 Chevy Bel Air - An American in Havana - Susan Werner

The Carper Family - My Old Chevy Van - Old-Fashioned Gal - The Carper Family

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams - Slidin' Delta - Contraband Love - Red House Records

Shawn Colvin - Hold On - Uncovered - Fantasy/Concord Music

Rob Lutes - Walk in the Dark - Walk in the Dark - Lucky Bear Records

Lenore - The Sun - Lenore - Lenore

Chris Hillman - Here She Comes Again - Bidin' My Time - Rounder Records/Concord

Roger McGuinn - Mr. Spaceman - Live From Mars - Hollywood

The Byrds - Ballard of Easy Rider (live) - There Is a Season - Columbia/Legacy

Yola Carter - Fly Away - Orphan Offering (EP) - Yola Carter/ Ear Trumpet

Paula Cole - Farewell, My Friends - Ballards - 675 Records


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 6:46 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170914

September 15, 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:

The Lonely Heartstring band - Graceland - Deep Waters - Rounder Records

Jerry Douglas - Time Gone By - Under The Wire - Sugar Hill

Yola Carter - Home - Orphan Offering (EP) - Yola Carter/ Ear Trumpet

Mandolin Orange - Little Words - Such Jubilee - Yep Roc Records

Rachel Baiman - Take A Stand - Shame - Free Dirt

The Stray Birds - Loretta - Echo Sessions (EP) - The Stray Birds

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton - You Are Not Needed Now - Wildflower Blues - Cinquefoil Records

Townes Van Zandt - White Freight Liner Blues - Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972 - Omnivore Records

Chris Hillman - Bells of Rhymney - Bidin' My Time - Rounder Records

Chris Hillman - Given All I Can See - Bidin' My Time - Rounder Records

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams - Contraband Love - Contraband Love - Red House Records

John, Jonathan, Nathan McEuen - Dinner! - The McEuen Sessions: For All The Good - Mesa/Bluemoon

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Love Will Find A Way - Acoustic - Capitol

Sean Rowe - Madman - Madman

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

Hour Two:

Willie Watson - Dry Bones - Folksinger Vol. 2 - Acony Records

O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor - Emily's Reel (live) - Live - OMAC Records

Dave Alvin - Delia - Public Domain - Hightone

Kris Delmhorst - All the Way Around - The Wild - Blueblade Records

Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst - Left This Town (in-studio) - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog - Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings - Universal Music Group

Paul Geremia - Stray Dog Shuffle - Love My Stuff - Red House Records, Inc.

Charlie Parr - Dog - Dog - Red House Records

Josh Ritter - Feels Like Lightning - Gathering - Pytheas Recordings

Josh Ritter - When Will I Be Changed (feat. Bob Weir) - Gathering - Pytheas Recordings

Radney Foster - For You To See the Stars - For You To See the Stars - Devil's River Records

Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs - Georgia Stars - case/lang/veirs - Anti/Epithaph

John Fullbright - Happy - Songs - Blue Dirt Records

Chris Thile - Faith River - Leading Off - Sugar Hill

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer - I'm Looking For Blue Eyes - Not Dark Yet - Silver Cross Records


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 3:00 PM

Hear It First: Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, 'Contraband Love'

September 11, 2017

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Campbell Williams Contraband Love.jpgWhether you're in desperate need for a bluesy break-up album that'll finally kick out those tears you've been trying to shed, or you're ready for a collection of tunes that'll get you revved up for a weekend at your local dive bar, Contraband Love, the latest effort from the Americana power couple that is Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, is just the thing.

There's anger and revenge ("It Ain't Gonna Be a Good Night"), sadness and confusion over why a lover has gone away ("My Sweetie Went Away"), and a deep understanding - and the peace that comes with it - that you can't control or fix anyone other than yourself ("Contraband Love").

The duo's trademark vocal harmonies are in fine form on Contraband Love: rather than a careful melding of two very different voices, theirs is a crash of sound that, more often than not, works to effectively convey some hard-learned life lessons.

As Williams powerfully belts out thoughtful words of love and loss ("The Other Side of Pain," for example), Campbell's grit-filled waver searches (and usually finds) the harmonic counterpoint. The result of this less-than-slick production is undeniably human; it's the sound of two voices who've been around the block a few times and who are very, very comfortable with their capabilities.

And, speaking of musical capabilities, the husband-wife duo worked for years as supporting musicians for Levon Helm. He shows up on the album, too - check out a cover of the Carl Perkins' tune "Turn Around" for the drum sounds captured at one of Helm's last recording sessions.

Campbell and Williams are at their most effective when they're just letting the music happen. The laidback and mellow groove of "The Wishing Well" and "Slidin Delta" makes you want to keep listening - they're storytellers, really, more than anything else. And good ones, at that.

At other times, however, their voices seem almost forced in their intensity ("Three Days in a Row"). Though - maybe that's the point. The themes of addiction, loss, anxiety and resolution ARE certainly intense, after all. And those themes are themes the duo explores in Contraband Love, although, as Campbell said in a recent interview, it wasn't a conscious decision to write songs around these themes...it just kind of happened.

What didn't just happen is the duo's shared love of music south of the Mason-Dixon line. And you hear that love - and respect - for the music shining through on each track of Contraband Love.

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'Contraband Love' is out on September 15 via Red House Records and is available for pre-order at iTunes, Amazon.com, and Red House Records.

Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 11:48 AM

Hear It First: Willie Watson, 'Folksinger Vol. 2'

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

Willie Watson Folksinger Vol 2 Folk Alley.jpgIt's been six years since Willie Watson left Old Crow Medicine Show, the massively popular string band he helped form. And it's been three years since he release Folksinger Vol. 1. But he's back now with Folksinger Vol. 2. Produced by David Rawlings, the set of traditional folk tunes is as sparse and special as the other releases that come through Acony Records, beautifully fulfilling its torch-passing purpose.

Watson culled a batch of songs once sung by the likes of Lead Belly, the Grateful Dead, Furry Lewis, and others. The album's opener -- and first single -- Reverend Gary Davis's "Samson and Delilah" features the Fairfield Four, but it's the second track, "Gallows Pole," that delivers a true gut punch. A woodwind ensemble paints the cut's captivating backdrop as Watson's vibrato lilts and lulls its way through the heartrending tale. On the very next song, "When My Baby Left Me," he bends toward the blues and leans into the creaks and squeaks of his acoustic slide guitar. Then, out comes a banjo for "Dry Bones" to round out the full folk repertoire.

Across the album, Watson puts his spin on railroad tunes, minstrel songs, English traditionals, and work songs, bringing each one forward to a new generation with the help of Gillian Welch, Morgan Jahnig, and Paul Kowert. In addition to being a time capsule for fans in the here and now, Folksinger Vol. 2 may well be an entry point to the past for some young, aspiring folkie.

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'Folksinger Vol 2. is out on September 15 via Acony Records and is available for pre-order at iTunes and Amazon.com.

Upcoming tour dates

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 11:08 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170907

September 8, 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:

Hayes Carll - Sake of the Song - Lovers and Leavers - Hwy 87 Records

Hayes Carll - Chances Are (in-studio) - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Charlie Parr - I Ain't Dead Yet - Dog - Red House Records

Dock Boggs (compilation) - Bright Sunny South - Classic Banjo - Smithsonian Folkways

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

Twisted Pines - Easton - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Twisted Pines - 21 and Rising - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Randy Newman - Sonny Boy - Dark Matter - Nonesuch Records

Muddy Waters - Good Morning Little School Girl - Folk Singer - MCA/Chess

Emily Saliers - Poethearted - Murmuration Nation - MRI

Indigo Girls - World Falls - Nomads, Indians, Saints - Epic

Hour Two:

David Rawlings - Midnight Train - Poor David's Almanack - Acony Records

Ben Sollee - The Hold Out/ Speed Breaker - Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native - Soundly Music

John Prine - Illegal Smile - Great Days: The John Prine Anthology - Rhino Records

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

Birds of Chicago - Barley - Real Midnight - Five Head Entertainment

Willie Watson - On the Road Again - Folksinger Vol. 2 - Acony Records

Natalie Merchant (Fairfield Four) - The Peppery Man - Leave Your Sleep - Nonesuch

Slaid Cleaves - So Good To Me - Ghost On the Car Radio - Candy House Media

Ray Wylie Hubbard - God Looked Around - Tell the Devil I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can - Bordello Records/Thirty

Jimmy LaFave - Never Came Back To Memphis - The Night Tribe - Music Road Records

Little Mae - Wash Me Clean - Forever and Then Some - Third Man Records

The Lonely Heartstring Band - Big Bruce - Deep Waters - Rounder Records/Concord

Jayme Stone - Susan Anna Gal - Jayme Stone's Lomax Project - Borealis

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams - The Other Side of Pain - Contraband love - Red House Records

Amy Helm - Spend Our Last Dime - Didn't It Rain - Entertainment One Music


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 7:03 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170831

September 2, 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 no longer available for this episode.}}

PLAYLIST

(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour One:

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands (feat. Alice Gerrard) - Working Girl Blues - The Hazel and Alice Sessions - Spruce and Maple Music

Valerie June - Workin' Woman Blues - Pushin' Against a Stone - Sunday Best Recordings

The Devil Makes Three - Working Man's Blues - Do Wrong Right - Milan Records

The Band - King Harvest (Has Surely Come) - The Band - Capitol

Bonfield & Ebel - Ella's Labor Day Blues - Kadotume - ILM

Hard Working Americans - Mr. President Have Pity On the Working Man - Hard Working Americans - Melvin Records/Thirty

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks - Little Lola (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions Exclusive - Folk Alley Exclusive

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks - Ride That Train (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions Exclusive - Folk Alley Exclusive

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks - It's So Easy To Tell (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions Exclusive - Folk Alley Exclusive

Richard Shindell - Atlas Choking - Careless - Amalgamated Balladry

Richard Shindell - The Deer On The Parkway - Careless - Amalgamated Balladry

Courtney Marie Andrews - How Quickly Your Heart Melts - Honest Life - Mama Bird Recording Co.

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Kerr's Negro Jig - Leaving Eden - Nonesuch records

Anna & Elizabeth - Sun To Sun - Sun To Sun - Free Dirt Records

Hour Two:

Frazey Ford - September Fields - Indian Ocean - Nettwerk Records

Pharis & Jason Romero - Old September - A Wanderer I'll Stay - Lula Records

Rosanne Cash & Johnny Cash - September When It Comes - Rules of Travel - Capitol

John McEuen (feat. David Bromberg) - Excitable Boy - Made in Brooklyn - Chesky Records

Christine Albert - Keep Me In Your Heart - Everything's Beautiful Now - Moon House Records

John Paul White - Black Leaf - Beulah - Single Lock

John Paul White - The Martyr - Beulah - Single Lock

The Earls of Leicester - The Girl I Love Don't Pay Me No Mind - Rattle & Roar - Rounder

Guy Clark (Shawn Camp) (live) - Sis Draper - Songs and Stories - Dualtone

Shawn Camp & Billy Burnette - That's All Right Mama - Bluegrass Elvises Vol. 1 - Amer. Roots

We Banjo 3 - Trying To Love - String Theory - We Banjo 3

Lisa Hannigan - Undertow - At Swim - ATO

Blackie & The Rodeo Kings - Summertime's Over - South - File Under: Music

Alison Brown - The Sound of Summer Running - Stolen Moments - Compass

Bill Morrissey - Summer Night - Standing Eight - Rounder


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 3:19 PM

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

August 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

Find out more about No Depression and how to become a subscriber HERE.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:46 AM

Hear It First: Charlie Parr, 'Dog'

August 30, 2017

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

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

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

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

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

Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:24 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170824

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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

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



PLAYLIST

(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour One:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jason Wilber - Something Somewhere - Reaction Time - WilberTone

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

The Civil Wars - 20 Years - Barton Hollow - Sensibility

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

Jason Isbell - Traveling Alone - Southeastern - Southeastern

Hour Two:

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

Sarah Jarosz - Peace - Follow Me Down - Sugar Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

Randy Newman - Putin - Dark Matter - Nonesuch Records

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

EmiSunshine - Ragged Dreams - Ragged Dreams - Little Blackbird Records

Doc Watson - Nashville Pickin' - Foundation - Sugar Hill

The Carter Family - Keep On the Sunny Side - The Carter Family 1927-1934 (box set) - JSP Records


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 2:33 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170817

August 18, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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

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

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



PLAYLIST

(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour One:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hour Two:

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

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

Mississippi John Hurt - Candy Man - Today - Vanguard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rhiannon Giddens - Up Above My Head - Tomorrow is My Turn - Nonesuch Records


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 2:33 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170810

August 12, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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

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

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

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

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



PLAYLIST

(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour One:

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

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

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

Joni Mitchell - Coyote - Hejira - Asylum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indigo Girls - Land of Canaan - Indigo Girls - Epic

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

(Hour Two)

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

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car - Tracy Chapman - Elektra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee - Pearl - Columbia

Joni Mitchell - All I Want - Blue - Reprise

Joni Mitchell - A Case of You - Blue - Reprise


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:04 PM

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

August 7, 2017

by Stephen Thompson, NPR Music

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

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

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

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

Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 1:44 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170803

August 6, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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

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

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



PLAYLIST

(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour One:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tony Furtado - Willow John - Full Circle - Rounder

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

Parsonsfield - Stronger - Blooming Through the Black - Signature Sounds

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

Hour Two:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mandolin Orange - Wildfire - Blindfaller - Yep Roc Records

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

Richard Shindell - Stray Cow Blues - Careless - Amalgamated Balladry

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


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:58 AM

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

August 2, 2017

by Linda Fahey

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 1:57 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170727

July 29, 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.**

This week, a nod to the late, great Jerry Garcia who would've turned 75 on Aug. 1 with music by the Grateful Dead, Old & In the Way, and New Riders of the Purple Sage; new music from the 5-piece progressive bluegrass band, Old Salt Union, from their new self-titled album; an exclusive in-studio session from singer-songwriter, Amila K Spicer; more new music from Sera Cahoone, Steve Earle & The Dukes, and Slaid Cleaves; plus favorites from Rosanne Cash, Bob Dylan and more.

In hour two, the latest from Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae, I'm With Her (Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins, and Sarah Jarosz); Jason Wilber, Twisted Pine, Applewood Road, and Sarah Jane Scouten; we'll feature exclusive Folk Alley Sessions recordings from Quebec's 2017 FestiTrad festival with music by André Marchand & Grey Larsen with Cindy Kallet; plus favorites from Mark Erelli, Valerie June, Mavis Staples, and more.



PLAYLIST

(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour One:

Grateful Dead - Ripple - American Beauty - Warner Bros

Old and In the Way - Jerry's Breakdown - Breakdown - Acoustic

New Riders of the Purple Sage - Glendale Train - The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage - Columbia/Legacy

Sera Cahoone - Time To Give - From Where I Started - Lady Muleskinner Records

Bob Dylan - Time Passes Slowly #1 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol 10 - Sony/Columbia

Amilia K Spicer - Train Wreck - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Amilia K Spicer - This Town - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Amilia K Spicer - Shotgun - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Amilia K Spicer - Windchill - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Old Salt Union - Where I Stand - Old Salt Union - Compass Records

Rosanne Cash - The Sunken Lands - The River & The Thread - Blue Note Records

Steve Earle & The Dukes - The Girl On The Mountain - So You Wannabe An Outlaw - Warner Brothers

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

Chris Castle - Perfect World - Last Bird Home - Dirtsandwich Music

Hour Two:

Tom Paxton (feat. John Prine) - Skeeters'll Gitcha - Redemption Road - Pax Records

Twisted Pine - Hogwild - Twisted Pine - Signature Sounds

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

Jason Wilber - Heaven (feat. Iris Dement) - Reaction Time - WilberTone

Iris Dement - The Shores of Jordan - My Life - Warner Bro

André Marchand & Grey Larsen - A Pack of Lies (Les menteries)/Cedulie's Reel (Reel à Cédulie) - Folk Alley Sessions at FestiTrad - Folk Alley Exclusive

André Marchand & Grey Larsen w/ Cindy Kallet - C'est par un beau Samedi d'Été - Folk Alley Sessions at FestiTrad - Folk Alley Exclusive

Sarah Jane Scouten - When the Bloom Falls From the Rose - When the Bloom Falls from the Rose - Light Organ Records

The Deep Dark Woods - Red, Red Rose - Jubilee - Sugar Hill

Cory Chisel & Adiel Denae - Spent It All - Tell Me True - Refuge Foundation for the

Mavis Staples (feat. Valerie June) - High Note - Livin' On A High Note - Anti

Valerie June - Astral Plane - The Order Of Time - Concord Music Group

Mark Erelli - Long Gone - Milltowns - Hillbilly Pilgrim Music

Applewood Road - To the Stars - Applewood Road - Gearbox Records


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:43 PM

Video Premiere: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters, "Birthday Song"

July 27, 2017

by Elena See, Folk Alley

AAP Birthday Song 200.jpgMake peace with it - that's the best piece of advice I (or anyone) can give you. Make peace with the fact that, yeah, every year, there's going to be a new ache or pain, a new wrinkle or line, a new droop. It's part of getting older - it's part of living.

Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters are living large in 2017. With a new name and a new self-titled album, this talented bunch of musical friends aren't afraid to hit the road, to try new things, and to admit that they, like all of us, have moments of insecurity about life, living, and getting older.

And that's what the video for "Birthday Song" is all about. Shot in and around their home base of Asheville, North Carolina (and at Birdfest in Pinewood, South Carolina and in Dandridge, Tennessee, too), you see the band as they live their lives. At home, in the kitchen, on the road, on the stage - this quintet is making music, and celebrating the fact that their lives keep on moving forward.

Yeah, you're getting older.
But the alternative isn't great, is it? So, take heart and be glad to be where and when you are.

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Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters' self-titled album is out now and available at iTunes and Amazon.com

Upcoming UK tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:19 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170720

July 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.**

This week on Folk Alley, we say Happy Birthday to Alison Krauss; spotlight new music by Nashville-based songwriter, Korby Lenker from his new album 'Thousand Springs'; and we feature our exclusive in-studio session with Michigan-based duo, Red Tail Ring; plus favorites from Gillian Welch, Shovels & Rope, and others.

In hour two, new music from Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae's upcoming release, 'Tell Me True'; Boston-based, progressive stringband, Twisted Pine, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo', Lonesome River Band, and Justin Townes Earle; exclusive recordings from Quebec's 2017 FestiTrad fesival featuring the great, André Brunet; plus favorites by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Lori McKenna, and many more.



PLAYLIST

(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour ONE:

Alison Krauss - Poison Love - Windy City - Capitol Records

Lyle Lovett - More Pretty Girls Than One - Step Inside This House - MCA

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Please Read the Letter - Raising Sand - Rounder

Korby Lenker - Nothing Really Matters - Thousand Springs - Soundly Music

Korby Lenker - Book Nerd - Thousand Springs - Soundly Music

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

Red Tail Ring - Love of the City - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Red Tail Ring - Fall Away Blues - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

The Infamous Stringdusters - Gravity - Laws of Gravity - Compass Records

Gillian Welch - Wichita (Revival Outtake) - Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg - Acony Records

Shovels & Rope - The Last Hawk - Little Seeds - New West Records

Steve Earle & The Dukes - Goodbye Michelangelo - So You Wannabe An Outlaw - Warner Brothers

Hour TWO:

Darden Smith - Firefly - Everything - Compass Records

Michael J. Miles (Bradley Williams) - Firefly Sonata - New Century Suite - Self

Lori McKenna - Fireflies - Pieces of Me - Catalyst

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

Jesse Winchester - Do It - The Best of Jesse Winchester - Rhino

André Brunet - À Plein Souffle, La veillée chez Lucien Piché, Le bateau à roue, Garde ton soufflé - Folk Alley Sessions at FestiTrad - Folk Alley Exclusive

André Brunet - La Fille Morte - Folk Alley Sessions at FestiTrad - Folk Alley Exclusive

Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae - Songbird - Tell Me True - Refuge Foundation for the

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind - The Traveling Kind - Nonesuch Records

Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' - That's Who I Am - TajMo - Concord Records

The Show Ponies - Sweetly - How It All Goes Down - Freeman Records

Driftwood - The Sun's Going Down - Driftwood - Driftwood

Lonesome River Band - Ida Red - Mayhayley's House - Mountain Home Music

Justin Townes Earle - Fade Valentine - Kids in the Street - New West Records


Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 11:09 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170713

July 15, 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, on-demand, right here.

**Audio for this episode is no longer available.**

This week in hour one, we salute the Father of Folk Music, Woody Guthrie on his 105 Birthday; and feature new music from Offa Rex, Twisted Pine, and Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters; we'll hear an exclusive in-studio session with Portland-based singer-songwriter, John Craigie; some classic Piedmont blues from Warner Williams and Eddie Pennington; plus favorites from The Howlin' Brothers and many more.

In hour two, more new music from the Lonesome River Band, Slaid Cleaves, Steve Earle & The Dukes, and Oh Susanna; an exclusive Folk Alley recording from the 2017 FestiTrad in Quebec featuring the a capella qunitet, Musique à Bouche; plus more favorites from John Prine, Greg Brown, The Avett Brothers, Eilen Jewell, The Wood Brothers, Dave Alvin & Rosie Flores, and many more.




Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:22 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170706

July 8, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgIf you're not lucky enough to live in one of the 50 markets currently airing the Folk Alley weekly radio show, now you can stream the most recent episodes on-demand right here.

**Audio for this episode is no longer available.**

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.

This week, in hour one, new music from Lonesome River Band, Kasey Chambers, Sam Baker, Slaid Cleaves, Rachel Baiman, and one from Oh Susanna's new album, 'A Girl In Teen City'; a set featuring exclusive recordings with Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence from the 2017 30A Songwriters Festival; everything will be alright with Deb Talan and Bob Dylan; plus more favorites from Rod Picott and Jimmy LaFave.

In hour two, more new music from Offa Rex, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, The Mavericks, and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit; we'll hear a track from Twisted Pine's self-titled debut album, and a new live track from the O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor; plus favorites from Gretchen Peters, Elephant Revival, Nickel Creek, and more.



Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 7:36 PM

A Q & A with Molly Tuttle

July 7, 2017

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for Folk Alley

molly tuttle.jpg .jpgAsk pretty much anyone over, say, 35 to name the best pickers in roots music and their list would likely include the standards: Bryan Sutton, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, et al. But, if you asked someone in the younger set, that list might very well include Sarah Jarosz, Sierra Hull, and Molly Tuttle. With her new EP, Rise, Tuttle aims to secure her place on the list, while also showcasing her talents as a singer and a songwriter.

Kelly McCartney: You made some big geographic moves over the past few years. How did the different landscapes and communities inform your creative expression on this record?

Molly Tuttle: Growing up in California, I was very immersed in the bluegrass scene out there. My dad teaches music and, through him, I met a lot of local Bay Area musicians and started going to shows and festivals in the area. It was a wonderful community to grow up in because everyone was very supportive. I fell in love with jamming and performing with friends who played bluegrass and that is how I started down the path of wanting to pursue music as a career.

When I moved to Boston to study music at Berklee, I became interested in music theory for the first time and was also exposed to many different styles of music that I previously hadn't listened to or studied. A lot of my guitar teachers came from jazz and blues backgrounds so I was exposed to different ways of thinking about music and different ways of approaching improvisation which was really great. Now, living in Nashville, I am completely inspired by the incredible musicianship and creativity that thrives here. It has been a huge learning experience to try co-writing with more experienced writers around town.

From Hazel Dickens to Bob Dylan, how do you hear your different influences coming through your work?

Hazel was one of the first people I listened to who inspired me to try and find a unique voice and try writing my own songs from my own life experiences. In her writing and singing, you can tell that everything comes straight from her heart and that really spoke to me. She has her own way of singing and writing that doesn't really fit in any box -- it is totally her own.

When I listened to Bob Dylan for the first time, I immediately was blown away by his lyrics and how he seemed to break conventional songwriting "rules." He really inspired me, as a writer, to be a little more free with song form and lyrical content. Joni Mitchell was another big hero of mine who I got into in college. I feel influenced by her creative guitar voicings -- she is one of my favorite guitarists. Dave Rawlings is another big guitar hero of mine who taught me that is okay to break "rules" with what notes and intervals you play.

Even though you're very clear about expanding your musical horizons, are you expecting or have you experienced any pushback from the "that ain't bluegrass" crowd? If so, how do you handle that tactfully?

I have experienced a little push back, but not as much as I might have thought I would when I first started writing my own songs and breaking away from the traditional bluegrass sound. I think the shift for me has happened gradually, and I am lucky to have amazing and loyal fans who support the direction that I am heading in.

You've been making music for more than half your life now, sometimes alongside legends. How do you balance confidence, nervousness, and humility in those situations?

Over time, my confidence in myself and as an artist has grown. I used to be very self-conscious when playing and performing, especially around musicians that I admired. Experience and time has taught me that it's okay to make mistakes and that I have something valuable to offer with my music. It has taken me a while to find a balance between being confident in my abilities in any situation, and also recognizing how much I have to learn from others.

In a perfect world, what would you want people to take away from your music?

I think that music can make people feel a sense of connection, hope, and joy. I hope that my music can bring comfort and happiness to others!

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Molly Tuttle's EP, 'Rise' is available now via iTunes and Amazon.com

Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 4:00 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #170629

July 6, 2017

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgIf you're not lucky enough to live in one of the 50 markets currently airing the Folk Alley weekly radio show, now you can stream the most recent episodes on-demand right here.

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.

In hour one of this episode, we celebrate America with music from Martin Sexton and Simon & Garfunkel; new music from Molly Tuttle, Jeff Tweedy, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Sarah Jane Scouten, and The Secret Sisters; we'll hear an exclusive in-studio performance by Darrell Scott; and a new live track from Old Crow Medicine Show in honor of the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's 'Blonde on Blonde'; plus favorites from Amanda Shires, The Earls of Leicester, Eric Bibb & Maria Muldaur, and more.

In hour two, more new music from Sam Baker, Steve Earle & the Dukes, The Waifs, Quiles & Cloud, and Joan Shelley; we'll hear a set from Kasey Chambers' new album, 'Dragonfly'; and we take the Chevy to the Levy with a classic track from the great Don McLean; plus more favorites from the O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor, Tim O'Brien, and Mary Gauthier.

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Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally. For more information contact Linda Fahey at 518-354-8077: Linda@folkalley.com

Posted by Linda Fahey at 5:29 PM

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